My time volunteering

I had the most amazing experience volunteering with VSO , on July 2018 i started working in Lindi region under EEVT (Enhancing employablity through vocational training )  project. This project seek to impact employability skills to  VETA students and in some extent to bring awareness about global issues such as SDGs  to the community.

During three months of hardworking i found myself in several activities that improve my abilities in different ways, as the project took us through ACDs (Active Citizen Days)   and CAD (Community  Action Days)  I learnt a great deal of global issues  that could enhance  positive impacts to both personally and the community.

Gender inequality,Human rights,Women empowerment, Hygiene &Sanitation as well as Littering & Recycling are some of the global issues  that this project get through . Organizing community events were the best way of delivering  although some of the events were conducted among volunteers to enable them to learn and develop to be an active citizens.

I had multiple roles and i was happy to step into each task to make changes and this was due to the nature of activities and VSO ways of facilitating that involves enegizer,games , visual expression ,and involvement methods. 

Facilitation in classes is the first role ,where i was responsible with several subjects such as SDGs ,career guidance life skills and English. I've been facilitating to fellow youth and  I could say the experience  is real ,students were active and free to express their ideas and this was also the tool to measure their perception ,skills and the bridge to improve the facilitation skills.

My very second role was connecting and matching  VETA graduates with jobs ,I did this with "Kazi connect office" making calls to graduates as to update and edit their CVs ,connect them with employers,coaching them about interview ,record their current status and  information .This work was interesting ,it taught me to take initiative ,to manage time, and to  communicate effectively.

Also I facilitated on life and work based skills,interview as well as CV guidelines to short course students and people from outside VETA ,this session aims to prepare the candidate for job application ,therefore I tried to make it more practical as to allow their mind the receive the real picture of interview .Sometimes i had a class of older people (35-40)and i treated the situation as an advantage to learn from them.

Lucky enough , I supported TLED project for few days ,making calls to small entreprenuers reminding them  to complete their business grant  proposal  before deadline as well as updating  information of these candidates. It was nice working with TLED  because it taught me new things that i could never imagine.

 

The impact of my placement

The big impact  on the project is what i delivered to the community of Lindi,that  I've accomplished the aims of the projects. The fact that I spent three months doing all tasks associated with the project as the part to accomplish this project ,I did KAP surveys to measure the knowledge before and after the facilitation and the results can prove the impact of my doings.

 

My unforgettable moments

Supporting six graduates  to get an internship opportunity at Cassava company  is the best memory i have ever had. My commitment ,hardworking together with  great supervision from Kazi Connect staffs I managed to do a job connection and it was  unforgettable moment throughout my placement.

At this office we always work to meet the objectives and at the same time it was not easy to put  graduates into employment , majority of students are poor  in English taking into account that most of interview are conducted in English.This is the reason  i consider this situation as the best memory. 

The impact my placement has had on me

I only spent three months in my placement but without my knowledge I  have  created the impact that will last  forever,

  • VSO has taught me how to be an active citizen.
  • It has provided me with skills that stimulate my confidence to stand out and act.
  • VSO is the only organization that opened my eyes and shows me the way to my career.
  • Due to VSO experience, I have become curious to learn from other nationalities ,their culture, technology and the ways of work.
  • It has also taught me to value time and the way ages relates with life progress.

 

VETA (Vocational Education Training Authority)

VSO Tanzania,Dar-es-salaam
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11000 Dar-es-salaam
Tanzania

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