Community Outreach Volunteer (Lattitude Global Volunteering)
The needs of communities and individuals around
the world are varied and diverse. As a Community Outreach Worker you will work
within communities to provide assistance in meaningful ways, often to
disadvantaged groups. This may involve working with young people with special
needs, or elderly people in community centres. Alternatively you might work
with a youth organisation or undertake education and awareness programmes
through partner organisations to highlight issues such as HIV and AIDS. The
work can be challenging but is truly rewarding and will give you a unique
insight into the life of your new community
Our placements in Ghana
are embedded in local communities, designed to deliver sustainable outcomes
that make a positive impact on members of the local community. Working in
support of the UN’s Millennium Goals, our Community Development projects focus
on local intervention programmes that support national priorities. We
support programmes for economic growth, which build resilience and support the
long term benefit of overseas communities.
work on programmes that support women’s empowerment, HIV and AIDS
education programmes, engaging local youths in education and sustainable food
production. Volunteers will work closely with local staff and can also be
involved in the planning and management of the project, monitoring and
reporting. Some projects give the opportunity to work alongside
in-country volunteers as well!
This role is a unique
opportunity for enthusiastic and committed individuals to gain essential
professional experience in community-level international development, while
also developing transferable employability skills in leadership, communication,
team work, confidence, cross cultural understanding and problem solving.
Casa Bethel in Cordoba
is a community home for some 150 children and disabled adults. The children are
unable to be looked after by their parents and most have been placed there by a
court of law. Our volunteers are normally attached to one house (by gender),
but there is scope for you to work in different parts of the home. Your most
important asset will be a positive attitude, your willingness to take the
initiative, be able to work on demand and live in a community where everything is
being shared. There is a coordinator who you will guide you with the tasks.
The children range from
babies to 16 years old and some of them may be very demanding. There is a very
strong community atmosphere and you soon become one of the family if you are
able to adapt and understand their reality.
Volunteer duties range
from helping disabled adults, and the elderly with meal times, entertainment
and keeping them company, and also helping children with homework and playing
and reading with them.