Through my job at Oxford University Alumni Office, I have been promoting an alumni volunteering programme run by Yale University which Oxford alumni can also join. I’ve received some amazing feedback from volunteers who went on one of the Yale Alumni Service Corps volunteering programmes in August 2012. They joined a group of about 150 volunteers to support a community in Yamoransa, Ghana.
What I really like about this project is how well it has been set-up and organised by the team at Yale (who incidentally are mostly volunteers themselves) and how it demonstrates that a short period of volunteering from a mixed group can still be very effective if it is developed in close consultation with the local community and based on their needs. It has definitely made me rethink my views on short-term, unskilled volunteering and I would like to see more examples of these kind of volunteering programme promoted more widely. I will definitely post more examples on my blog when I come across them!
Take a read through the volunteers’ feedback – they describe in their own words the contribution they were able to make and how the community responded.