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The Role Of Education In Community Development

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We hope you found our post on benefits of homestay programs helpful. You might have also realized that we have been encouraging our readers and many other people to volunteer and one of the ways in which they can do this is through participating in the education sector of a community. Today. We will be discussing the role of education in community development.

So why is education so important for development in a given community?

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Education contributes to the stability of the community members

For one to get a great job or even reputation among other people, they need to be educated. It’s the best way to secure a promising future because you can land a high paying job through it. That will subsequently help you survive in this world without too much of a struggle.

It promotes equality

With education, all the members of the community will have a sense of equality when it comes to development. The equal opportunities that come with it help in elimination of the differences that normally exist in terms of social classes and different genders. In other words, it helps in women empowerment.’

It makes members of the community get a sense of self dependence and confidence

For anyone to be able to live without necessarily having to depend on others financially, they need a good education. Self dependence definitely contributes to community development as it makes people wiser and they can also make their own decisions. A good education will make it easier for you to express your views and your opinions and improves your chances of being heard and taken seriously.

It promotes peace and security

With good education, members of the community are in a better position to understand the difference between right and wrong and the consequences of doing what is considered wrong, Because of that, they are less likely to get into crime or situations known to bring dispute. In addition to that, it helps people know more about their rights and responsibilities as well as the law in general.

It spares you from exploitation

In a country that has rights and freedom for its citizens, there are a number who still want to infringe on their neighbor’s rights. Some want to fool others and the illiterate often fall victim to this. They may be duped into entering illegal businesses, signing false documents among others because they do not possess the right education to avoid it.

While more and more people particularly here in Africa are realizing that for them to get ahead in life they need an education, a lot is still needed for this to actually be achieved.

Other than that a lot of resources are still needed in order for schools in this developing countries to serve their particular communities.

There is always the need for stationery, staff and subordinate staff. For that reason, any help is highly appreciated. It is for that reason that at CIVS, we encourage those who are willing to volunteer to consider volunteering in schools. Here they can help in teaching how to read, write or even in creating a sound environment for people to study in.

Contact us today at CIVS Kenyaa and we will help you start the process.

Benefits Of Homestay Programs While Volunteering In Africa

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In our last post we talked about ways in which you can give back to your local community . Today, we will be discussing a bit about homestay programs for people volunteering in Africa.

Homestay programs have been around for years in developing countries. They are amazing as they usually give a travel experience like no other. It involves having visitors or in this case, volunteers staying in homes of the local people and through this, the volunteers can actually experience their hosts’ cultures and get to live like them on a daily basis.

It often feels like staying with family and is often a ticket to a new world. A new kind of life. Homestay programs may be great but they are not that easy. We will discuss the disadvantages in another post but today, let’s talk about the benefits of homestay programs while volunteering in Africa.

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So they include:

Homestays allow you to gain a new family, a home away from home

Staying in a host family enables you to develop a new relationship with people who you could end up considering family. Through it you can get a home away from your actual home and it could help you as a volunteer in Africa get rid of feelings of homesickness. Through it you can gain new siblings and relatives that could help you grow as a person.

Homestay programs provide an opportunity to partake in family traditions

When you as a volunteer in Africa get to live with a host family in a homestay program, you will get the chance to experience different celebrations with them such as birthdays, holidays and their routines. You will also get to learn how they communicate with each other and the rest of the community. You learn what they like to do, to eat, how they prepare their meals, among others. All these activities vary from home to home, from culture to culture and you definitely would miss out on these in case you choose to stay alone.

A homestay program enables you to learn about the culture of a nation altogether

Aside from just learning about the traditions of a single family, you can get to learn about the different cultures in general. This is quite fun and will elevate your experience as a volunteer in Africa. While you are living in a homestay kind of arrangement, you will be free with local people. You will find it easier to interact with the locals because they most likely share the same cultural values you see in your host family members. The homestay program will make it easier for you to fit into a different country with more ease.

Homestay programs help you in the process of learning the local language

While learning a local language is of benefit to volunteers in Africa, it can be a bit difficult. However, homestay programs provide an opportunity for you to learn the local language in a safer environment. You can get assistance from the local host family in translating different phrases, in writing and even in speech. The best part is that your hosts will not have a problem correcting and supporting you. Such an environment encourages you to be better.

It helps you learn and enjoy local delicacies

Well, food is a big part of tourism whether volunteer tourism or any other kind. So imagine just how much you as a volunteer in Africa can learn. You get to taste a lot of dishes you had probably never even heard of. You will get a taste of the local cuisines made in traditional style. The best thing is that since they are made at home, they will be of great quality, nice and clean. That is more reason for you to fully indulge.

Well, at CIVS Kenya, we make arrangements for all our volunteers to stay with host families during their stay in the country while they volunteer for as long as is necessary. You can contact us in case you are interested in volunteering in Africa and want to be part of a homestay program.

Factors That Lead To Failure Of Volunteer Work

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In our last post, we talked about importance of volunteer training. Today, here's something different.

A lot of work goes into ensuring that any volunteer work is successful. There is more to it than just giving your time. Volunteer organizations have to stay on top of handling every volunteer properly. Here are some factors that could lead to failure of volunteer work.


Failure To Think Of Volunteers Individually

Once a volunteer organization overlooks the power of focusing on each volunteer’s individual strength, weaknesses and talents, they fail to find the right fit for them. Remember, the key to successful volunteerism is giving the individual time to grow and develop themselves.

Assuming That The Volunteers Will Stick With You Until The End

The moment you fail to make the volunteers feel needed and valued, you start to lose them. People like to be in places where they feel like they are needed. That way they feel valued. Failure to constantly support and check on the volunteers will certainly lead to failure of volunteer work.

Failure To Seek The Volunteer’s Opinion Of Where They Prefer To Serve

Different people have different preferences and it has been proven many times that people actually thrive when they are placed in positions they are interested in. It is therefore very important to have a conversation with volunteers every now and then to find out what their desires are. As a volunteer organization, it is important to learn about their history and experiences. Failure to do so will lead to failure in volunteer work. In case they are not sure, you can always let them test drive the experience.

Giving Volunteers Tasks With No Instructions

Sometimes, volunteer organizations overlook the importance of job descriptions, clear visions and giving the volunteers an idea of the expected outcomes of their projects. This therefore leads to failure in volunteer work. Remember, coaching is very important. Giving clear guidelines, support and feedback could easily lead volunteers to great heights.

Failure To Care About The Volunteers’ Personal Lives

The state of people’s personal lives tends to reflect on their work. Whenever a volunteer decides to put in more time and work than is needed, it might be worth having a discussion with them. Find out how they are doing. Are they trying to avoid or escape anything in their personal lives? Finding out about the state of their family and close friends goes a long way in ensuring they are in the right frame of mind and healthy enough to balance their personal lives and professional work.

At CIVS, we take volunteering very seriously and as such, we focus on what’s important for the success of volunteer work.

Here Are Some Ways In Which You Can Give Back To Your Community

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Last week on our blog, we talked about certain factors that lead to failure of volunteer work. This week, we are giving you just a brief idea, a few suggestions on how you can start giving back to your community through simple ways that will still make a big impact.

Start by helping out your own family

While a lot of people wish they had time to give back to their local community in a big way, they do not. This perhaps owing to the fact that we live in harder times and as a result people are often busy. However, you do not have to go so far. Look within your own family. You will realize that in some instances certain people might be overlooked every now and then. Such people include the elderly. So how about volunteering to cook for your grandmother, clean your grandfather’s compound, fetch water for them, help them organize their house. Even spending time with them to ensure they are not lonely does count. All this counts as volunteering in your local community as a family is the simple, most basic unit in a community.

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Give Back At Your Local School

Did you know that often times the people who work at the schools near you are overworked? There’s always so much for them to do and at times they end up getting stressed out, they end up not spending enough time with their families among other challenges. The problem is that most of us believe it is solely their responsibility to keep the schools afloat. However, volunteering at that local school provides an opportunity for you to give back to your local community. Through this, you will not only be helping those who work at the schools but also the children who get education from there.

Take time to volunteer at a hospital near you

Hospitals are usually not the most interesting places to be at. Unfortunately though, people still get sick and on a daily basis. They often need some encouragement from those who are healthy.The workers in those hospitals could also use your help. Therefore, another way to give back to your local community is to volunteer at that hospital nearby. Best believe, it will make a huge difference. You could help sit with the patients and watch over them, work with the kids, help in serving the food, push the patients using wheelchairs, among others. They would really appreciate it.

Coaching a local team

In just a single community, there could be so many talented people who might not know what to do with their talent. Maybe you as a person who is interested in giving back to your local community is good at a certain activity such as playing football, dancing, acting, among others. How about volunteering some of your time to teach people within your local area how to embrace their talent and use it for their good. Help them find opportunities such as competitions to participate in. Help them find sponsors and most of all to believe in themselves.

Organize a charity activity

It just so happens that some people are great at business. Did you know that you could use that gift to help out your local community? You could volunteer to organize an activity such as a yard sale or a competition, whereby the proceeds of that would go back to the community. The proceeds could be used to buy clothes, food, books or equipment for members of your local community who might be in need of them. This is a great way to give back to your local community while developing your given gift in the process.

So those are just a few ways you can start volunteering in your local community before you ever decide to volunteer abroad. In case of any questions, visit our website or contact us for more details on volunteering.

Importance Of Volunteer Training In The Volunteering Process

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We talked about the characteristics of a good volunteer in our previous post. However, it is important to understand that other than those individual qualities, there is more required in order for the volunteering process to be successful. Today, we will discuss the importance of volunteer training.

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To maintain consistency during the volunteering process

Whenever you receive a group of volunteers, it is important to give them training so that they handle the different tasks ahead of them in the same way. It is important to give them a similar curriculum and techniques of handling tasks. This will result in the volunteers maintaining consistency in their volunteering whether it’s through how they interact with people, how they use the tools around them and their expectations from the entire process.

It gives volunteers confidence to perform their duties properly

Through volunteer training, the volunteers get a sense of self confidence because they are able to believe in themselves and their ability to succeed in their volunteering mission. The confidence that comes as a result of the training plays a big role in improvement of their satisfaction with the work they have done and it subsequently leads to the growth and success of any organization.

Volunteer training enables assessment of volunteer performance

Volunteer training provides an opportunity for volunteers to be assessed on how well they are doing in their projects against the objectives that were put in place for them during the training process. We are all aware that it is not very easy to determine whether or not someone is doing well when there is nothing for them to compare their performance to.

It gives the volunteers a sense of value

When you take your time to train volunteers, they appreciate the time and effort you put into it. Putting in a great training experience allows the sharing of useful information that will in more than just one way help them achieve what exactly they got into volunteering for. When they feel valued, they also end up putting in more effort and commitment in their different volunteering roles.

It enables volunteers to help without completely taking away the roles of the local people

It is already difficult to find jobs especially in developing countries. The economies are still growing. Imagine what would happen if volunteers came and took up the roles of the local people. That is why it is very important to train volunteers. That way, they will not overstep their boundaries. Through training, they will be able to understand what is required of them in terms of input.

It creates a sense of harmony between the locals and the volunteers

Volunteer training creates an environment that enables the volunteers to learn about the culture of where they will be staying, what the people love, how to be patient with them among others. Once they are familiar with this, the communities will be more receptive towards those volunteering among them.

We at CIVS offer volunteer training for all the volunteers who join us in our different projects. We make it a point to ensure the volunteers are well equipped before they go out to the community. You can always contact us in case of any questions.

Thank you for stopping by.