Social Impact Project for ICT or Media Expert to Mentor and Develop Curriculum
Project Description and Impact
We are a non-profit organisation enabling young adults in impoverished rural areas of Eastern Africa to work and to live a life full of opportunity while remaining in their home area. The students are equipped with IT and media skills and are then encouraged to become entrepreneurs. Through selling digital services online they become self-sustaining and can even employ new cohorts of trainees. In 2015 we started off in Turkana county, North Kenya, where traditional sources of income are extremely limited due to infertile soil and poor infrastructure.
We are looking for professional volunteers who can spend between two and four months in one of the most remote areas of East‐Africa mentoring a team of young adults on their way to become entrepreneurs on the global digital market. Build up a relationship with bright African minds, and enable them to have a successful career, without having to leave their home region. It will be a live‐changing experience, for you and for our students!
By participating in the MovingWorlds Institute, you will first learn social impact frameworks and human-centered design before putting your existing skills and new knowledge to action.In addition, this organization will expose you to new things, like:
- Experience an innovative and unique approach to livelihood development in remote Africa.
- Learn how an organisation with decentralized decision-making operates: we follow a Holacracy approach to management.
- Improve your cultural sensitivity and understanding. You will struggle, for sure, but you will gain enormously.
- Improve what you teach: Usually, our mentors report that they have learned a lot about the subjects themselves when helping our lions to understand it.
You, as a teaching volunteer, would receive full board and lodging.You live and work within our center in Lodwar, you will have your own bedroom and the house offers basic sanitary facilities as well as a kitchen and a chill-out lounge.
Lodwar is a small city (~50 000 inhabitants) located in the northwest of Kenya and west of Lake Turkana. Most of its population is still following traditional living habits in relatively poor conditions. At the same time, the city is the bustling center of the region with two nightclubs, many bars and restaurants. It is a 2-hour car drive away from the future ICT center.
From our NGO budget we are able to cater for breakfast and lunch during 6 days a week. Because our organisation doesnt cater for our students in the evenings nor on Sundays, volunteers and staff have to pay for the meals at these times. Usually, an average basic meal is around 1 USD, so that the monthly food cost would be around 30$.
Cold, filtered water is available unlimited and at all times.
As a volunteer, you might want to travel and do some sightseeing on the weekends. Lake Turkana, the world’s largest permanent alkaline desert lake located, is probably a must-see. The lake is also called the Jade Sea because of its azure-green color. The key attraction is “Central Island” with its three crater lakes – Crocodile Lake, Flamingo Lake and Tilapia Lake and an active volcano. You might even be able to spot some wild animals such as elephants, lions, giraffes or antelopes at the South Turkana National Reserve.
This project accepts virtual experteers.
About the Hosting Organization
Learning Lions is a Non-profit working on Education, Graphic Design, Information Technology (IT).