Thanks for Joining Us!August 2 2017

Last week we said good bye to Leanne who has been with us on placement from Uni since January and Molly who has been doing work experience with us for the last four weeks. This is what they had to say:

 

Molly

I’m here at EdKaid doing a 4-week placement alongside Teresa and Leanne. I’m currently studying Theoretical Physics at The University of Birmingham, going into my final year, and after this I would like to go into a career relating to fundraising, working for a charitable organisation. Getting the chance to have four weeks of work experience at EdUKaid has been a real privilege, to be able to work alongside Teresa and Leanne, and to see how EdUKaid runs on a day to day basis. It’s an opportunity to get a real insight into how a growing charity works, and to see all that they are doing.

Why I’m volunteering at Edukaid

I have always had a passion for fundraising, and have organised various fundraising events in the past, so when I was considering summer internships, working for a charity such as EdUKaid seemed ideal. I love studying physics, and the subjects I get to cover really interest me, but my heart has always been in charity work, so the choice between a physics internship or one within a charity was an easy choice to make.

The work so far

EdUKaid are such a diverse organisation, carrying out many different projects to improve education in Tanzania. The work I have been doing so far is researching into how to develop fundraising within the UK for the projects that EdUKaid do in Tanzania, specifically looking at how the community can be more involved with fundraising projects. It has given me a chance to explore different charities and see how they run their fundraising campaigns, and how to expand existing fundraising strategies.

The work I am doing is allowing me to gain many different skills, that are very different to those I learn studying physics. I have been able to widen my knowledge, and consider other charities and how they operate and the ways that we can learn from the work they do. I’ve also had the opportunity to sit in on a trustee board meeting and see how it operates.

Over my 4 weeks here, I’ve had the chance to see what it is like working within the development sector, and how charities such as EdUKaid run, as well as how they plan for the future. It has been a great experience to work alongside people who are so passionate about the work the charity does, and who really want to do the best for those they are working with in Tanzania.

 

Leanne

Over the last 7 months I have been lucky enough to work here at EdUKaid as part of my University degree, and I have loved every minute. I have had the opportunity to get involved with fundraising, sponsorship, monitoring and evaluation, and I can’t quite believe it’s coming to an end! Studying International Development is a challenge, it can be heavy subject matter (as it should be), and it can sometimes feel that there is a disconnect between theory and delivering projects and initiatives that have a real impact on breaking the cycle of poverty. EdUKaid’s community led approach is something that I cannot emphasize the importance of enough, and being able to see how the team learn and respond to project feedback is really inspiring. The respect and partnership between the UK team and the Tanzanian team is so vital to the success of our projects and being able to get involved with such a dynamic and positive organisation has been an amazing experience. 

Although I wasn’t able to visit any of the schools myself, it’s clear that the work that the EdUKaid team do is invaluable just by hearing some of the stories that come from our teachers and children. Something that struck me is the relationship EdUKaid schools have with their respective communities, just since I started we’ve seen so many ex-pupils reach out to us to tell us what they are doing now and where they plan to go with their careers, and it is humbling to know that we have played a role at all in shaping these individual’s futures.

I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with a team of dedicated individuals who are so passionate about what they do, and I have no doubt that I will continue to support EdUKaid in any way that I can!

 

Thanks for joining us and for your hard work, enjoy the rest of University!

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