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Work 4 The Crescent Millroad, Middleton Co. Cork Ireland Work Phone: + 353 21 4621748 Website: Friends Of Londiani Website
http://www.friendsoflondiani.com/

Biography

Mission Statement
The mission of Friends of Londiani is to work in partnership with the people of Londiani, and its surrounding villages to develop and complete sustainable community projects to enable and empower the people to achieve an improved quality of life based on their values and become the authors of their own development. The Friends of Londiani will endeavour to achieve these goals in a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect with one another and with the people of the area. This partnership will enable members of Friends of Londiani to further develop skills and a deeper cultural understanding.

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Intro
Harambee is a swahili word which means ‘working together’ and this is what volunteering with FOL is all about. Most years, there are two Harambee’s from Ireland – one in July/August and another in October/November.  Harambee provides a short-term volunteer placement opportunity for 2 or 3 weeks in Kenya along with a training programme around it to enhance the experience and help prepare you for it.  Not enough time to change the world but enough time to change your way of looking at it.  This is a chance to use your skills to help make changes to peoples lives and to explore hands on for yourself an understanding of global development issues.  It is also an opportunity to learn new skills

Is Irish
Yes

Non Profit
Yes

Organisation Type
Short-term/Intercultural, Community Development

Age Requirements
Minimum age is 18

Language Requirements
English

Disability Access
Depends on placement; contact organisation for further details

Education Requirement
No

Other Requirements
Volunteers must be willing to work on a team, attend the training weekends and debriefing/evaluation weekend

Application Procedure
Harambee provides a short-term volunteer placement opportunity for 2 or 3 weeks in Kenya along with a training programme around it to enhance the experience and help prepare you for it.  Anyone aged 18 years or over on January 1st on the project year can apply. There is no upper age limit but medical proof of fitness is required for anyone over 70 years of age.  Application forms can be downloaded from FOL website or by emailing [email protected]

Cost
Costs are broken into 2 areas – personal costs which cover training expenses, flights, transport, food & accomodation in Kenya and fundraising costs which is an agreed amount that each volunteer commits to raising to support the community development programmes in Kenya.   Costs vary from project to project – see the FOL website for current costs.   Costs in addition to these will include travel insurance, vaccinations, visa for Kenya and any optional tourist activities at the end of the project, these will vary from person to person.

Benefits
Flights, food, accommodation, training, project support

 

Work Individually/In Teams
In teams

Code Of Practice

Yes. FoL are signatories to Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice for volunteer sending agencies.

Volunteer Charter
Yes. Volunteers receive a copy of Comhlamh’s Volunteer Charter.

In Country Support
Yes, available full-time

Pre Programme Training

FOL has a comprehensive volunteer training programme for all volunteers travelling to Kenya with them.  Participation and completion of this training programme is compulsory for all volunteers.  Time wise it will involve committing to approx. 4 days or evenings overall spread out over time before you travel and when you come home.

Topics covered will include:

  • Community Development
  • Kenya’s Healthy Village Programme
  • Practicalities e.g. fundraising support; volunteer health & first aid; what to bring with you etc.
  • Skills Training – any specific skills training you require related to the work that will be happening in Kenya during your volunteer placement
  • Team-building & Cultural Awareness
  • Opportunities for staying engaged with development after your overseas placement

Part of the training programme covers details on FOL’s policies and safe practices and all volunteers are required to adhere to these and also to be willing to be Garda-vetted.

Post-Programme Debriefing
Holds an evaluation and debriefing weekend

Contact with Returned Volunteers
Yes

Location
Africa
Countries
Kenya

Activities
Community Development
Construction
Education
Health/Medical
Other

Duration
0-4 Weeks
1-3 Months

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