Posted: Thu 8th Aug 2013

Community Post: Volunteering in Nigeria – Natasha Wright

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Aug 8th, 2013

On 1st October this year I will be heading out to Nigeria with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) for 12 weeks to work on projects in education and secure livelihoods. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

vsoVSO is an international development charity whose aim is to fight poverty through sending volunteers out to work in developing and impoverished countries across Asia, Africa and the Pacific. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The following quote from their website says it all: “VSO believes that putting people at the heart of development is the only way to make a real difference in the world.” My programme is run by the International Citizen Service (ICS). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The VSO-ICS scheme, which is supported by the UK’s Department for International Development, is specially designed to give 18-25 year olds the opportunity to make a difference in developing communities and encourage more and more young people to get involved in volunteering. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Part of the ICS programme requires all volunteers to raise £800 for their charity (in my case – VSO) before their departure. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Through fundraising events and family and friends’ sponsorships, I have now raised over £400. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

On 18th August I have a bagpacking event in Tesco Broughton. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

There aren’t many of us at the moment, so if you would like to do a little good for the world and help me out for a few hours, please get in touch! ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

You can also support this great charity through my JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/natashawrightvso ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me so far in fundraising and volunteering. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The final part of my placement upon returning to the UK will be to organise and carry out an Action at Home plan. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

This will involve sharing the knowledge and experience I will have gained in Nigeria in my local community, Deeside, and encouraging more young people to get involved in volunteering. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you would like to help, please just get in touch! ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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