Community Post: Volunteering in Nigeria – Natasha Wright
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.
VSO 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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