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Hope Development Volunteers works in cooperation with grass-roots organizations in Africa. We support these organizations through small volunteer grants and recruit volunteers to support their work and help increase their capacity. As part of our partnership with these organizations, Hope Development Volunteers has made certain aspects a priority, things we feel are very important in a working relationship and to make sure both sides benefit as much as possible.
The organizations Hope Development Volunteers works with in Africa were established and are run by local residents. They existed prior to Hope Development Volunteers’ involvement with them and run completely without interference from Hope Development Volunteers. Their main purpose is to support their local community: mainly children, youth and vulnerable adults.
The volunteer programs which Hope Development Volunteers promotes are owned and run by our partners. Even though Hope Development Volunteers often offers advice and support to our partners when setting up their volunteer program, the partner organization determines what the program consists of: content, finance and practical matters are all decided upon by the partner, before Hope Development Volunteers begins promoting the program to potential volunteers.
ADVANTAGES OF WORKING WITH US:
We can provide you with substantial manpower support from international volunteers. We can refer individuals and groups of volunteers to your project!
You would need to designate a coordinator (counterpart) from your own team, who would ensure your volunteers are started in useful work on the day after arrival.
After seeing and experiencing at first hand the work that you do, some participants will want to establish a closer and ongoing relationship with you. This could develop into important support/donor relationship.
Effects & dependency
To all the organizations that Hope Development Volunteers works with, volunteers are an added value, never an essential part of the organization. Volunteers provide support, knowledge, time, energy and extras like personal attention but they are never indispensable. This way we prevent an organization from becoming dependent on international volunteers’ support as we want our partners to remain independent and strong without our support.
The effect volunteers have on children, patients or others supported by our partners’ work, is regularly evaluated, When necessary, we adapt the program, together with our partners.
Selection & preparation
Hope Development Volunteers carefully selects which volunteers we send to our partners. With an application and selection procedure that is specific to each partner and in which they have final say, we make sure that only those who are suitable are able to volunteer with us. In addition to this, Hope Development Volunteers makes sure volunteers are well prepared for their trip, so that they arrive at the partner with accurate expectations and knowing what their role is.
Our relationship with our partners, the volunteer programs they run and the volunteers we send, are regularly evaluated, both by Hope Development Volunteers and our partners. This way we ensure our work and that of our volunteers, continues to benefit the work our partners carry out.
Financial contributions we make to our partners’ work are also checked meticulously. Every grant that is made is evaluated thoroughly, so that both Hope Development Volunteers and the partner organization can learn for a next grant. All contributions are accounted for.
Hope Development Volunteers supports partners in several ways:
•Starting and running a volunteer program: all of our partners work with international volunteers. Hope Development Volunteers offers support in starting a program, setting it up and running it.
•Sending volunteers: Hope Development Volunteers raises volunteers in several countries from all around the world and links them to our partners’ programs.
•Funding: Hope Development Volunteers funds projects run by our partners, based on grant applications. Most of our funds are raised by volunteers, before or after they join a partner program.
Partner with us
We are always looking for new partners to work with! If you are interested in partnering with Hope Development Volunteers, please see below for more information.
Where we work
Currently, Hope Development Volunteers works in Uganda and Kenya but we are introducing our program to Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ghana, Zambia and Namibia soon. Due to the way we work, we are unable to partner with organizations outside of the areas in which we have a field office. We are however looking into partnering with organizations in new countries and areas, so please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish more information.
What we offer
When partnering with Hope Development Volunteers, you can expect certain things from us. We have summarized them below.
What we ask
Hope Development Volunteers works with locally run organizations in Africa. They are all NGOs, NPOs or CBOs, with a focus on social development. They include clinics, community centers, child care centers, educational projects and organizations working for specifically vulnerable groups in society, like street children or sexually abused children.
We have summarized the requirements we ask our partners to meet below.
What we offer
Within an equal partnership, each partner has something to offer. Here is what Hope Development Volunteers offers her partners:
1. We are a solid partner that is committed to making the world a better place. We are operated by people who feel the same commitment and who work enthusiastically to making this vision come true.
2. Hope Development Volunteers can help you in setting up a volunteer program, if necessary. Even though the program is and stays yours, we have a lot of experience in setting up programs like this, and we can offer this knowledge when setting up a program. If need be, financial resources to set up a program are also available.
3. We provide a constant influx of motivated, enthusiastic volunteers to participate in your program. Volunteers sent through Hope Development Volunteers are selected and well prepared, according to your program’s needs. For certain tasks, volunteers with specific skills can be found.
However, Hope Development Volunteers does not give any guarantees as to the number of volunteers raised. We feel this should not be a problem if our partners are not dependent on volunteers. Even though we try our best to fill available posts, guarantees are impossible to give.
4. Hope Development Volunteers has several media in place for you to communicate with (former) volunteers and us. We have a membership page program in place, we have links dedicated to our partners and face-book page is our main online meeting point for volunteers and others interested in our work, and we encourage our partners to stay in touch with these people by writing about their work regularly.
5. Hope Development Volunteers has coordinators in the areas in the countries where we work, responsible for our partners and volunteers. These persons are the main contact for all our partners, and are available for questions, to discuss issues or when an emergency arises. Our International coordinator also visits each of the partners in the countries on a yearly basis.
6. Hope Development Volunteers offers support to its partners by supplying grants. The majority of funds made available through Hope Development Volunteers come from volunteers raising money. Parts of these funds are sent to our partners during a volunteer’s stay, so she can experience directly how money she raised benefits the organization.
In addition to all this, an important part of Hope Development Volunteers’ work is engaging more people in development work in general. Even though this is not very tangible and may not seem to benefit our partners directly, we do create a setting that benefits our partners and others in the long run and on a much larger scale.
What we ask
In return for what we offer, Hope Development Volunteers also expects certain things of a partner: a number of general requirements for Hope Development Volunteers to be able to have a partnership at all, and a number of things related to a volunteer program.
Before considering a partnership, the following requirements must be met:
1. The organization is a registered non-profit and/or non-governmental organization (NPO/NGO) working in Africa.
2. The organization has a mission that is aimed at supporting vulnerable or underprivileged groups of children or adults.
3. The organization is able to offer volunteers an experience in which they work with these groups and other local people directly and in a way that promotes interaction, learning from each other and exchanging ideas.
4. The organization is able to offer volunteers the possibility to make a visible, even if small, difference in the lives of children or adults that the organization supports.
5. The organization is self-supporting and is properly managed by capable staff.
6. The organization has an annual report and financial report on the previous year that is available to Hope Development Volunteers on request. In addition to this, the organization is willing to be transparent to Hope Development Volunteers about its finances, as will be the case vice versa.
7. The organization subscribes to our program with an annual registration fees- see here the fee structure.
For the volunteer program, the requirements below apply. When setting up a volunteer program, Hope Development Volunteers is able to assist you with most of the items below.
1. The organization has a volunteer coordinator (Counterpart) – someone that coaches the volunteers during their experience. The coordinator prepares the volunteers for their work, has regular meetings with them to evaluate the progress of their work and is the contact person for the volunteers in case of problems.
2. The organization has a volunteer program – a well-defined program that has clear objectives and activities for the volunteers. Part of the program needs to be an introduction/preparation, to make sure volunteers will make the best use of their time at the program.
3. The program includes accommodation for the volunteers. This accommodation may be basic, but at least offers cooking facilities, proper sanitary facilities, sleeping facilities and space to relax.
4. The program includes transport for the volunteers: to transport them to and from the airport, between the accommodation and the work place (if applicable) and to transport them in case of an emergency.
5. The organization has emergency services in place: a plan for cases of emergency, so that volunteers can be transported to a hospital when the need arises.
6. The program offers volunteers facilities to keep in touch with Hope Development Volunteers and home. The organization is also able to communicate with Hope Development Volunteers directly and is willing to provide regular news and updates about their work.
7. The organization acknowledges the fact that Hope Development Volunteers’ mission is to involve as many people as possible in development work and issues, and that the volunteer program is an essential part in that mission. The organization has a part in helping Hope Development Volunteers reach this goal, by offering volunteers an experience that will encourage them to share once they are back home.