It was clear I wanted to be a development worker because I had attended the NACWYCA summer youth camp while in High school and had a taste of being a peer educator. I knew not that I will some time in the future become a Peer Educator Trainer (PET).
October 2014 was when I took the revamping decision that was going to change my life forever.
My friend and brother Barnie encouraged me to take an abrupt trip to Ikorodu, Lagos State where I lived to volunteer for 3 months alongside other volunteers from the UK.
This was to become the best decision of my life as I did not know it was going to speed up my growth in the development sector.
VSO ICS provided that platform for me and although I spent just 3 months in Ikorodu working with young people around diverse developmental issues, I came away with more than a year’s work experience (VSO Alumni can relate to this)
I can write a whole dissertation on my experience but I will allow the pictures to speak for themselves.
Do you have passion for personal, community and international development? Do you want to be a development worker like me? Do you want to NOT get paid but remain smiling while giving back to the world? Do you want to gain an equivalent of over a year’s work experience under 3 months (Sounds impossible huh? so I thought too).
Because of VSO ICS I am still a volunteer.
Yes sir, VSO ICS alumni can relate. Likewise me, my 3 months volunteering in Gwada a small community in Shiroro LGA of Niger state in 2018 spacked out the desire and love to keep volunteering in the best possible ways I can. The 3 months were the best months I’ve ever experience positive personal development in my life.
Absolutely Tarhemba, volunteering speeds up personal and community development.