The Vodacom Change the World programme is calling for skilled South Africans to work at a non-profit organisation (NPO) of their choice for a year and get paid a salary. Through the programme, volunteers are paid a monthly salary to dedicate their time, energy, and skills to local NPOs for a year.
Having recognised that NPOs benefit more from the transfer of skills and experience than they do from cash donations, Vodacom is again calling for skilled people who want to make a difference.
"We have seen how our past and present volunteers have transformed the lives of people around them and can attest to the success that ordinary people can achieve when given the right opportunity. The opportunity to make a positive difference by donating your skills and time to an NPO is now available to you," said Maya Makanjee, chief officer corporate affairs of Vodacom.
This unique initiative, which has been running since 2010, has resulted in some phenomenal volunteers donating their time.
If you've got the passion and skills to make a real difference in your local community, why not get involved? First you'll need to approach your chosen NPO and gain their support. Agree on a project plan and deliverables for your time with them and submit your application at www.vodacom.co.za/changetheworld
Applications in which the project focus is on health, education and the use of information communication technology (ICT) to solve social needs will have an advantage.
A list of NPOs
To help you select an organisation to approach, we have compiled a list of NPOs on the website that have already identified their need for a volunteer. Or you may select an NPO of your own choice.
Entries to take part in the 2013 Vodacom Change the World programme are now open and will close at 4pm on 20 January, 2013.
Applicants must be 18 years or older and be South African residents. Successful applicants will be notified by 25 March, 2013, and must be available for their induction from 21 to 24 April, 2013, with placements commencing 2 May, 2013. For more information, go to www.vodacom.co.za/changetheworld