In an era of decreasing foreign aid and rising donor scepticism, the amount now being channelled through independent NGOs operating in developing countries is actually rising. With over 300,000 now operating across Africa and more than 1 million in India alone, the most important question in International Development today is how to improve the impact and accountability of these organisations whilst ensuring the long term sustainability of their worthwhile activities. Never has the demand for sound financial management support across the sector been greater.
Vital practical experience in the Charity & International Development sectors
In a time when the job market is recovering and many accountants are still without work or looking for a more rewarding career, volunteering is not only a good and productive way to use some down time but also a great way to develop vital practical skills. Many of our volunteers look at volunteering as the only way to pick up essential charity/ development sector experience, as CVs with purely commercial experience are often discarded without proper consideration. Skilled volunteering is both a socially responsible and cost effective way for accountants to develop key skills while at the same time enabling grassroots community organisations to access a vast pool of otherwise unobtainable talent.
A survey carried of the UK’s leading businesses by Time Bank UK found that 94% of employees who volunteered had benefited either by getting their job, improving their salary, or being promoted. 73% of employers said they would employ a candidate with volunteering experience over one without. Over 20% of our volunteers now work in the charity sector and, without exception, all say volunteering inspired them to make the change and open the right doors. Please take some time to read about these inspiring individuals on our Career Changers pages.
Will I enjoy this experience?
Don’t for one minute think that just because you’ll be working on serious issues that it won’t be any fun. Many of our volunteers are surprised at how much they genuinely have in common with those they came to help and how much laughter they share together. A good sense of humour and the ability to laugh at oneself are probably two other qualities you’ll need.
We are confident you’ll encounter a variety of new challenges, share new experiences with a diverse range of people and learn new skills that will give you confidence to face challenges in other areas of your life. You’ll be inspired and get back so much more than you give! Dont take our word, please take some time to read through our Past Volunteers blogs, interviews and case studies