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"Volunteering has left me with some great memories, having met some fantastic people making a real difference."
Alistair (CIPFA)
Botswana
"I woke to the wonderful site of half a dozen monkeys playing just outside my bedroom window!!"
Mark (ICAEW)
Malawi
"Suddenly it was Friday! It is amazing how settled in we feel after just one week. We kind of like it here!"
Jeannette and Andrew (ACA)
Tanzania
"I was still using my brain but in completely different surroundings"
Kate (ACA)
Peru
"From my first day at PJL, every employee made me feel like one of the team."
Meghan (ICAS)
Madagascar
"Strolled in today and loved the energy of the town. But no coffee. Anywhere."
Phil (CIMA) & Natalia
Malawi
"I enjoyed challenge of working in a completely different environment"
Karim (ACA)
Uganda
"This will be my first trip to India and I'm looking forward to learning lots of new things."
Jonathan (FCA)
India
"I was very fortunate to meet such kind and wise people. They made my stay in Nicaragua very special and I thank them very much."
Agnes (ICAS)
Nicaragua
"I am finding people extremely helpful, and very patient with my terrible Spanish – 8% on duolingo only goes so far!"
Kerry (CPA Canada)
Peru
""Hopefully I can do something useful on the finance stuff while enjoying the experience.""
Dan (ACA)
Malawi
"Take time off to explore the country. Don't waste the opportunity!"
John (FCMA)
India
"Well done AfID. I truly appreciate all the support and initiative from you."
John (ACA) & Lester (CPA)
Cambodia
"Make sure you explore"
Chizoba (ACMA)
Cambodia
"AfID and YaLa Africa have been very helpful getting things organized."
Bob (CPA Canada)
Rwanda
"I landed in Ghana just over three weeks ago and to say I was petrified was putting it mildly."
Olivia (ICAS)
Ghana
"Think about renting an apartment, even for short placements."
Carl (CIMA)
Cambodia
"I learned so much about Kenyan culture and had the chance to visit some beautiful places."
Diane (ACCA)
Kenya
"I lived in an area I am interested in, worked in a language I love"
Matthias (CIMA)
Guatemala
"Go with the flow as you can’t be prepared for everything."
Alexandra, ACA
Malawi
Joanna, CIPFA
Cambodia
Lee San (FCCA)
Uganda
"I have met and worked with some amazing people and shared some very special experiences."
Juliette (ACCA)
Vietnam
"Be realistic about what you can achieve."
Sally (ICAS)
Sierra Leone
"Just training on Excel skills and how to keep proper paper records can be a significant change for small organisations."
Katy (ACA)
Malawi
Amy (ACA)
Tanzania
"Say yes to everything! And ask lots of questions."
Emily (CIMA)
Nepal
"A highlight was the children on their way to school in the mornings waving and shouting ‘good morning’ which was lovely."
Amy (ACA)
Tanzania
"My time in Uganda was extremely worthwhile in teaching me how to engage with others."
Phil (ACA)
Uganda
"Personally I find that disturbing your comfort zone and embracing new experiences is very invigorating."
Malcolm (ACCA)
Argentina
"The volunteering I did gave me the confidence to take on a larger, more permanent assignment."
Gregor (CA)
Cambodia
"Without my volunteering experience with AfID I'm not sure that I would have secured my first role outside of practice."
Louise (ACA)
UK
"Volunteering provided a great opportunity to learn more about the charity sector."
Sarah (CA)
India
"My advice is to go for it! You'll learn a lot and change your perspective of the world."
Hannah (CA)
Malawi
"I wanted to use my skills and experience gained in the private sector to benefit developing countries."
Jemini (ACCA)
Zambia
"It will be my first trip to sub-Saharan Africa and I'm not sure what to expect."
Peter (CIPFA) & Elizabeth
Malawi
"Getting some experience through volunteering is a good idea because it demonstrates your interest in the sector."
Kemi (ACCA)
UK
"I am amazed at how relevant my skills are – and by this I mean all the skills from the different parts of my career."
Chris (CA)
Argentina
"The team morale is extremely high which makes going to work so much more enjoyable."
Gerrard (MSc)
Malawi
"Do your research, follow your gut instincts, and use your common sense."
Laura (ACA)
Cambodia
"The sector is tremendously fulfilling. I am offered the chance to work with determined, passionate entrepreneurs on a daily basis."
Tyler (QBE)
Guatemala
"Dipping your toe in the water via volunteering is such a good way to gauge whether a wholesale change is the way to go."
Colin (ACA)
Malawi
"While I do enjoy having down times during my vacation times, this experience really allowed me to make a difference."
Matt (CPA)
Guatemala
"I decided to volunteer with AfID to determine whether I wanted to make non-profit work my long-term career."
Sarah (CPA)
Cambodia
"After I returned most NGO interviews recognised the commitment I had shown"
Will (ACCA)
Ghana
"The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it."
Nick (ACA)
Nicaragua
"I am really excited about being immersed in African culture, and I’m eager to get started."
Sarah (AAT)
Tanzania
"Off in the morning to Dakar in Senegal for another International Development assignment."
Malcolm (ACCA)
Senegal
"The Khmer people I have had the good fortune to meet and work with are all so kind, gentle and generous. I feel honoured to have had this opportunity."
Sophie (ACA)
Cambodia
"Work wise there is lots to do. Lots of competing priorities, wants and no plan. It’s my job to sift through it all and develop a plan."
Phil (BoC)
Cambodia
"Picked up at airport by Charlie and Janeth and we crammed everything and me into Charlie’s VW beetle."
Stephen (FCA)
Tanzania
"The most rewarding aspect of the placement was getting very close to the local staff. They are now my friends and I would like to work in Cambodia again."
Hiroaki (QBE)
Cambodia
"The ability of the Cambodian staff to work hard and stay so positive and supportive of each other was impressive."
Michael (FCA)
Cambodia
David (FCCA)
Cambodia
Amy (ACA)
Tanzania
Judith (CIPFA)
Burundi
Jennifer and Joseph (ACA)
India
Pilar (QBE)
Zambia
Surath (QBE)
UK
Martin (FCA)
India
Spencer (FCA) & Manda
Uganda
Chris (CA)
Argentina
Rebecca (FCMA)
Zambia
Jume (CA)
Argentina
Gary (CIMA)
Botswana
Sonia (CIPFA)
Ghana
Spencer (FCA)
Argentina
Malcolm (ACCA)
Nepal
Pratthana (CA)
Kenya
Sonya (AAT)
Malawi
Kara (CPA)
Guyana
Simon (ICAS)
Ghana
Laura (ACA)
Cambodia
John (ACCA)
Zambia
Michael (FCA)
Cambodia
Peter (ICAEW)
Nigeria
James (FCPA)
Nepal
Kara (ACMA)
Kenya
Andrew (CIMA)
Uganda
Anisha (ICAEW) & Siva (CIMA)
Rwanda
Amy (ACA)
Uganda
Helen (ACA)
Zambia
Julianne (CA)
Burundi
Matthew (CIPFA)
Cambodia
Sonya (AAT)
Malawi
Matt, ACA
Cambodia
George (FCCA)
Nigeria
Clare (ACA)
Uganda
Laura (MAAT)
Uganda
Jennifer (ICAEW)
Rwanda
Hannah (ACA)
Rwanda
Ren (ACA)
Cambodia
Rob (ACA)
India
Jacqui (FCCA)
Ghana
Grahame (ACA)
Uganda
Nick (ACA)
Cambodia
Emma (ACA)
Rwanda
40+ KPMG employees
Nicaragua
Jonathan (ACA)
Kenya
Sarah (ACA)
India
Keira (CIPFA)
Cambodia
Stuart (CIMA)
Cambodia
Nicole (ACMA)
Malawi
Janet (ACMA)
Malawi
Deborah (ACA)
Mozambique
Pilar (QBE)
Zambia
Aurelia ( CIMA)
Nepal
Spencer (FCA) and Manda
Argentina
Anne (SAICA)
Uganda
Matt (ACA), Marina (CA) & Amy (ACA)
Uganda
Tim (FCA)
Rwanda
Jo (CIPFA)
Cambodia
Shyam (ACA)
Argentina
John (ACCA)
Rwanda
John (IIA)
Zambia
Valerie (CIMA)
Zambia
""They asked if i'd join the choir!""
Stephen (ACA)
Uganda