Volunteer Internship Program (VIP)

5 Nov

Iduka’s Volunteer Internship Program (VIP) operates under the Student and Community Outreach Committee and has two major components: the Iduka Student Volunteer Program (iSVIP) and the Community Volunteer Program (iCVIP).

The VIP is designed to provide current students, recent graduates, and members of the community at large the opportunity to learn about our program while participating in meaningful social projects.


The iSVIP is developed to teach volunteers the practical application of community organization and online engagement to further the cause of post-secondary education and the promotion and revitalization of higher education in Africa.

The iSVIP focus its activities on several approaches, including self study and research on education related issues, computer based learning, but much of the internship is spent learning practical skills through hands on activities related to the tasks students are expected to do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

The program teaches skills in two stages and four development phases. Stage 1: preparation and funding; Stage 2: implementation, evaluation, and duplication.

  • During Stage 1, a large part of the volunteer’s time will be spent raising awareness about our program and recruiting online support that is critical to the funding phase of every pilot project.
  • During Stage 2, students are encouraged to interact with Field Partners and provide them training and assistance as needed.

Depending on the skill and experience of the volunteer, the research can cover basic data collection for online posting, or research and analysis of education related data for Iduka’s program and fund development teams.



Student Volunteer Positions Available

Volunteering opportunities are available for students who believe in the transformative power of education and wish to further their post-secondary studies. The volunteering program is available for a select number of students at a time. Students are encouraged to participate in a pilot project that will be beneficial to the supporting of Iduka’s expansion goals, even if that means in volunteering for pilot projects taking place outside student’s geographical area.

We are currently developing a pilot project targeting underserved students attending post-secondary education institutions in specific geographical areas in Africa. To help us in this endeavor, we have the following country coordinator positions available for the following countries:

Central Africa: Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, GabonRepublic of the CongoSão Tomé and Príncipe

North Africa: Algeria, Mauritania, Western Sahara

Southern Africa: Angola

West Africa: Cape VerdeGuinea, Guinea-Bissau

Iduka internships are virtual volunteer positions, that may sometimes require off-line participation in local community outreach events. Though not a paying position, Iduka’s Volunteer Internship Program has many benefits for students. Most notably it gives students who have prior Iduka experience an advantage when they apply for an Iduka Grant.

If you are interested in volunteer, please visit the volunteer! page. We also appreciate your help in spreading the word about these opportunities.


10 Responses to “Volunteer Internship Program (VIP)”

  1. STEVEN GOWELO November 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

    i am a fresh university of malawi graduate but would want to participate in your programs – how do i fit in your program?

    • idukamicroloans November 6, 2010 at 12:01 am #

      I will have our East Africa Coordinator get touch with you soon.

  2. Mag November 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    I was wondering if i could get the target of interns clarified; is it only students who are eligible? I am not a student; i graduated last year, but am an educator- secondary school teacher.
    Thank you.

    • idukamicroloans November 6, 2010 at 12:00 am #

      Most of our interns are students, but nothing prevents others to participate in our volunteer internship program. If interested in joining our team of interns, please feel free to contact us via email at volunteers (at) iduka (dot) org.

  3. IRENE KETEGWE November 5, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    I would love to take part in the volunteer program however, I am moving to China for school. Is there any other way I can get involved while there?

    Best regards,

    • idukamicroloans November 6, 2010 at 12:17 am #

      You certainly can, Irene! Most of our internships are virtual volunteer positions. If interested in joining our team of volunteers, please feel free to contact us via email at volunteers (at) iduka (dot) org. Good luck with your studies in China!

  4. Mag November 6, 2010 at 1:49 am #

    Hey, I’m a student and I would like to request some clarification on where your programs are based. I would love to be part of your team. Thank you!

  5. njararuhi November 6, 2010 at 9:01 am #


  6. IVOR MAKASA November 8, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    The economic growth of Zambia mainly copper exporters, is robust but the youth are not benefiting. Due to having inadequate education we are the last to be hired and more importantly, the last to benefit from decent jobs in the formal sector. That is why I join Iduka – to give to every student the hope to graduate from post-secondary school, without discrimination and barriers.

  7. Turyatunga Bob Maahe December 9, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    I am Turyatunga Bob Maahe, from Uganda. I am working with Uganda Youth Skills Training project and found you on Facebook after Eric Gitta had told me about your activities with youth in post-secondary education. l promote matters concerning youth education. I hold a diploma in Building and Civil Engineering. How can l join your program as a volunteer in Uganda along side Eric Gitta?

    Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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