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Meeting in Bujumbura

5 Feb

This past Friday, February 4, 2012, members of the JEANCKA University Iduka Chapter, gathered in a classroom in Kamenge, Quarter of Mirango I in Bujumbura. Most participants were  students who recently participated in the IT & Computer courses offered by the École Technique Supérieur de Kamenge (ETS).

The meeting was convened to discuss, review, and submit to Iduka some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posed by students regarding the ongoing Iduka “LinkedIn® Challenge” Scholarship.

Drafting the questions... to be answered here soon!

Do you have a question?

Please send your questions with your picture or the picture of your school to iduka.chapters@gmail.com.

If your question is selected, we will feature it on this blog. This will help us create a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section for our ongoing “LinkedIn® Challenge” Scholarship.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

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National Volunteer Week 2011

11 Apr

Happy National Volunteer Week To You!

It’s that time of the year that in the US we celebrate volunteerism and the national media creates a buzz to promote volunteer work for one entire week.

Being an all-volunteer organization, we understand how vital each of you is to our grassroots project. Our volunteers deserve our appreciation all year-long, so it is only appropriate that we take this opportunity to once more recognize the contribution made by all of you this past year from coast…

Maria Block-McKenzie, Florida Volunteer Coordinator and Joan Barnes, Chair of the Board of Directors at Iduka's Thrift Store in Port Saint Lucie, Florida

to coast…

Monica and Sara, Dublin High School in California at a Red Cross Club and Iduka activity.

…and beyond!

Sylvanus Murray, Iduka African Pilot Project Vice-Chair volunteering in Sierra Leone.

We are specially thankful to the many student volunteer interns who helped us design, develop, and successfully complete phase 1 of our African pilot project these past six months. Much of the success of establishing volunteer teams in all African regions is owed to our country coordinators and community organizers.

Special thanks go to our student volunteer internship coordinators Caleb Thole, Emmanuel Tanifum, Frank Kamanga, Gilbert Bita, Mokhtar Omar, and Sylvanus Murray. Thanks to your leadership, we are present today in almost every single African country.

Mokhtar Omar, Egypt, Iduka African Pilot Project Secretary, volunteering in India.

Our  field partner John Ndegwa at Kisima also deserves special recognition for sponsoring our first scholarship recipient in Kenya and helping us kick start phase 2 our African pilot project.

John Ndegwa, Iduka African Pilot Project Vice-Chair in Kenya with a group of volunteers.

If you’d like to get involved in our organization’s activities but are not sure where to start, please visit the Volunteer page and check out our current needs.

Once again, thank you for your support!

Cycle For Education

7 Apr

Are you ready to pedal? If so, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to cycle for education in the next 2 1/2 years.

Jolandie Rust passing through Aggeneys, a small mining town in Northern Cape, South Africa.

As our African pilot project embarks on its fundraising adventure, we invite all to join Jolandie Rust as she circumnavigates Africa on her bike.

Jolandie today announced her  African circumnavigation solo bike ride to benefit Iduka and its campaign to promote and raise funds for girls’ education in Africa.

Jolandie at the Tzaneen Waterfalls in the Limpopo province in South Africa.

Jolandie will be undertaking this feat completely unsupported in her attempt to be the first women to solo circumnavigate the world’s second largest continent on a bicycle.

“I want to inspire people to follow their dreams and encourage girls to dream with their hearts,” Jolandie said. “Partnering with Iduka on this 2 1/2 year, 40,000 kilometers journey, will allow me to emphasize to the girls I’ll meet along the way that their dream of a better future for themselves and for Africa starts with education.”

Jolandie arriving in Johannesburg from her cycle solo around South Africa.

Do you want to join Jolandie and Iduka on our adventure to raise funds and awareness about girls’ education in Africa? There are plenty of opportunities and all are welcome to join us. We’ll be happy to have you involved!… and if you want to give us a push, please donate now or join our fundraising efforts on CrowdRise.

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11 Scholarships You Don’t Want to Miss

24 Mar

Do you want to study at a world-class university in the second-largest city in Austria? What about attending one of 38 Australian universities?

If you or any undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate student you know is looking for a scholarship to study abroad, here are some exciting choices you don’t want to miss.

Some cover most fields of study, while others target very specific areas, like Mechanical Engineering, Environment, and Journalism. Most, however, stress areas of development African countries need in order to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in the region.

You must act now, as some deadlines are approaching fast.

Having a difficult time making up your mind? Let us know when you do. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need any further assistance with your application process.

Student volunteer interns who successfully completed phase 1 of our Iduka Africa Pilot Project (iAPP) can request their certificate of participation by contacting their regional coordinator. You may need it when applying for some of these scholarships.

New student volunteers and student interns wanting to re-enroll in phase 2, please click here. All others can find out about volunteer opportunities at Iduka by clicking here.

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Holiday Mail For Heroes

8 Dec

Northern California’s Dublin High School Red Cross Club sent Holiday cards as a project of the Holiday Mail For Heroes 2010 drive promoted by the club. Photos below are of Mariana Martim and some of the other dedicated Dublin High volunteers who made this project possible.

Mariana, Dublin High School

Kaila, Dublin High School

Monica and Sara, Dublin High School

The students enjoyed writing cards to service members, veterans, and their families as part of this initiative sponsored by the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes.

Rebecca, Rayna, and Jaime, Dublin High School

DHS students writing holiday cards to service members

DHS Red Cross Club members

The holiday cards were designed by Haneef Bhatti, a student at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, California and donated to the group by Iduka as part of its student outreach program.

Mailing Holiday Cards

We wish all our service members a Holiday Season filled with joy and happiness.

Thank you for your service!


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.

iSVIP

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.

 

VIP

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.

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