Camara volunteers in Dublin celebrating with CEO John Fitzsimons

Camara volunteers in Dublin celebrating with CEO John Fitzsimons

“Essentially, Camara would not be able to deliver such value without the dedication of our volunteers”.  Over 2,000 people have volunteered with Camara since 2005.

This National Volunteering Week, 12th- 18th May, Camara will be shining a light on the inspiring work of our volunteers and highlighting the value and impact they have had on hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged students around the world.

While National Volunteering Week celebrates the contribution of volunteers to Irish society, at Camara, we are celebrating our volunteers worldwide.

Volunteers in our Ethiopian Education Hub in Addis Ababa

Volunteers in our Ethiopian Education Hub in Addis Ababa

Volunteers play a vital role at every stage in the Camara operation. From accepting donations of computers at the door in Dublin, to repairing a technical fault in rural Ethiopia, an army of volunteers make Camara’s vision a reality.

In our resource centres, our volunteers have fascinating stories to tell. A paramedic, a retired teacher and an ex aviation technician are just some of the members of our hard- working team, who dedicate their time to refurbishing computers and installing educational content.

Cisco and Accenture volunteers in San Jose Hub

Volunteers from Cisco and Accenture in San Jose Hub

In our office, a team of interns, consisting of graduates from a variety of disciplines from International Development, to Law and Finance volunteer to help to develop and improve Camara as an organisation, so that we can provide the best quality education to a greater number of communities.

As well as our regular volunteers, we welcome companies to come to our resource hubs and help out for a day under our ‘Day with a Difference’ corporate volunteering programmes. This year both London and San Jose welcomed their first groups of corporate volunteers. These groups included employees of Salesforce, Cisco and Accenture.

Salesforce volunteer at Camara Dublin under Day with a Difference programme

Salesforce volunteer at Camara Dublin under Day with a Difference programme

“We really enjoyed our volunteering day with Camara.  As a manager,  I have found it to be a great team building experience. The team really enjoyed being part of a global initiative to improve the lives of people in the developing world.  Thank you Camara” – Maria McMenamin, Salesforce.

At the end of our education delivery chain, in our hubs in Africa, the Caribbean and Ireland, more volunteers ensure our mission is completed.

In a number of our East African hubs Camara, in partnership with Cisco Networking Academy,  trains volunteers to maintain ICT infrastructure in schools under the ‘Cisco- IT Essentials’ course. This course is taught as part of a three month volunteer programme, designed to engage communities and build skills for graduates and young people seeking to gain professional experience. Volunteers are not only responsible for technical maintenance, they are involved in supporting all aspects of the provision of a better quality of education, including in-demand information and communication technology skills, to disadvantaged students- preparing them for a prosperous future in the 21st century.

Volunteers graduating from our first Cisco IT Essentials course in Kenya

Volunteers graduating from our first Cisco IT Essentials course in Kenya

Camara values its volunteers and strives to ensure that everyone who gives their time to us is rewarded with the experience and skills they need to go further. “Significant skills transfer takes place through our volunteer programmes, which has improved volunteer skill sets and employability”. In April, one of our volunteers, an electrical engineer by profession, was employed by NGO Concern Worldwide, to assist with the establishment of a field office on the Syrian- Turkish border. We want to wish him the best of luck on this new adventure.

“Thanks to our loyal army of volunteers and interns who inspire me on a daily basis…you all rock!”- John Fitzsimons, CEO, Camara Education.

Volunteers unloading computers in Mombasa, Kenya

Volunteers unloading computers in Mombasa, Kenya

Volunteers from Salesforce helped to paint our new hub in London

Volunteers from Salesforce helped to paint our new hub in London

Find out more about volunteering with Camara on our website or contact Hester in Dublin

Or find out about international volunteering opportunities through our local hubs.