VMM International are an international development and volunteering organisation for both short term and long term volunteering. In the past 50 years, we have placed thousands of volunteers, which has led to astonishing results for communities and for the volunteers themselves. We help volunteers of all ages step into communities and get stuck into projects of real value to local people, playing our part to deliver the aspirations of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We currently work in nine African countries, helping our grass roots partners take care of the needs that local people tell us are most important to them. Projects tend to cover education, health, human rights and advocacy, research, agricultural and environmental, capacity building, construction and community development initiatives. All project partners have proven good practice in development work with strategic plans, child safeguarding and financial policies in place. Volunteer opportunities are available from four weeks to six months and are open to students, graduates, academics, professionals and university study abroad programmes. VMM are an all-inclusive organisation and welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or politics.
RESEARCH OPTIONS Volunteers can apply for research placements with our UN affiliated partner in Uganda. This programme is suitable for professionals, PhD, masters and second year students upwards. Research areas include child protection, human rights, innovative health technologies, communicable and non-communicable diseases, HIV and AIDS, youth protection gender empowerment and much more. Volunteers will engage with community organisations actively engaging in specific research areas. Research proposals are also invited from individuals, universities and special interest NGOs.HUMAN RIGHTS AND ADVOCACY VMM partners with several organisations who work in and campaign for the human rights and dignity of others. Projects include anti-trafficking, girl empowerment, gender equality, women’s hygiene projects and children’s rights. HEALTHCARE: Opportunities for professionals, final year students, masters or PhD students in various disciplines such as nurses, speech therapists, special needs teachers, physiotherapists, occupational therapy, podiatry, nutritionists, dieticians, midwives, HIV/AIDS care and education programmes, mental health and so much more. Experienced trainers are also much needed for practice and policy development. There are also research opportunities in communicable and non-communicable diseases. AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL VMM partners with several community organisations in countries such as Uganda, Malawi and Kenya, who are working on vital projects involving food security and sustainability, seed cultivation, rain-water harvesting, drought relief and crop rotation. TEACHING PLACEMENTS AND TEACHING ASSISTANTS VMM have multiple opportunities for teachers and teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools, university and vocational training in Uganda and Kenya. Qualified teachers are in high demand and provide much needed guidance in addition to teaching. Teachers can assist the school in areas such as lesson planning, or teacher training, one-to-one help for the students. Teaching assistants help in the preparation of lessons and a range of after-school learning activities such as homework clubs, sports, arts and crafts and drama classes. Retired teachers are also welcome to apply for this programme. IT, ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE PLACEMENTS Trainers in Sage and finance placements are available in Malawi in addition to IT training for youth and community projects. Our partners also require policy development, proposal applications and strategies to funders are also in high demand
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