Volunteering

The Nehemiah Project

We welcome any applications from people willing to volunteer with us. From teaching to building, and many other areas we always have a lot going on. We only ask that you bring with you a pair of flip-flops and a taste for adventure. It won’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is! Please send a copy of your C.V. and a letter explaining why you would like to work with us and what you would like to do!

We also periodically have volunteering opportunities based in the UK so if you are interested in donating some of your time and skills, but Sierra Leone seems a long way away, we would still love to hear from you.

Check out some of our volunteer stories below for an idea of what working with us is really like!

 

Volunteering Stories

 

Name: Kaveed Ali

Occupation: Marketing Consultant

 

How long was your stay with us (how many times have you been)?

I’ve only been to Sierra Leone once, but I did stay for around 6 weeks.  

Please describe briefly your involvement with us here:

In my time, I worked on two very different things. Firstly I went across to assist with some infrastructure and administrative work - a lot of copywriting and editing too. Secondly I delivered music workshops, setting up a makeshift recording studio for the boys living the home to record some music on!

Please describe briefly how you became involved with us:

I met the director PJ a few years ago, and I have since we met I have always been pretty interested in the organization and what they do. We got talking one day about a few of the things that were happening and how the organization was evolving, it sounded exciting and I thought I might be able to help – so I did!

Please describe briefly the main satisfaction you get from your involvement with us (if any):

It felt good knowing that I actually did something worthwhile. Understanding the needs of the organization and the unique context it works in means that everything I did, seems important in one way or another. That’s a great feeling.

Please describe briefly some of the main frustrations/difficulties during your time with us (if any):

The electricity kept going on and off. I couldn’t charge my blackberry! On hindsight, that was probably a good thing. Roaming charges are awful.

Please briefly give some of the reasons why you would encourage someone to get involved with us (if any):

Although the organization has evolved and grown significantly, Sierra Leone is one of the most challenging environments to work in for any NGO regardless of resources. I think there is so much that can be done in Sierra Leone to foster sustainable development, but without the most basic resource, human resource, these ambitions are harder to reach.

Additionally, it is really good fun. Sierra Leone is a pretty cool country boasting great cuisine and beautiful beaches. Check it out.

 

Name: Penny Amott

Occupation: Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education

 

How long was your stay with us (how many times have you been)?

I visited on two seperate occasions for a week each time.

Please describe briefly your involvement with us here:

On my first visit I worked with the teachers at Lifeline Nehemiah Primary School. I provided training in teaching early reading using the phonics teaching approach along with materials donated by Jolly Phonics.

On my second visit I worked with the Ministry of Education to provide training for 6 schools in Freetown and Port Loko as part of a pilot project in using the phonics teaching approach to support early reading.

Please describe briefly how you became involved with us:

Initially I came to Sierra Leone as part of a ministry team from Lifeline Church in London. I made contacts with persons in the Ministry of Education at that time to engage their commitment to running a pilot project in schools.

Please describe briefly the main satisfaction you get from your involvement with us (if any):

I loved being part of the community, building friendships with the boys and learning about life in Sierra Leone. I also enjoyed working with the teachers and helping them to get a better understanding of how to teach early reading.

Please describe briefly some of the main frustrations/difficulties during your time with us (if any):

Working with the Ministry of Education was quite challenging. There were many difficulties in obtaining the permissions needed in getting a duty waiver for the resources being provided.

Please briefly give some of the reasons why you would encourage someone to get involved with us (if any):

You will never be the same after spending time at Lifeline Nehemiah. Come ready to receive and you will know God's rich blessing through these amazing guys.

 

Name: Steve Loryman

Occupation: Regional Manager Mission Direct

 

How long was your stay with us (how many times have you been)?

I have been fortunate to visit Nehemiah on six occasions each time has been a fantastic experience.

Please describe briefly your involvement with us here:

As Regional Manager for Mission Direct I have been able to bring groups of UK volunteers to Nehemiah to work on building projects which have included the construction of toilets, relaying floors and the painting of bedrooms and outside walls.

Please describe briefly how you became involved with us:

My initial involvement was via Alison Marsh country manager for Mission Direct who introduced me to the staff team in 2009. Since then visiting Nehemiah has been a regular part of our volunteer programme.

Please describe briefly the main satisfaction you get from your involvement with us (if any):

This is difficult to articulate – the staff at Nehemiah are wonderful they are an inspiration to everybody they come into contact with. On my visits I laugh and cry and just wish I could have a small part of the staff’s humility. Their individuals stories are intense and make you question what is important in life,. The boys at the centre are wonderful; they are gracious and generous of spirit. They are a credit to the work of the Nehemiah staff.

Please describe briefly some of the main frustrations/difficulties during your time with us (if any):

I have never felt frustrated at Nehemiah in fact the opposite – Sierra Leone is a tough country with so many demands on ones time and finances. Nehemiah is like a retreat no one ever asks for things, they accept you for who you are. A haven in a busy country.

Please briefly give some of the reasons why you would encourage someone to get involved with us (if any):

Even a short period of volunteering at Nehemiah will change your life. I know this is a cliché but it is genuinely true. You will leave refreshed in spirit and will no longer be constrained by the petite minutiae of everybody life.