Would you like to work with an NGO that harnesses the arts to engage, inform and empower young people to tackle HIV and related social issues? We are seeking self-motivated and energetic young people to volunteer with OYO, the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (meaning Red Ribbon in the Otjiherero language) in Windhoek. You will be working for Namibian youth through OYO’s innovative, participatory magazine. Developed by youth, for youth, it covers a broad range of issues of importance to young people and provides young people in Namibia with accurate information on HIV, sexual and reproductive health, gender / human rights, and multiple social issues.
We are seeking individuals who have the skills to work on all aspects of this project. So, that means going to schools and working in partnership with OYO’s magazine assistants to facilitate discussions with learners about the topics, and to bring back contributions for future issues. Plus, selecting and editing contributions to the magazine (you’ll need excellent written English and a keen eye for detail). Depending on OYO’s needs and your skills, there will also be opportunities to attract media coverage, generate donor interest, sell advertising space, and develop art work. Aside from the magazine project, OYO has youth groups and a Dance Troupe, so again, depending on your time, your skills and the needs of OYO, it may be possible for you to contribute to these projects also. The majority of your work would take place in and around our head office in Windhoek, the capital city. You will also have the opportunity to accompany Alfa, our Regional Coordinator, on two of his regional visits, one to the Erongo region where our office is by the coast in Swakopmund, and one to the unique Kunene region, home to the Ovahimba. We will also ensure that you are able to take two weeks off from busy OYO life so that you can enjoy Namibia at your own pace, and explore other parts of the country should you wish (at your own expense).
How much does it cost? £2400, which includes your accommodation, your in-country travel for OYO and contributes to OYO’s costs for hosting you in Head Office. We will also ask you to fundraise using justgiving.com, with a target of £500, which you are of course welcome to exceed! You could do a sponsored run, singathon, speed-dating or wine-tasting…. To raise awareness of what you’re doing and of OYO’s work, as well as to provide OYO with much-needed core funding to enable us to reach more young people with life-changing projects. You need to book and pay for your own international flight to Windhoek airport (please agree dates and times with us before booking). You will also want to bring money to cover your day-to-day living costs, ie transport, meals and socialising. N$100 per day should be about right, which is around £10 per day, though check the current exchange rate as it does vary. How do I apply? Please send us your CV and your statement of interest, explaining why you’d like to spend 3 months with OYO. Include what you think you could offer to OYO‘s projects in terms of your skills, experience and interests, and also what you think you would gain personally from your time with us. Please confirm in your letter that you are available for the entire three months of June, July and August and that you are able to cover the costs of the international flight and to organise any necessary travel documentation, insurance and health care, eg passport, holiday visa, immunisations, etc. Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org before 20 April 2011. Following your emailed application, you may be invited for a skype or telephone interview. You are also welcome to email any queries.