About Challenges Worldwide
We are Challenges Worldwide, an international development agency that works to boost business across Sub-Saharan Africa. Right now, we are helping more than 200 business to grow in Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda, with the aim of creating more job local opportunities and, hence, promote prosperity, not poverty.
If you are between 18 - 25 years old, you can be part of this movement with the ICS Volunteer Programme, where you will have the opportunity to travel to one of the countries where we work for 10 - 12 weeks, receive a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification in Professional Consulting and gain international/cross-cultural work experience.
We know, going to an African country and work in a business, especially if you know nothing about business, can sound scary. But we do not expect you to be an expert. We offer internationally accredited training in Professional Consulting that will provide you with the tools you need to successfully support the enterprise you will be placed with. Also, you will have the support of Challenges Worldwide in-country team, who will be guiding you throughout your placement, and the opportunity to talk with international mentors.
Get out of your comfort zone with us and get the opportunity to gain volunteer and work experience in an international and cross-cultural market while receiving business training.
If you are not so sure, have a glance at our former Volunteers Experiences who have enhanced their skills, boost their employability and, in many cases, change their life, as is the case of Vaneza and Matt.
Meet our Business Support Associate volunteers
Vaneza is one of our former volunteers. After her placement, she completed the CMI Diploma in Professional Consulting with us, which she had the chance to get at an exclusively discounted rate for Challenges Worldwide ICS volunteers. With the Challenges Worldwide ICS Volunteer programme, it does not matter what your background is, as Vaneza said, “having studied law you may not think the qualification would be relevant to me, but I can see that the skills are transferable to any future career I may pursue.” Nowadays, she is the Fundraising and Events Coordinator at EY Foundation.
Yet, having university in mind before or after the ICS placement is not a requirement whatsoever. Matt, for instance, is pretty certain about not wanting to go to university. But that did not stop him from becoming a great volunteer, which he referred as “an incredible experience.” Matt shared that for many years he has been told that he could not do it, but after going to Zambia with Challenges Worldwide now he knows that he can do it. The placement boosted his confidence and the CMI qualification gave him the skills to do something he never thought he would: Business Consulting. For Matt, “the Challenges Worldwide ICS placement is a unique opportunity to gain business and volunteer experience. It provides a new insight on how business can provide development opportunities. The whole experience provided me with a long-term goal which I would never have conceived on my own.”
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