What were your reasons for volunteering?

I wanted to be a volunteer after learning about the internal workings of an NGO focused on sustainable, local development. I have experience in art and agriculture, and I would like to direct my skills towards implementing positive change. My desire is to create solutions to change the world. I want to learn and experience first hand how to respond to these challenges, and, more specifically, what I can do to help.

Why did you choose the Ibo Foundation to do your volunteer work for?

Through other people, I got to know the IBO Foundation and as I deepened my knowledge about it, I was attracted to its values and projects. I also like to volunteer at the headquarters in Barcelona, and I would also like to be able to work on the ground too (in Ibo). I believe that this is a great opportunity to learn from both sides of the foundation and to know how the headquarters and on the ground staff are interconnected.

What tasks did you undertake as a volunteer for the IBO Foundation?

I am currently translating the website from Spanish into English so that the Foundation has greater international reach. This work has also been useful for me in learning more about the goals of the foundation and better understanding Ibo’s situation. I hope that my contribution in making the website accessible in English will promote greater international collaboration with other organizations.

What has stood out to you about this experience with the IBO Foundation?

I have only been in the foundation for three weeks, but I have already learned many aspects of development cooperation and the operation of a foundation. I am particularly interested in the different projects that are being carried out in Ibo, and the way in which they interrelate.

What improvements do you think you bring to the Foundation as a volunteer?

I believe that the work of Fundación IBO is essential for the sustainable development of the local population, and I have had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the various ways in which the Foundation promotes positive changes.

I am particularly interested in promoting food security and agriculture. I believe that farmers not only have the seeds for change, but they are often the seeds of change. I would very much like to incorporate sustainable agricultural techniques and methodologies to improve crop yields and the livelihood of the people of Ibo. I think this is an important step in eradicating poverty. This could include access to better seeds, organic fertilizers, irrigation systems, storage management, harvest techniques, crop varieties, market creation, etc.

Would you like to stay linked to the IBO Foundaton when you have finished your volunteer work?

Yes of course! I would really like to continue working with the Foundation to see how the projects develop on the island, and I really hope to be able to do my bit to help soon.

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What were your reasons for working as a volunteer?

I have always thought that dedicating free time to helping others is something that makes you feel good about yourself, and I also considered it interesting to work as a volunteer in the offices of the foundation instead of on the ground. This is mainly because it is the place where the resources are managed and the actions that are carried out in the field are planned, allowing us to give support to those who need it most.

Why did you choose the IBO foundation to do your volunteer work with?

With someone’s support, I was able to get in touch with the foundation, and I thought that it would be easier to understand the workings of a relitively small entity like the IBO Foundation. In fact, working at the headquarters in Barcelona has allowed me to understand the different departments directly and the connection between the Barcelona office and the ground team in Ibo.

What action have you undertaken as a volunteer with the IBO Foundation?

Together with the Foundation’s communication manager, I have been able to work on the thinking behind, and development, of a project related to food issues. I hope that it can contribute to the Nutrition Support Center (CANI) that the Foundation manages on the island of Ibo

What stands out for you the most about this experience with the IBO Foundation

Thanks to this challenge I learned how to create a humanitarian project from scratch and what the necessary requirements are to create a network of external collaborators.

What improvements could you bring to the Foundation as a volunteer?

I realized that I need to expand my specific training so that I can make changes in the places where I work. I am very motivated to start other studies that will allow me to work in the humanitarian field and maybe one day I will have the chance to work for the greater success of the Foundation.

Would you like to stay connected to the IBO Foundation when you have finished your volunteer work?

Absolutely! My experience in Fundación IBO has been very interesting and I am excited to see the results of the campaign I participated in.

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Volunteer work in Ibo

Volunteer work is a strategic decision that contributes to achieving the overall objective of the IBO foundation. Since we started, our organization has used volunteers to collaborate with its projects on the island of Ibo, where they stay for a few months, mainly in the summer season. The benefit of this collaboration is mutual, since it offers significant value to the organization in the identification and execution of development cooperation projects and constitutes an important life experience for the volunteers themselves and the local community in which they undertake their volunteering. These collaborations produce exchanges of knowledge, skills, creativity, thinking and culture, which have also had an impact on the character and direction of our organization.

This year the IBO Foundation has decided to make a strong commitment to this human capital that is already part of our DNA and to better define our volunteering policy. To begin with, the management of this resource has been improved, creating procedures and monitoring tools, following the regulations of the law of volunteering and giving greater visibility in our media channels and social networks. We have placed greater emphasis on the selection process due to the large number of volunteering offers that we have received. Criteria for the selection of profiles that can adapt more satisfactorily to the context and that can make a greater contribution to our projects have been established. We think that the more effective this contribution is, the greater the commitment will be from the volunteer and the experience will be more enriching for both parties.

For this reason we have to view the volunteer as an “influencer” to improve their loyalty from the moment they start their commitment to the organization, and so they also maintain it once their volunteering is over. The people that are looked for are people with personal aims that fit into our strategic programmes of education, economic promotion, nutritional health and gender.

The volunteer has to present their goals alongside their final objectives, and at the same time commits to fulfilling their economic commitments, promoting through crowdfunding and fundraising tools through their personal circles. This allows them to disseminate their personal project framed in the strategy of the Foundation, whilst also disseminating about the organisation as whole. From the moment the volunteer commits to their project and the organization, they are already generating coverage and expanding the circle of influence of their project. These actions are aimed at obtaining more resources and generating a greater impact in Ibo.

At the same time, their experiences in the field are followed up through social networks, generating knowledge about what they do. Once the volunteer work is over, they have to continue working towards these objectives, keeping them alive and assessing the impact achieved and spreading it in their circles.

With this improvement of our volunteering policy, based mainly on the specialization of our volunteering, with greater responsibility and commitment, we intend to grow with more people who are committed followers of our mission. This will lead to a greater impact in circles of influence and greater generation of resources, knowledge, exchanges … that allow us advance and increase the impact of our work in Ibo.

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The Ibo School of Crafts has offered cooking courses for two months to 27 students (4 men and 23 women). The training, based on 70 hours of cooking led by the local trainer Angela Teodora, has received the support of five student volunteers from the final year of Culinary Science at the University of Barcelona.

The aim of these courses, aimed at the hotel sector, is to improve access to the employment market for women and young people, as well as to promote self-employment and entrepreneurship in the area.

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