The University Societies
About the societies
Project Workers are essential to the work that EPAfrica does. As a committee member of a university society, you will be the main face of EPAfrica in the universities that we work in, and will play a central role in developing and supporting the next Project Worker generation in the lead up to summer.
Achieve high levels of Project Worker applications
Drive strong Project Worker retention rates
Ensuring that Project Workers are ready to depart for East Africa and have fulfiled all of the necessary pre-summer actions and requirements, and support their development through initiatives such as the Project worker mentoring programme
Support Volunteer Fundraising
An opportunity for personal development
Joining the University Societies is a great opportunity to gain experience that may help you make decisions about your career direction, and develop skill that make you more competitive when it comes to applying for jobs or further studies. Our university committies take on real responsibilities from the off; last year they managed applications from over 200 students, oversaw over £127,000 of volunteer fundraising and organised and delivered over 20 training sessions and events.
University Society Roles
The university societies work across all areasof EPAfrica. Therefore, in addition to working within your university society, each member of the society will also work within the broader charity in the Fundraising, Recruitment and Training, Business Operations and Logstics and Delivery Committees, which meet monthly.
Join a University Society
JOIN A UNIVERSITY SOCIETY
Become an Associate Member
In addition to the roles defined above you can also become an Associate Member of a University Society. As an Associate, you will volunteer flexibly throughout the year, committing to a variety of activities in the short-term on an ad-hoc basis. Associates attend society meetings, and volunteer for specific tasks as their availability allows. This model enables the University Society to deploy volunteers responsively to grab opportunities and quickly address any emerging issues.
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Become a Mentor
To best support our volunteers across the year, and to prepare them for their roles as Project Workers, a strong mentoring system is crucial. As a mentor, you will be the key point of contact with a Project Worker, and will be essential in assisting their development over the year.
This will involve actions such as: working with your PW to establish a fundraising plan for the year, ensuring that your PW understands the actions that they need to take to enable them to participate in the project, and supporting the progress of your PW throughout the year via regular catch-ups. All university society members will also be mentors, and members of the pool are encouraged to be mentors in combination with any other roles they may undertake.