How does it work?
We aim for small group meetings where 2-3 mentors meet the same group of 3-4 scholars 8-10 times a year. In addition to the meetings with the scholars the mentors would need to attend planning sessions and calls with other mentors to prepare each meeting as a group. Your input and active involvement is an excellent contribution to improve the quality of AkarakA Inspires.
How much time will I need?
A dedicated time commitment of 6+ hours a month over a time period of 12 – 18 months would be required. Those days where planned programs take place, each session could last 3-6 hours, including preparation time beforehand.
We aim for learning by doing! – Each new mentor will have a one-to-one introduction meeting with the country head of the Inspires program. In the first 6 months new mentors work with experienced mentors in conducting sessions. Afterwards new mentors are invited or can volunteer to lead sessions themselves. As we aim for small group meetings no one to one meeting between scholars and AkarakA mentors will be held.
“Volunteering for AkarakA gives me a feeling to give back something that I was fortunate enough to have available to me without any effort when I was young – the chance to study, comprehend the world and see a path for myself – to less privileged teenagers. I particularly enjoy my time as a mentor where I seek to provide guidance to students as they start thinking about their future post graduation. I am also grateful to the friendships that developed among the group of Akaraka volunteers and make the association not only meaningful but such a nice place to contribute.”