WHAT's REQUIRED OF ADVOCATES?
Advocates commit to being a continuous promoter of Ekisa in their local communities.
We expect that advocates will:
Actively share, engage with, and promote Ekisa through their social media
Help friends and family to learn more about Ekisa's work and ways that they can support
Complete a challenge or goal each month of the year
We are looking for committed, dedicated, passionate people to become the voice of Ekisa through advocacy. You will become a part of the advocate community as well as given one-to-one support for any questions, tips, or help you may need.
Advocates will complete challenges/goals each month. These goals will range from tasks such as getting 10 new followers on social media for Ekisa to hosting a dinner or dessert night. Other opportunities may include setting up a booth at a local event or sharing about Ekisa to a church or community group.
Advocates will work from a goal calendar with suggested goals for each month, but if a timely opportunity arises in a certain month such as an event, a run, or some other way to promote Ekisa, that will count as completing your goal for the month. The overall idea is that each month you are doing something to "advocate" for Ekisa.
WHAT's in it
It's true that we are looking for people who are not in it for the rewards, but because they believe in the work of Ekisa and want to be a part of helping that work to grow. At the same time, we want to make sure that our advocates find purpose, grow in their understanding of how to use their gifts to glorify God, and find community in these efforts.
Advocates will be part of an active community of others who believe in Ekisa as much as you do. We will send exclusive photos and videos of work happening in Uganda to our advocate group on Facebook to make sure that you get to see the amazing work that you are helping to make happen each and every day. Advocates will also receive some free and / or discounted merch so you can represent Ekisa where you are. The big reward will be for advocates who complete all 12 goals in a year, who will be eligible for the Advocate Trip to Uganda. For this trip, Ekisa will cover your in-country expenses (lodging, food, transportation) and you are only responsible for your airfare (with other details to be shared later).
What are the minimum requirements to become an Ekisa volunteer?Ekisa volunteers must be 18 years of age and love working with kids with disabilities!
How long do volunteer positions last?There are exceptions, but in general, a minimum commitment of six weeks is necessary. We accept long-term volunteers for professionals specializing in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, or special education.
When are volunteer positions available?While we do our best to be flexible, we usually accept volunteers with a start date in January, May, or August. We accept applications on a rolling basis.
What is the support-raising process like?Volunteers are responsible for raising the funds to support their time in Uganda. If you are considering volunteering for six months or longer we'll talk to you about how we can help in this effort.
Who will organize the logistics of my volunteer placement?Once accepted, our Volunteer Coordinator will work with you to coordinate the logistics of your trip including flights, visas, living arrangements, etc.
What does the average day look like for an Ekisa volunteer?There's no typical day! However, volunteers are required to work from 9:00-5:00 Monday through Friday, with an extended break during the kid's nap time. You might spend your morning at Ekisa Academy and your afternoon doing one-on-one activities with the kids.