Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A New Beginning for International Service Ghana Alumni

Hi everyone!

We're really happy to be writing our first blog post as the International Service Ghana Alumni. It's necessary to briefly say what we have started and why...

Approaching the end of this year, International Service’s Country Director (Mr. Rene), ICS Programme Manager (Piso) and a Board Member of the International Service Alumni Ghana (Shaibu) appealed to returned volunteers to come together and have a formidable Alumni in Ghana running. This appeal was necessary because over the past years the work of International Service Alumni in a formal sense has been limited. An election of Interim Executives to steer the affairs of our Ghana Alumni for a period of 6 months was conducted. The task given to the Executive Body was first and foremost to put together a working constitution and a solid database of all members.

After brainstorming and drafting our ideas we officially held a meeting that sought to direct the Executive Body on a path that will lead to a solid and effectively running Alumni Body. Our first meeting was held in the International Service office in October this year. We agreed a plan of action, structure and responsibilities, deciding upon when to start working on the constitution and a time schedule to finish it. Our first meeting was exciting and promising as we had in our midst the Country Director and a couple of Programme Officers from International Service who made valuable suggestions and advice.

We have also been working closely with the Board of Alumni and other Alumni Bodies under the ICS programme here in Ghana, as well as International Service staff to put our ideas into action and they have been very helpful. Richard Poole recently joined us in our second Board Meeting and made some valuable contributions and they have been very helpful as far as the finalization of our constitution is concerned, he also brought to light experience from International Service UK Alumni.

Now, several weeks down the line, we are getting into the swing of things with some exciting achievements and some events to be revealed very soon. Firstly, the Alumni recently selected some of its members to be part of International Service’s ICS assessment processes as Selectors and they performed incredibly well. It also offered those selected members the opportunity to learn and gain experience in interviewing and assessing candidates. Two of our members also recently represented International Service Alumni in Accra to mark the International Volunteer’s Day.

We as a body are mainly driven by our love of the people we worked with in country and our ambition to continue to support them and their communities.

So keep an eye on this blog for all our exciting revelations and make sure to share with friends and family! We hope that a dedicated Alumni Service will provide International Service Ghanaian Volunteers with the motivation to continue their interest in International Service and its wonderful work.

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