” I was born and raised in Makeni. I am 24 years old and I attended the Northern Polytechnic Makeni Campus, where I obtained a diploma in Business Administration and Management. I am currently working with VSO/ICS and have been placed at WOFHRAD where I am working with my counterpart who is from the UK.
I applied for this programme because I want to know the different background and culture of people around the world. I would also like to develop my personal skills, for example, being able to motivate people, work as a team, build up my communication skills, be able to speak in public and work for my country and communities at large, and also to make new friends and learn from them. My favourite game is football, I like reading novels, my favourite pet is the dog I love it so much because it is friendly and acceptable.”
” I am 23 years old and was born and raised in South West London, Kingston-upon-Thames, which coincidentally is where UK VSO office is now based. At university I studied Economics and later International Relations. My interest in both subjects led me to my enthusiasm for development and filling out my application for the ICS programme! I was so excited when I was placed with WOFHRAD, as I have a particular passion for working with people and organisations that aim to empower women.
I’ve always loved to travel and learn about different cultures and countries; Sierra Leone is constantly surprising me. My hope is that I will be able to learn something form Sierra Leonean culture to take back home with me and maybe imparting some of my own culture to my counterpart and some of the national volunteers.”
“I was born and raised in the South East of England but I now live in Wales. I am 25 years old and have just finished studying Criminology and Sociology (BSc Econ) and International Relations (MSc) at Cardiff University and University of Bristol respectively. A passion for development and overseas volunteering in Africa motivated me to apply for the VSO-ICS programme. Hence, I was delighted to be accepted onto the Sierra Leone programme. It appealed to me because of its grassroots and youth development aspects, as I strongly believe that effective development should start from the ground up.
Besides volunteering and research African history and current affairs, I enjoy clay-pigeon shooting, swimming, reading crime fiction, socialising with friends and watching the US political drama- Scandal.”
Emmanuel K Kamanda
“I was born and raised in the Northern part of Sierra Leone, West Africa, but I am from a family from the Eastern part of Sierra Leone. I am 25 years old and just finished studying a BSc in Human Resources Management at the University of Makeni; the first private university in Sierra Leone.
Since studying Human Resource Management I have the passion to work with young people, that is the reason why I decided to apply and volunteer for VSO-ICS, to help youth in need of help, needing my moral and social support.|