Since we started, our volunteers have been at the heart of what we do. Volunteering with the Turing Trust is an opportunity to try something new, learn new skills, and meet new people. Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and all have different skill sets. Collectively, their contribution is what lets us deliver IT supported education in sub-Saharan Africa.
Volunteering in the UK
We have lots of ways to get involved in the UK. Whether it’s helping us load a container on a shipping day, gaining new skills learning how to wipe and refurbish a PC or helping us to develop our offline resources we have an opportunity for you.
One of our volunteers left recently to start a new job as a Systems Test Engineer – this is what he had to say about volunteering with the Turing Trust:
The opportunity at the Turing Trust to get plenty of hands-on experience as well as working with such a great range of varied ICT equipment meant that I was exposed to a vast amount of project work where our environment helped to facilitate learning by doing.
Another volunteer has said:
The Turing Trust is full of people with a wealth of experience and a wide range of expertise. From working closely with these people on a regular basis, I have learnt so much in fields that I would otherwise not have had any exposure to in my career.
We have also run volunteering days with companies and students from the University of Edinburgh.
Volunteering with us is a great way to meet new people, build your CV, and have fun! If you’d like to be part of this, please get in touch.
Volunteering in Africa
Our partners in Malawi, Ghana and Kenya are always happy to welcome volunteers from all kinds of backgrounds. You could get involved in a number of ways, be it teaching, setting up a computer lab, or helping us carry out some monitoring and evaluation work.
Sam Gray has been a volunteer with the Turing Trust for several years, both in the UK and Malawi, where he helped with the final touches to the SolarBerry and handover to the local community in Choma. He explained what attracted him to the Turing Trust:
Whilst all of the work done by the Turing Trust is so important and clearly valuable to the people over here, it was the SolarBerry Project which really captured my imagination. I am a huge fan of Raspberry Pi computers, and to play a part in putting them to such good use sounded like an opportunity I couldn’t miss.
Our partners in Ghana and Malawi have also hosted MSc students in International Development from the University of Edinburgh. Their projects have given us a valuable insight about some of the issues in each country. You can read more about the projects conducted in Ghana and Malawi on the country progress pages.
Andrew Ellison has also written a blog about his experiences in which he says:
During my placement, I had the invaluable opportunity to speak directly with many young Ghanaians (over 80 in total) to learn more about challenges they face and explore the role that ICT can play in combatting them. It was truly inspiring to speak with so many passionate young people, to learn about their ambitions and what they think about technology more widely.
Click here to read the full blog.
Whether your interest is in refurbishing computers in Edinburgh, helping us to pack a container on shipping day or volunteering in Africa we have something for you! If you’d like to get involved, please get in touch.