Accounting for International Development (AfID)
sources volunteer accountants to build the skills of local staff at charities
and community-based organisations in Africa, Asia and South America. Through
mentoring the skills of local staff and improving systems and processes, AfID
programmes help build the financial efficiency, sustainability and transparency
of organisations such as street kid centres, rural health clinics and women’s
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Our partner is a performing arts school based in an underprivileged area in Recife. The organisation was started and is run by a family – a father and his two daughters – and currently works with 80 children from the ages of 5- 15 years. They offer classes in dance (contemporary, ballet and folk dance), music (choir and piano;. They also run humanities classes; for the younger children this includes lessons on culture, folklore and traditions of the carnival, St. John and Christmas. For the older children, this includes lessons on citizenship, employment and employee rights and sexual and reproductive health.
One of the daughters was until recently responsible for maintaining the organisation’s accounts. She has taken up a place for further education but continues to support the organisation on a part-time basis; the remainder of the accounting/finance responsibilities have been taken up by the Assistant Coordinator and Producer, who requires coaching. In addition, to the first assignment brief, they are looking for support in helping them plan for the next few years. Their primary donor is due to stop funding them in 2014, and with a lot of Brazilian companies and organisations focussing their energy and funds on the World Cup and Olympics, they are keen to explore ways of remaining financially sustainable.
Due to the size and work of the organisation, they are looking for someone who will be flexible and help the organisation remain sustainable. They are happy for the volunteer to be involved in their programmes.
They were brought to us by The International Exchange (TIE) an organisation similar to AfID, only it works with small grassroots NGOs to improve their communication and marketing. They have placed two volunteers with the organisation both of whom had an excellent experience with them. If you are able to travel between August – October, the organisation will be happy to arrange a homestay option with the President of the organisation, with a small contribution to living costs; if you are travelling between April – June, they’ll help source a safe and cheap guesthouse. In terms of language, the staff speak a mix of Portuguese and English.