Volunteering is not charity. Volunteers receive as much as they get, or even more
My name is Victor Oluoch, a journalist based in Nairobi. Currently I am the Communications Specialist at the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office where my main responsibility is to pursue and coordinate media and communication opportunities relevant to supporting the UN’s core mandate of promoting peace and development. I assist with the sharing, with development partners and the people of Kenya, of information on the values, priorities, experiences, results, etc. regarding the many programs and initiatives supported by the UN in Kenya.
I have always taken up volunteering opportunities for the longest time I can remember. It is however recently that I joined the UN as a National Volunteer, out of a desire to explore other ways through which media and communications can be utilized to promote peace and development. My decision to become a UNV was strategic as I had figured out that the UN is a key partner on development in the country and would therefore provide the best opportunity. I am just beginning my second year of service and so far the learning curve has been quite steep! Volunteering is not charity. In terms of experience for career growth, UN Volunteers receive as much as they get, or even more.
While working as a volunteer, I have seen lives of people saved or changed by services which could otherwise not have been readily secured and financially compensated for by the strained budgets of governments, institutions and organizations. Volunteerism is a reliable way of improving access to essential services by citizens and a catalyst to development.
UN Volunteer, Communication and Information Specialist,
Office of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator