ECO VOLUNTEERS SCHEME (ECOVOS)
 
BACKGROUND
The Eco Community Volunteer Scheme (ECOVOS) was conceived by CECOD Uganda in 2010 to fill the gap that exists in university graduates as a result of examination oriented and theoretical education system in Uganda institutions of learning. The scheme enables university graduates to learn on the job and to become job creators rather than job seekers with maximum exposure working with communities at grass root levels.

APPROACH
CECOD runs an Eco volunteers Scheme where undergraduates are placed for skill acquisition, management practices as part of experimental learning and action competence enhancement for six months. Sometimes the volunteer is absorbed on merit according to competence and availability of vacancy within or recommended to other institutions. The organization offers interns a chance for practicum placement as well.

ACHIEVEMENTS & OUTPUTS
The Scheme brought on board the 03 International, 14 local undergraduates volunteers and 09 interns that were placed for skill acquisition and management practices.

Through CIDA the International volunteers also had a chance to learn from Africa especially those from Dalhousie University shared their expertise with CECOD and her partners

Bishop Stuart University (BSU) and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) have enjoyed internship’ placement at CECOD benefiting students with hands on and practical skills using the institution and the partner communities as learning centers.

4 volunteers were absorbed on merit according to competence and availability of vacancy within and 3 recommended to other institutions.

STAKEHOLDERS
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)
  • Bishop Stuart University Mbarara (BSU)
  • Mbarara District Farmers Association (MBADIFA)
  • Mbarara District Civil society Organization (MBADISCOF)
  • Canadian International Development Agency
  • Dalhousie University
  • Greater Mbarara Civil Society Forum (GRAMCOF)