Call for 2017 WomEng Volunteers | South Africa

iTuesday, Jan 17th, 2017 comments by aditilachman

WomEng is excited to kick off various programmes, projects and campaigns in 2017! We are looking for passionate and driven volunteers that will help develop and implement workshops and projects to empower girls and women in engineering. A community lead has been appointed for each province. Each community lead will oversee activities and communication between volunteers in each province, creating a hub for volunteers to work in diverse groups. The provincial community leads are as follows:

  • Akosua Boadu: Gauteng and North West Province
  • Wandile: Western Cape
  • Shiveshni Pillay: KwaZulu Natal
  • Precious Nkambule: Mpumalanga
  • Aditi Lachman: Eastern Cape and Limpopo

Volunteer Opportunities

The following volunteer opportunities are now available:

1. Mentors

Mentors can either be engineering students or qualified engineers. Mentors can either volunteer to mentor high school girls on the GirlEng programme or university students either on the Campus Amabassador Programme or during Fellowship Week.

2. GirlEng Planning Team

Teams will be lead by provincial community leads. The reponsibility of the planning team will include:

  • Event planning for GirlEng workshops within your province
  • Marketing for GirlEng workshops
  • Handling event logistics
  • Managing workshop finances
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of your workshop

3. Campus Ambassadors

Campus ambassadors are university students who will form self-sustaining societies/clubs at their respective universities. Each club/society will be responsible for:

  • Developing and hosting programmes/workshops/projects to empower themselves and other female engineering students within their university
  • Fundraising for projects
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Increasing WomEng's brand awareness at their university

4. Fellowship Planning Team

Team members will be responsible for the delivery of the annual Fellowship Week typically held in Cape Town during July 2017 and should be fully available at least 1 day before and during the Fellowship Week.

5. Communications Team

This area relates to growing WomEng’s brand. We would like you to join the social media team If you have experience or would like to gain experience in blogging, managing content and communication on our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In), marketing, public relations, tv, radio and photography.

6. Fundraising Team

The fundraising team will work together to develop and execute an annual fundraising plan to meet the budget; develop and manage fundraising events and activities including applications to grant funding; investigate and recommend new fundraising projects.


Who can apply?

Opportunities to mentor high school girls are open to women either studying in a field of engineering or currently working in the engineering industry.

Campus ambassador opportunities are available for any female engineering student. The establishment of a campus ambassador society at your university/technikon will be based on the number of campus ambassadors that have applied from your respective institution.

All other volunteer opportunities are open to anyone with an engineering or non-engineering background. Having attended any previous WomEng events or activities as a beneficiary or volunteer is an added advantage.


Application Process:

Step 1: Apply by completing this online form. Applications should be submitted by 17h00 (SAST) on Wednesday, 25 January 2017.

Step 2: Community leads will contact applicants for one-on-one interviews by 07 February 2017.

Step 3: Succesful applicants will be notified by 13 February 2017.

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