In 2020 and 2021 we had to cancel the deployment of volunteers to India and Zambia as a result to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We have taken this pause as an opportunity to evaluate and reflect on the programme.
Between February – May 2022, a working group of 10 people was guided through a design thinking process. As part of this almost 30 interviews with relevant stakeholders were conducted, including students and recent graduates from Ireland and overseas, former Volunteer Programme participants, donors, sector colleagues, Higher Education Institute staff and previous partners in Zambia and India. Based on these interviews, a survey to reach out to student networks and alumni was designed and conducted to help fill in some of our gaps in understanding.
Prototypes for consideration were presented to the Suas Board of Directors in June 2022. One of the Prototypes, a Collective Leadership Action Programme will be piloted in 2023/24. If you are interested in participating or partnering, please get in touch with us at [email protected] or stay up to date by subscribing to our newsletter.