The objective of the volunteers' activities in the community is maintained after they leave the programme

What does this mean?

  • Even though skills transfer is important, it should not happen as a once off intervention with no relevance for future development.
  • What this means is that when developing the skills programme as mentioned above, the business needs to keep in mind how local residents and the community will be able to continue their development and/or the objectives of the programme after the volunteers have left.
  • In order to do this, it is essential that the business discuss with the community what they see to be the objective of the volunteer program before it begins.

What do I do?

  • Regular consultation and involvement with the local residents and community will facilitate an understanding, alignment and ultimately an integration of the objectives of the programme to ensure continuation after the volunteers have left.
  • It is therefore advised that the skills programme be developed around key people identified in the community who will be able to continue the objectives of the programme over the long-run.  This should be based on a type of train-the-trainer approach.

You can read more on the train-the-trainer approach on the following websites: