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Venture - Training for Overseas Development Workshop 2 Community Development


Venture - Training for Overseas Development Workshop 2 Community Development

Venture  - VC Overseas Volunteer Training

Weekend 2 - Community Development & Leadership

This training programme aims to prepare those who wish to volunteer overseas and is also open to those who have no immediate plans to depart on an overseas assignment and those who want to simply learn more about the concept of volunteering in the context of global injustice issues.

This programme also is a good starting point to people make informed decisions about the type of volunteer work that they could potentially engage in and also help attendees discern when, where, etc.

This programme is intensive and is conducted over four non-residential weekends - it aims to prepare people for life as a volunteer in an overseas context ensuring that they can remain committed to the challenges of living and working overseas. The training is facilitated by experienced professionals, who have spent time working in the Global South. The weekend begins at 9.00am on Saturday and finishes Sunday at 5pm. Each session also includes a talk from a recently returned volunteer who speaks about their experience overseas.

Other workshops include: Global Awareness & Health, Project Cycle Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Cultural Adaptation, Challenge & Conflict, Research Methodologies

Weekend 2 -  focuses on Community Development & Leadership


To enable participants:

To develop their own understanding of community development principles and approaches

To consider different leadership styles in community development

To explore some of the skills a community development worker will use as a leader in a community

To become aware of their own attitudes and motivations in taking this role in an overseas community

To reflect on some of the challenges of team-building in a community setting  


The module will be delivered through participatory approaches, comprising a mix of activities, small group and whole group discussion. The practical content will all be linked to theory.

Outline Content

Participants will:

Explore their understanding of community development (CD) and the basic principles involved

Sample one practical approach to CD and analyse the principles behind it

Investigate the meaning of ‘participation’

Consider facilitation as an approach in CD and examine different styles of facilitation

Practise and assess the importance of listening skills

Explore the concept and the skills of leadership 

Take part in a short team-building exercise 

Learning Outcomes 

Participants will have a clearer understanding of the meaning of and approaches to community development

They will be aware of a range of leadership styles and of the appropriateness of these in community development settings

They will have named and practised a range of community development and leadership skills

They will have a deeper awareness of their own attitudes and styles of engagement in community development practice

They will have increased understanding of the potentials and challenges of team building in a community setting

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