Accounting for International Development volunteers are making global changes

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By Accounting for International Develoment for ICAS

27 March 2017

Eleven inspirational ICAS members were placed on exciting overseas volunteer assignments by Accounting for International Development (AfID) last year: find out what opportunities were available to them, and could be available to you. 

AfID is a social enterprise dedicated to building the financial management capacity of charities across the developing world. Here are just some of the stories and unique insights of the inspiring CAs making a difference around the world.

Claire, Assistant Manager, Grant Thornton

Two weeks at Kusumala Institute of Agriculture & Ecology, Lilongwe, MalawiClaire

"It was a privilege to volunteer at Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology. I loved the opportunity to use my accounting skills and my experience with not-for-profits to help them to develop their finance systems and grow their organisation."

They do fantastic work across Malawi and it was an honour to be a small part of that.

Olivia, Internal Auditor, GlaxoSmithKline

Six weeks with the social enterprise, Bright Generation Community Foundation in Kumasi, Ghana.Olivia

“Incredible experience; on a windy day you could stand outside the office, trying to catch mangoes bouncing off the roof. There was a constant stream of small vendors offering delicious local food like donuts, coconuts and sobolo (bissap juice). Oh, and chickens just casually stroll past the front door."

Workwise, it is such an inspiring experience bringing experts from different fields around the table to develop the project.

Kate, Executive (Advisory Services), EY

Two weeks with Khmer Cultural Development Institute in Kampot, Cambodia.Kate

"My placement was an amazing experience. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the local team who were very welcoming and enthusiastic and it was great to feel I was doing something to help such a worthwhile organisation."

Thanks to AfID for making it possible and I certainly hope to do another placement in the future.

Meghan, Auditor, KPMG

Three weeks at youth-focused organisation, Projet Jeune, in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar.Meghan

“My assignment gave me the opportunity to work in French, make lasting friendships with incredibly warm and inspiring people, and feel a real sense of purpose working towards an important cause. I am grateful for the level of responsibility and trust that came with the role; from feeling more confident in my skill set as a result but also for the sense of fulfilment I experienced whilst I was there."

The assignment has confirmed my perspective on the path I want my career to follow once fully qualified.

Ben, Financial Advisory Manager, Deloitte

Eight weeks with children’s education charity, This Life Cambodia, Siem Reap.Ben

"The most rewarding aspect of my assignment was spending time with the local staff to understand the issues they faced on a daily basis. That... and the karaoke nights."

[I enjoyed] working as a team to design and implement practical solutions.

Want to follow in their footsteps? Read more CA volunteer stories and begin your own adventure.


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