Venture Online Programme Content

Each of the four Venture programme weekend workshops concentrate on specific themes and they are delivered by outside facilitators who are experts in their fields.

Due to Covid-19 public health restrictions on gatherings, Venture moved online in 2020.  As a result of going online, it allowed a wider participation of development workers, local volunteers, partners – from many different countries!  The next online programme will run over 4 weekends between September and December 2022.

The full course fee is €400 with concessions available and local fees determined by where you live – please contact us for more details.

The training consists of 8 days (5 hours per day) of live training sessions, plus access to over 20 hours of online, independent learning.

 

Date

Workshop / Module Description

Saturday 24th September 2022

Introduction to VC & Venture!

Global Awareness Workshop

The idea behind global awareness is to create global citizens who are open to those raised in different countries, cultures and religious settings. It offer and opportunity to see how everyday decisions in our lives can impact the lives of people around the globe.

This course explores the impact globalisation has on world trade and will introduce participants to the structures of power and inequality.

Sunday 25th September 2022

Volunteer Experience Session

We hear from a returned VC volunteer development worker on their experience while volunteering.

Meet the VC team!

Session to introduce participants to the various members of the VC team!

Volunteering Today & Active Global Citizenship – Workshop

This session explores the latest developments in volunteering and we discuss what it means to be an active global citizen

 

Month 1 self-directed/paced online courses

Project Cycle Management Module

(online, asynchronous)

Monitoring & Evaluation Module

(online, asynchronous)

All available as easy to use, interactive and self-paced learning on our learning management system.

Project Cycle Management and Monitoring & Evaluation are essential skills and competencies for anybody considering volunteer development work and in almost every career area.  This content has been developed over many years and is aimed at providing the end user with a fulfilling learning experience which can be put into practice in real life.

Saturday 22nd October 2022

Partner Input Session

In this session we hear from our partners in Uganda and elsewhere on how we work together and how they use the services of VC volunteer development workers.

Meet the VC team!

Session to introduce participants to the various members of the VC team!

Health and Wellbeing Workshop

This session explores how our health and wellbeing are critical when it comes to the type of work that we, our partners and our volunteer development workers do.  We look at ways to manage your own health and discuss health issues that you may need to be aware of.

 

Sunday 23rd October 2022

Project Cycle Management and Monitoring & Evaluation – Live Masterclass 

(with Project Handover)

Having completed the self-directed online module, participants take part in this live master class with the PCM facilitator who will answer queries, explore practical scenarios and provide support.

Month 2 self-directed/paced online courses

Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection

(online, asynchronous)

Safeguarding is a term used to describe the measures put in place to ensure the protection of health, wellbeing and human rights of children, young people or vulnerable adults as individuals.

Basic Security in the Field (online, asynchronous)

Training vis Disasterready.org

Introduction to Community Development

(online, asynchronous)

This module is designed to enable prospective development workers or volunteers to gain a thorough understanding of community development combined with the practical skills necessary to work effectively in development work.

Saturday 19th November 2022

National/Local Volunteer Experience

We hear from a locally appointed national VC volunteer development worker on their experience while volunteering in their home country.

Explore Relationship Between Mission and Development – Workshop

This session explores the Missionary approach to development and modern development practices and humanitarian interventions.

Sunday 20th November 2022

Meet the VC team!

Session to introduce participants to the various members of the VC team!

Community Leadership Workshop

This module looks at effective leadership in a community project setting and the key competencies required and how to develop these.

Month 3 self-directed/paced online courses

Research Methodology  (online)

Volunteer development workers, and development practitioners need to understand the hows and whys of research and how to conduct surveys and analyse results.  This course will provide you with an understanding of this area and its importance in the project cycle.

Technical Writing – Writing  Project Reports (online, asynchronous)

Learn how to write clear, concise, accurate and well-structured writing – required both for the development of project funding proposals but equally as important in the drafting of donor reports.

Saturday 3rd December 2022

Meet the VC team!

Session to introduce participants to the various members of the VC team!

Research Skills Live Masterclass

Having completed the self-directed online module, participants take part in this live master class with the Research facilitator who will answer queries, explore practical scenarios and provide support

Sunday 4th December 2022

Cultural Adaptation Workshop

This interesting module looks at our own specific capacity to overcome changes in our natural and social environment – in the case of volunteers travelling to a country, location or community that is culturally different to our own.

Summary, wrap-up and next steps!

Students receive a certificate of completion from VC which is widely recognised by international NGOs and Development organisations.