Chris Pols, Employment Counselor for people with disabilities
– 59 years old
I am one of the five volunteer trainers of VSO. As trainers we are preparing ourselves to give our first Skills for Working in Development (SKWID) trainings to new volunteers. To this end, I have followed various training courses over the past year. From 1993-1995 I was a VSO volunteer in Okakarara Namibia myself. I worked there as a coordinator for a special education project. The aim of the project was to give teachers more knowledge about pupils with special needs and to prevent school drop-out.”
The VSO community gives me the opportunity to stay in touch with VSO as an organisation, but especially with the people behind it as well. The great thing about VSO is that it’s really about the people in the field. I signed up because I’m curious about the current work of VSO staff. I think it would be interesting to see the developments in Namibia, for example. I also hope that people who are currently in the field and new volunteers can benefit from my experiences.
VSO is a kind of virus. Once you’ve come into contact with it, you’ll never completely lose it.
I experience the voluntary work as very positive. I develop new skills and at the same time have the feeling that a group of people can make a meaningful contribution to the preparation of new volunteers. Above all, it gives me a feeling of involvement. VSO is a kind of virus. Once you’ve come into contact with it, you’ll never completely lose it. I really believe in development by sharing knowledge and skills and that idea of VSO still inspires me.