Volunteer

Volunteer for Sound Seekers in Africa


We couldn’t deliver our projects without the commitment of our volunteers who work alongside teachers and health professionals on the ground.

We need expert and experienced volunteers – people with audiology or ENT or project management experience – who will be able to create a significant impact in the time they are there. Our volunteer placements last a minimum of 6 months though many last much longer.

Dr Courtney Caron, (below), an Audiologist from the United States is volunteering with us for four years in Blantyre, Malawi to set up a comprehensive audiology clinic at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.

We offer all our volunteers a carefully planned placement in the developing countries we work in, delivering refresher training, helping set up new systems and programmes or simply lending a hand to overworked local audiologists. Our volunteers find their placements both professionally fulfilling and personally life-enhancing.

If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering in Africa with us, check out the FAQs below, please send an email to help@sound-seekers.org.uk along with your CV.

Volunteer FAQs

Why does Sound Seekers have a volunteer programme?

In the countries where Sound Seekers works, there is a dire lack of hearing health professionals. Education for deaf children is extremely limited due to a lack of special schools and qualified Teachers of the Deaf. Sound Seekers volunteers make a huge difference by working side-by-side with our local partners to provide refresher training, upskilling and giving fresh ideas on how to carry out daily activities. Crucially, volunteers report back to Sound Seekers HQ in London with their observations and recommendations. We use this feedback to make improvements to our projects, and we also make sure that subsequent volunteers to a specific project have access to previous volunteer reports.

What qualifications do volunteers need?

  • Audiologists, with a BSc or MSc degree and some in-service experience
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors
  • Teachers of the Deaf
  • At least 3 years of audiology experience
  • Demonstrate experience of working abroad, particularly in Africa, is desirable.
  • Experience fitting a range of hearing aids to children and adults

What personal qualities do volunteers need to have?

Sound Seekers is a small and friendly charity. Volunteering with us is not the same as volunteering with a much larger, better resourced organisation (eg VSO or MSF). It is essential that all of our volunteers have the following qualities:

  • Sense of humour
  • An understanding that we are a small organisation
  • Sense of adventure
  • Patience
  • Adaptability
  • Resourcefulness
  • Independence (we prefer to organise placements for individuals, because our project teams are usually very small).

I'm keen, what do I do next?

So do you think you would like to volunteer for Sound Seekers? Excellent! This is what needs to happen next:

  1. Please send your updated CV to help@sound-seekers.org.uk, for more information about the placement opportunities we have.
  2. We will review your CV. If you meet the requirements, we will liaise with you about our available projects.
  3. Before finalising your placement, we will ask for two references to confirm your suitability to volunteer.
  4. We will keep in regular contact with you while you are away. All volunteers are required to write a report on their return, summarising their activities, and any observations and recommendations resulting from their visit. We will also ask you to write a short testimonial for our website.

What our volunteers say

“This definitely will be an experience I won’t forget.”
“The experience of going to an undeveloped country where people have very little is eye opening, and I’ll remember it wherever I end up practising in years to come.”
“Altogether, it was a very rewarding experience for me. In fact, I hope I can have the opportunity to lecture there again someday.”

Tersia de Kock, audiologist and Sound Seekers volunteer

 

Tersia de Kock a South African Audiologist specialising in the development of early hearing detection and intervention volunteered in Zambia.

“What a wonderful privilege it has been to become part of the Sound Seekers family, the amazing group of audiology comrades involved in Zambia and the exciting prospect of starting up some paediatric hearing screening in Lusaka.

More volunteer stories

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case stufy 2There is no such thing as a typical day. Every day is different. The needs are different. The patients are different. What is needed from me is different. I have to prioritise what is needed most on any particular day. One thing is for sure though, a day in the life of an audiologist in Malawi is never boring….

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