Developing Future Leaders – Summer Internship 2013

Future for Children Sierra Leone

The Project

You’ll be working with a local organisation that needs specific capacity building support. The aim of the placement is to participate in leadership training with members of local organisations and then to work with them to practically implement it.


Ten-years of civil war left a large skills gap in Sierra Leone. The country is now stable, but needs support to train its work-force so the country can reach it’s full potential. This one-month leadership programme is designed to give staff members of local organisations the skills to help drive them forward as well as providing an excellent personal development opportunity.

What will I be doing?


Week 1 Your first three days will be spent attending country orientation training, providing you with information about Sierra Leone’s history, language, culture and traditions, and vital information on staying safe, child protection and travel. You will then be placed for two days orientation with your partner organisation.
Week 2 You will attend leadership development training sessions run by The Collective with a colleague from your partner organisation and other participants and organisations.
Week 3 and 4 You will be placed within your partner organisation, working on a specific project or task that they have identified and developed with The Collective. You will help them deliver training to their beneficiaries, support them to develop systems and procedures that enable them to be more efficient with their work. This could include, designing new projects, conducting field research, monitoring and evaluating work, writing reports or developing communications plans.

What will we do at the training?

The training, led by The Collective, will be focused on improving the leadership potential of individuals and exploring how this can be best implemented into the context of local Sierra Leonean organisations. Modules will cover:

  • What is leadership?
  • Self-reflection
  • Find your leadership style
  • Communication and public speaking
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Negotiation
  • Resilience
  • Facilitation skills

What can I expect to learn?

This internship had been designed by The Collective exclusively for those interested in applying for the Teach First programme.

Hear how past volunteer William Brooke built skills to help him become a better leader in the classroom:

In fundraising for the placement and during your time in Sierra Leone we will work together to ensure you are building and documenting the key competencies required to be accepted on the Teach First programme.

Sierra Leone provides a challenging work environment where the opportunities for personal development are endless. On the programme, we will get together weekly to evaluate the previous week. We will assess what went well, what your priorities are for the coming week, and hold trouble-shooting sessions where you can support your peers to find solutions and share ideas. We encourage you to do a lot of self-reflection whilst you’re here, evaluating your performance and challenging yourself to push your boundaries.

You’ll be part of a cohort of 20 interns, all who are interested in Teach First, so you’ll be working and learning alongside like-minded people, all with the shared mission of eradicating educational disadvantage.


What impact will I have?

All of the programmes we run are mutually beneficial to both interns and the organisations they support. We place paramount importance on this, and believe that development cannot be a one-way process. We work hard to ensure that the processes are in place for you to not only develop yourself, but also the organisation and individuals you are working with.

Together with your partner organisation, you will set specific, measurable goals to work towards over your internship. This could, for instance, be to deliver one leadership training module to 10 of your organisation’s beneficiaries.

As well as co-delivering training with your host organisation colleague, you will also be working with them to develop new project ideas. This could include monitoring and evaluating current projects, developing marketing and communication plans or fundraising strategies . All with the aim of helping internal staff build capacity.

We want all the organisations we support to feel the benefit of hosting an intern, and demonstrate the impact you have had on them.


Future for Children Sierra Leone

How long is the Internship?

The programme is for one month, beginning on 31st July 2013.

Where will I be based?

You will live in Freetown.

What will I have to fundraise?

To join the programme, you will need to fundraise a minimum of £1000, but we’ll give you lots of support and ideas to help you do this!

This donation covers your accommodation, food, in-country travel, and support as well as the training we will be delivering for our local partners.

How do I get involved?

We are looking for students with initiative and a passion for making a positive difference in the world.

To apply for the programme, you need to send your C.V, along with this Summer Internship Application Form to  Applications will be open until all places have been filled. UPDATE 1.5.2013: 2 places remaining.

If you have any questions about the programme, or want to talk to one of the team, please do not hesitate to contact or