- DIVER: Bibian Baralemwa
- NATIVE COUNTRY: Uganda
- CATEGORY – Good Samaritan
- DIVE: Volunteer
- LEVEL: 1
- REQUIREMENTS: Level 1 (Has volunteered at least two hours.)
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When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive?
I have volunteered both informally and formally for most of my adult life. I cannot even precisely state when I began.
As a child, I joined the girl guide association where volunteering was a main part of the organization. I began with little things like helping with household chores even when I was off for the day.
Later in life, I asked to volunteer as a typist for a nearby secondary school with the aim to practice and increase my typing speed and to gain experience working in an office setting. It was the first time I worked in an office and that made me feel quite useful and capable.
After university, I volunteered with various organizations with the hope that I would be hired. Although I wasn’t hired in the places I volunteered, I surely gained experience and confidence in working in the corporate field.
When I eventually got formal employment, I still offered to volunteer with the different departments with the aim of sharing my acquired expertise while learning new skills.
In 2018 I applied to volunteer with The Cherie Blair Foundation for women, and I was happy to be taken in as a mentor for women entrepreneurs. I volunteered at least 5 hours a month for two years, the 2018 – 2019 cohort and the 2019 – 2020 cohort. It was one of the very best experiences of my life. It was very inspiring and greatly motivating to realize that volunteering to share my skill and expertise helped impact other women’s lives, to make them more knowledgeable, confident, and productive.
I also enjoyed the opportunity to learn from the different experiences of the women I mentored and from those in the program. Sharing is a great fulfillment. I think that the world has many talented and skilled people and if we all volunteered to share even just a bit of our knowledge and skills, our world would be a much better place. I hope that by sharing my experience here, many more people will be encouraged and motivated to give some of their time to volunteering. It is therapy, it is empowering, and it is positively impacting.
How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?
I have volunteered for most of my life mostly informally, and I still do a lot of voluntary work without formal documentation. Volunteering on my part is an ongoing process. My volunteering job accomplishments are in pieces depending on the jobs at different periods in time.
My most recent volunteering job lasted for 2 years. The job was renewed after a year with a new mentee each year. Each year required a minimum of 2 hours of volunteering per month of volunteering through my mentee and I exceeded the time to 4 hours a month for us to be able to meet our set objectives
What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Dive Level?
The hardest part about achieving this dive was committing to the discipline of creating time for the program. After accepting to volunteer as a mentor, I received some other tasks to do. Doing both volunteering and other tasks became quite strenuous for me. There always seemed to be something more urgent to do before pursuing this dive to completion and so I kept postponing. The second and probably harder part was getting it done to the Break Diving standard.
Break Diving pursues excellence and sometimes it isn’t easy to achieve that standard. I have had to do this a few times before getting approved. A process I greatly admire and respect.
What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Dive Level?
The easiest part of pursuing this dive was drawing from my wealth of experience and expertise. It was easy for me to get my facts together to help the mentee. My experience fits well within the requirements of the dive with proof to show.
This opportunity surfaced at a time when I wasn’t very busy which made it easier for me to concentrate on it. Also, the guidance and support I received from the Break Diving staff team were very helpful. They were particularly helpful in helping me understand the requirements and to tailor my volunteering experience into perspective.
What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?
My advice to anyone pursuing this dive would be to take your effort to volunteer seriously. Value it in terms of the time and money you put into it.
These are very important in helping us value our input, especially when the desired results turn out better than we expected. Oftentimes when we volunteer, we do not count or value the amount of time, money, and effort without realizing and consequently fail to value our contribution. But it’s also possible to overestimate our input. The best way to keep track is to note down and measure our input against set objectives and desired results.
What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive at This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.
There are several different resources one can find on the internet depending on what their area of work is. For my part volunteering as a trainer and mentor in the project and business management areas, I found the following websites particularly helpful:
“Future Learn” is an excellent site for quick and refresher learning.
“Allison” has a range of courses with step by step guides.
“Management help” is an excellent site with a wealth of resources for leadership, management, and administration.
These web links are free, easy to maneuver and understand, resourceful, and very relevant to the current times.
Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive.
My motivation to volunteer with the Cherie Blair Foundation was a result of boredom. Yes! Boredom!
The organization I worked for had run out of funds and had laid off staff. I was an externally resourced person which meant there wasn’t going to be work for me to do. I was used to keeping busy.
As I searched the web for jobs I came across the Cherie Blair advert for mentors. When I first saw the advert for mentors I wasn’t sure I met their criterion. I wished I could be part of the mentoring team, but shelved the idea.
A few days later I re-read the advert and thought I could do it! I scrolled to search the pay but there was none. I was a bit disappointed! It was a 100% volunteer job! I finally decided I would apply and make use of my time to help someone else rather than be bored waiting for a paid job.
I dared to dive into the unknown waters like a Break Diver and I am glad I did. Volunteering with the Cherie Blair Foundation has been one of the most pleasant experiences in my life. With this volunteering opportunity came great fulfillment. I realized that there was a give and take in volunteering and sometimes the take was much more than what I gave.
I got to meet very resourceful people, made new friends, learned new things, and really boosted my confidence. It was easier volunteering within the Africa region as I had had experience working in different countries and cultures.
How Did You Prove You Met The Requirements for this Level?
I submitted this write up, shared my experiences on different interaction platforms in the Break Diving community, and submitted available certificates.
Will you be pursuing the next level? If so, why, and if not, why not?
Yes, my intention is to pursue the next level for this dive with an aim to reach the highest dive level. My plan is to become a charity donor someday and I hope that the different avenues will expose me to the different areas of crucial need.
I hope you join Break Diving and to check on my progress and cheer me on my journey.
And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Bibian Baralemwa is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: GOOD SAMARITAN – VOLUNTEER – LEVEL 1. Congratulations Bibian! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!
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