Thinking about Action at Home together

26th August 2013

Following a productive Phase Two, 13QR have just returned to Field Base yet again for the end of Phase review.

Phase Two has shown the teams really getting to grips with their project work, learning the importance of working together, and identifying the areas in which they can help their communities the most.

The phase has given an excellent opportunity for the volunteers to learn and/or develop a host of skills whether it be from raising health awareness to groups of people, organising health and vet camps, starting their report writing, leading village meetings or planning ahead on team activities.

Throughout the last few weeks, via conversations lead by their Team Leaders, the volunteers have began to think about their Action At Home project they will be doing upon completing the ICS programme. Both 13QR volunteers and Team Leaders have already established they are ‘Active Global Citizens’ by the excellent project work they have been demonstrating so far in the programme.

Following an Action at Home session lead by myself and fellow DPL Nidhin, the volunteers have actively been sharing ideas on how they can adapt their own experiences of living and working with communities struggling to maintain their livelihoods and apply this to raising awareness of development issues upon returning home after the programme. By sharing and discussing ideas they have began making the first steps to inspire and educate people to take action in tackling global inequality and poverty together.

In teams, the volunteers were set an activity to think about the issues identified in their project villages and how they could perhaps use these as a basis to take action post programme. This could be knowledge gained from the PRA activity; information collated from Household surveys or even from day to day communications and observations within the communities. Some issues highlighted so far included: lack of education, smoking, water scarcity, nutrition and livelihoods.

They then brainstormed ideas on how they could link these issues to their Action at Home project. By creating an ‘Impact Diagram’, the volunteers were able to discuss how their Action at Home project may impact on themselves personally, their community and also the impact it may have globally. Each team presented one potential Action at home idea and already at this stage some key issues seen in rural developing communities are being openly discussed in order to create solutions to raise awareness.

Deploying for the final phase, the volunteers are now inspired to gain any material, photographs and supporting information they may need to help them deliver their Action at Home project when they finish their project in under three weeks! Exciting stuff!


IR4 brainstorming ideas about raising awareness on the dangers of using pesticides


IY1 presenting their ideas about creating Self Help groups for disadvantaged youths in both the UK and in India

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More brainstorming from IY2 and IC12


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IR9 & IR10 both discussed water scarcity as a potential area to focus on for their Action at Home project and the methods they could use to raise awareness


IC5 presented their action at home ideas covering Education


Jennifer from IC11 presenting her ideas for Action at Home where she is interested in organising a 'clothing drive' for homeless people