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ROTA-CNAQ Volunteers Departs to Tunisia
02 May 2013

ROTA–CNAQ volunteers depart to Tunisia

Week-long trip for school renovation progarm

Trip sponsored by Vodafone Qatar

Thirty student volunteers from the College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNAQ) have set out on a week-long service learning trip to Tunisia for a school renovation project in the western Jendouba Province of Tunisia.  

Organized by Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) Qatar’s leading non-profit organization, and sponsored by Vodafone Qatar, the trip is a part of an agreement signed between ROTA and the CNAQ in April 2011, aimed at promoting mutual, educational development and service cooperation in order to address mutual needs on a reciprocal basis of respect, independence and equal status of each party.

“At Vodafone Qatar, we believe in the impact that volunteering and community service can have on  youths personal and professional developmentwhich is why we sponsored the ROTA International Outreach Program.. In addition to the benefits it has on the beneficiary community, it pushes the volunteers to get out of their comfort zone, and envision a bigger role in society and the world,”said Dana Haidan, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Vodafone Qatar.

Following the agreement in April 2012, ROTA and CNAQ coordinated a joint international volunteer trip to Bangladesh to initiate the inter-organizational collaboration. The trip was such a great success that both organizations agreed to take a group of students to Tunisia from 20-28 April, 2013.

The trip is a as part of ROTA's efforts aimed at fostering the spirit of volunteerism in Qatar. During the trip, volunteers will also participate in activities that engage with the local community and environment.

Our activity program is designed to immerse the students in the local culture and ensure they benefit from a positive learning experience throughout the visit, while also leaving time to enjoy their visit to Tunisia," said ROTA Volunteer Program Manager, Mr. George Tavola..

In February 2011, ROTA launched an initiative called Reach Out to Arabia to provide assistance to Arabic countries in the North African region. For this trip, ROTA is working with Tunisia Charity, a local organization established in 2011 that supports the abilities ofthe most vulnerable groups in society and has focussed on emergency relief and areas as diverse as education, water and sanitation, health and nutrition and orphan sponsorship.

"At CNAQ, we are inspired by the conviction that volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges worldwide. Our volunteers are excited to have this extraordinary opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of people in Tunisia," said CNAQ International Education Coordinator, Ms. Candace Jesson.

ROTA National Programs Director, Mr. Mohamed Abdulla Saleh said: "The ROTA-CNAQ volunteers visiting Tunisia have a wonderful opportunity to participate in a project that will shape the futures of many young people. We look forward to hearing about their experiences when they return home. The volunteers are motivated to connect with international communities, their sense of achievement inspiring them to further volunteerism. Through this experience the volunteers will develop and practice cross-cultural communication skills, leadership, team-work and problem solving skills.”

After returning home, the volunteers and supporters will participate at a 'Reflection Event' where they will discuss and share their Tunisian experiences.

In addition, CNAQ and ROTA will seek to maintain the momentum of their partnership by exploring opportunities to publicize the volunteers' trip reflections to their CNAQ peers and the wider community, as well as advocating for the needs of the people in Tunisia through Qatar-based activities.