The Beauty of Volunteering - Orngu Victor Gbashinbo
Mr and Mrs Orngu Gbashinbo live in Gbashinbo Village, Wukari LGA of Taraba State, Nigeria. Born in 1987, Orngu Victor Gbashinbo graduated college with a BA (Hons) in Education History. His experience with the social enterprise Better Life Vietnam (BLV), is as follows.
I started working as a volunteer in 2016 with the Federal Education Scheme N Power as a class teacher. Because I enjoyed the experience so much, I joined Taraba State University in Jalingo as a volunteer and later worked with Mobile Forms Africa for three months as a volunteer agent. I then joined the UN Online Volunteers network and started working with the United Nations Development Programme on a research project, focusing on grassroots democracy.
I joined BLV’s Social Media Promotion team on March 26th 2019, and since then I have greatly enjoyed being a part of the Vietnamese charity’s challenging work. I was faced with some initial obstacles to begin with as I had to commit time, energy and resources to deliver projects on time. I also had to figure out how to subscribe to my device to keep this online volunteering job afloat. As a volunteer for various organisations such as the Management Science for Health and being a class teacher with the Federal Education Scheme, I was stretched for time but I was committed to help the underprivileged children of Vietnam and this motivated me to offer my time at 4:00am daily.
The exposure to BLV has helped me and I plan to start a company here in Nigeria (Better Life Nija, Social Media Management and Promotion company ltd).