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Work in a NFP for a Year -Vodafone Foundation

15 December 2005 at 12:12 pm
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The Vodafone Australia Foundation is giving four Australians the chance to fulfil their passion for the world around us by spending a year working for their favourite charities.

Staff Reporter | 15 December 2005 at 12:12 pm


Work in a NFP for a Year -Vodafone Foundation
15 December 2005 at 12:12 pm

The Vodafone Australia Foundation is giving four Australians the chance to fulfil their passion for the world around us by spending a year working for their favourite charities.

The Vodafone Australia Foundation takes care of their salaries up to $50,000 and expenses up to $25,000, while they live their dreams of working for their chosen Not for Profit organisation for a year.

The Vodafone Australia Foundation is opening up entries on 16 January for its World of Difference program.

The desire to ‘do give something back’ is overpowering for many Australians, according to Vodafone’s Corporate Responsibility Manager Ramana James, with thousands of entries received each year from every corner of the country.

Ramana says the World of Difference program is an amazing opportunity to turn a soft spot for a cause into a career.

One of the four winners from the 2004 World of Difference program, Nadine Ziegeldorf, spent her year working for Street Voices, the Australian registered arm of a community program in Vietnam training street children in hospitality through a venture called Café KOTO.

The charity teaches cookery and bar service and supports the children with laundry services, medical expenses, life skills, English coaching, team sports, social activities and, in some cases, housing.

Nadine says taking up the program was a life changing experience and she it freed her financially to focus on the work she wanted to do.

Through her year supported by the Vodafone Australia Foundation, Nadine became the full time CEO of Street Voices and embarked on a long-term campaign to raise funds to duplicate the café in other cities around the world. Nadine was recently appointed head of the KOTO restaurant in Vietnam.

Nadine is the archetypal World of Difference candidate, according to Vodafone saying the program has given Australians the courage and the financial leg-up to carve a place in the Not for Profit sector.

Ramana James says that before the Foundation chooses four World of Difference candidates, it will liaise closely with the organisations they nominate and seek input on their applications.

They’ll also be using last year’s successful applicants to help us select four Australians for this year’s program.

The World of Difference program is open to all Australians. To enter, log onto, follow the links to World of Difference and submit an application after 16 January outlining how your skills will make a difference to your chosen charity or NFP organisation.

Now in its third year, Vodafone says the World of Difference program is unique to Australia. It is the only CSR program in the country giving Australians the opportunity to work for their favourite charity for a year, fully funded and fully supported by a company.

Entrants must make a written application through the Vodafone website by 17th February 2006. Entries must be 3000 characters or less. Winners will be announced on 27th March 2006 and will have the equivalent of their current salary paid for a year (up to $50,000) and up to $25,000 in relevant expenses.

Entry is only open to Australian residents who are aged 18 years or over and who have not been convicted of any criminal offence in the past ten years. Only one entry is permitted per person. Entrants must be able to start work with their selected charity in May 2006.

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