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Volunteers

Echelle – Benin Volunteers (EBV) work pro bono (without pay) for the Executive Team, either in person or remotely. You can join as a volunteer even if you live outside Benin. All you need to do is contact us and leave us an email or a phone number to reach you.
We currently need volunteers to help us in the following areas:

  • Administrative Tasks (Office Management, Accounting)
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Social Media Management (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter)

Mentors

Echelle – Benin Mentors (EBM) are community leaders, educators, and professionals who have the capacity to connect and empower our students as role models and advisors. They are adult professionals who are dedicated to giving back to the younger generation by inspiring and guiding them toward building a brighter future. Our Mentors are not paid for their work, but we contribute to their visibility through formal recognition of their accomplishments.

As a Mentor at Echelle – Benin, you will typically be assigned one or more students (no more than five). You can be a Mentor even if you live outside Benin. Your role as an EBM is to:

  • Guide the assigned students (mentees) toward achieving personal and community goals
  • Provide academic and professional guidance and advice to the mentee
  • Empower the mentee’s confident public speaking voice
  • Help the mentee develop skills to build a strong networking
  • Teach the mentee how to stand out and open doors to future opportunities.

Contact us if you are interested in being an EBM. You only need to meet the following conditions:

  • Have life and professional experiences that can be valuable to our students;
  • Believe that giving back to our communities is critical to our collective wellbeing;
  • Want to be a role model to younger people in Benin and beyond;
  • Are willing to commit your time to advising and guiding one or more students.

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Senior Coaches

Echelle – Benin Senior Coaches are specialists in adult and youth training in one of these areas:

  • Personal Development
  • Leadership
  • Civic Engagement
  • Community Development
  • Entrepreneurship

As a Senior Coach at Echelle – Benin, you will have two roles. First, during every summer (June-September), you will help train our newly recruited high school teachers so they can become Junior Coaches in the areas of your expertise. Your second role as a Senior Coach is to train our staff members as well as our Mentors during special workshops organized by Echelle – Benin to keep its personnel up to date in the areas of leadership, personal development, and community development.
Senior Coaches are paid according to predetermined rates. They can also volunteer and work pro bono (without pay). To become a Senior Coach at Echelle – Benin, you might be asked to first undergo a Trainer of Trainers (TOT) training provided by our partners. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a Senior Coach and meet the following conditions:

    • Have at least 2 years of teaching, training, and/or coaching experience in the areas listed above.
    • Be a passionate and dedicated individual committed to training others to become junior coaches.

Junior Coaches

Echelle – Benin Junior Coaches are local teachers (in elementary or secondary schools) who have been trained by our Senior Coaches to become trainers in the following areas:

  • Personal Development
  • Leadership
  • Civic Engagement
  • Community Development
  • Entrepreneurship

To become a Junior Coach, you must first undergo a training by our Senior Coaches that takes place during workshops organized by Echelle – Benin during the summer break in Benin (July – September). After completion of your training, you are put in charge of training a group of 10 – 20 high school students enrolled in an Echelle – Benin Training Program in your community. Classes meet up to two weekends per month throughout the academic year in Benin (September – June). As a Junior Coach, you are paid according to predetermined rates. To apply, you must:

  • Be a teacher (elementary or secondary school) serving in a community covered by Echelle-Benin;
  • Be passionate about social change;
  • Be willing to work on weekends and during school breaks.

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Donors

Supplies & Equipment Donation

At the end of each academic year, we award recognition prizes to the highest performing students and the best teachers in a community. We focus on elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. The goal is to inspire and motivate students in the community to remain in school and commit to hard work while incentivizing their educators.

You can support our Excellence Awards Program by donating items that would serve as prizes. These include, but are not limited to, school supplies, books, computers, tablets, bikes, games, etc. To donate, click here to shop for items of your own choice. The items you purchase will be shipped to us.

Money Donation

We accept donations in cash (Credit/Debit cards, PayPal). Please keep in mind that, as a charitable organization registered in Benin, donations given to us by individuals or organizations residing outside Benin are not eligible for tax exemption in their country of residence.

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Let’s serve as a ladder of success to younger people and their communities!

Please join us in serving as a ladder of success to younger people.
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