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:
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:
Contact us if you are interested in being an EBM. You only need to meet the following conditions:
Echelle – Benin Senior Coaches are specialists in adult and youth training in one of these areas:
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:
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:
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:
We are building a network of partners, whether they are individuals or organizations, willing to sponsor our students’ education through scholarships.
A 2014 Benin Government Report predicts that up to 93% of children in each generation will not be able to graduate from high school in the future decades. The rates are even higher in rural areas. Many of this small group of high school graduates would not be able to attend college. Inability to afford tuition and other school-related fees largely accounts for these alarming rates. The goal of our Scholarship Program is to support students who are engaged in our Community Development and Civic Engagement programs by covering their school fees in high school and securing higher education opportunities for the best achievers among them.
Individuals or organizations willing to sponsor one or more of our high school students can do so by making a one-time payment or guaranteeing a yearly payment of the students fees throughout the 3-year cycle. They can also sponsor our graduating students for their college education. In return, the sponsored students pledge to give back to their communities and mentor younger students throughout the duration of the scholarship.
We also partner with foreign universities, embassies, and other organizations to help the best achievers among our students secure scholarship opportunities to study abroad. Contact us if you or a person/organization you know would like to sponsor our students through scholarship opportunities.
We are building a network of partners, both from the private and the public sectors, willing to sponsor our students through professional development opportunities.
The goal of our Professional Development Program is to connect our students to resources made available by our sponsoring partners. Professional Development opportunities provided by our sponsors may include, but are not limited to:
If you are an organization (business, non-profit organizations, or government agency) who would like to offer one or more professional development opportunities to our students, we would love to partner with you. Please contact us now so we can start a discussion.
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.
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.