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Help mentor the next generation of development!

As you know if you’ve been following WhyDev for a while, we’re collaborating with Monash University in Melbourne on Colab m, an online mentoring program for graduate students in development.

Meet a past mentee

The first semester of the program was a great success, and we’re getting ready to launch the second semester of the program. We’re recruiting development professionals from around the world to serve as mentors to graduate students studying for a Masters in International Development Practice. Since Colab m is an online program, you do not need to be located in Australia – mentors live and work all over the world.

The program will run for 12 weeks beginning in March, and mentors will spend 3-4 hours per month working with their mentees. Mentors and mentees work through a custom designed mentoring in development curriculum together every other week, which serves as a basis for them to share knowledge and form a relationship.

What’s it take to be a mentor?

  • Professional experience in the international aid and development sector;
  • Knowledge of current issues in development;
  • Interest in helping prepare tomorrow’s development workers for success;
  • Commitment to getting development right;
  • Ability to commit 3-4 hours per month to working with your mentee.

“I hope that I passed on several things: that they can only be themselves and that this is always good enough; that they are capable of making their own decisions based on fact and gut instinct; that aid work does change us and it’s up to us whether that is for the better or worse” – Colab mentor

*Apply to be a mentor*

Applications (using the link above) are now open until 11:59pm AEDT 26 February 2016. For further information and inquires please contact us at info@whydev.org ATT: Michelle Ferns.

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