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World of Difference: Work for a nonprofit and the Vodafone Foundation will pay your salary

28. July 2011

The Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation announces, under the theme, 'Open your path to another life', the fourth year of its grant program, 'World of Difference' in which people can spend one year or one to three months working in the nonprofit organization of their choice, with their wages paid by the Vodafone Foundation. "The main idea behind the 'World of Difference' program is a long-term transfer of know-how and experience between the non-profit sector and the business world, and the development of a civil society in the Czech Republic. We want to encourage specialists, particularly in the commercial sector, to participate in topics that have a social overlap, and also help professionalize the nonprofit sector. In previous years, we know that even after the grant winners cooperate with NGOs or are otherwise involved in supporting issues, they continue to support them," explained Ondřej Zapletalthe, director of the Vodafone Foundation, as the main idea of the program. Twenty-eight professionals have applied their experience in non-profit organizations focusing on all topics from ecology to social issues as part of the 'World of Difference' program so far.

The Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation announces, under the theme, 'Open your path to another life', the fourth year of its grant program, 'World of Difference' in which people can spend one year or one to three months working in the nonprofit organization of their choice, with their wages paid by the Vodafone Foundation.

"The main idea behind the 'World of Difference' program is a long-term transfer of know-how and experience between the non-profit sector and the business world, and the development of a civil society in the Czech Republic. We want to encourage specialists, particularly in the commercial sector, to participate in topics that have a social overlap, and also help professionalize the nonprofit sector. In previous years, we know that even after the grant winners cooperate with NGOs or are otherwise involved in supporting issues, they continue to support them," explained Ondřej Zapletalthe, director of the Vodafone Foundation, as the main idea of the program.

Twenty-eight professionals have applied their experience in non-profit organizations focusing on all topics from ecology to social issues as part of the 'World of Difference' program so far. Grant recipients may engage, according to their profession, in a wide range of activities from fundraising, PR and communications, to creating a long-term HR and development strategy. The program is open to all candidates across all disciplines, regardless of qualifications, income group or region of operation. The only exceptions are people who are currently active in the nonprofit sector or have been unemployed longer than three months. 'World of Difference' is available even for those who do not want or cannot, for various reasons, throughout the year leave their jobs. The Vodafone Foundation allows them to work under the same conditions for a non-profit organization for a shorter term with jobs lasting from one to three months under the program.

The new role of ambassador for 'World of Difference' is filled this year by Tomáš Hajzler who is professionally involved in issues of motivation, meaningful work and freedom at work and publishes books on this topic.

"From many surveys it has been shown that up to 80% of people do not enjoy their work. We spend more than two thirds of our lives at work, which on average is not much longer than 25 000 days. The 'World of Difference' program is an exceptional opportunity to try to do something truly fulfilling without the fear of not being able to pay the bills," says Tomáš Hajzler, program ambassador.

Conditions for participation in the 'World of Difference' grant procedure are to create a project that defines a detailed job description in a particular nonprofit organization, including goal setting. Applicants who are not oriented in the nonprofit sector can have contact with non-profit organizations through the offer bazaar for offers and demands for cooperation on the 'World of Difference' website.

Candidates may submit applications until the end of September, after which approximately a dozen finalists will be announced in mid-October by the Vodafone Foundation. At that time, the grantee will be able to appeal to and engage the public. The project voted for by the most people will get a wild card and will be directly ranked among the winners. The other successful grantees will be decided by a jury composed of representatives of the Vodafone Foundation, Vodafone, the media and nonprofit sectors. One of the jurors will also be Ambassador Tomáš Hajzler. The other winners for 2012 will be known at the end of October.

Forms and information concerning all elements of the application process including contacts can be found by applicants from the 1st of August on the website www.rokjinak.cz. There they can see specific experiences with 'World of Difference' and learn directly from former grantees. Their stories are conveyed through short video clips, which, together with a team of people with mental disabilities from the Inventura Association, were recorded by a former 'World of Difference' participant, Linda Jablonská.