Short answer: Yes, absolutely!
My name is Gwen and I’ve just completed Charity Fast-Track whilst living in Hong Kong.
I found out about the course through Facebook and thought I’d look into it, as working in the charity sector is something that I’m very interested in. I’ll admit I was a little daunted about completing a distance-learning course – not only because I live on the other side of the world – but also my work hours are long and maintaining a work-life balance is important for me. I proceeded to apply, and the CFT team reassured me that everything is online and designed to be completed remotely. The course requires a minimum of 4 hours a week, but like everything – the more you put in, the more you get out of it.
The CFT team are incredibly kind, supportive, knowledgeable and generous with their time. Mentors, the Child.org team and the CFT coordinators always answered my questions promptly. Despite the distance, I never felt isolated. I’ve made connections with other fast-trackers through messaging them and charity professional discussion groups. You’re all in the same boat and having that extra support is wonderful.
The actual course content is current, relevant and easy to follow. There is plenty of opportunity to read further if there is an area you’re particularly interested in. You engage with articles, research, videos and debates across the whole charity sector. The tasks help develop your critical thinking and analysis. There were online discussion groups to discuss content with your fellow fast-trackers, plus webinars with industry experts, who provided great insight. There were certain areas of the course I really engaged with. I now feel so much more confident discussing different elements of the charity sector.
The Fundraising Challenge
For my challenge I decided to do a Hong Kong Three Peak Challenge. We ended up being a group of 13 and fundraised around £3,700 for child.org. We hiked for 15 hours, but kept each other laughing through the wind and fog. Luckily, between us we had hiked most of the mountains separately and knew the routes well. We did trial runs, took ferries, rented mini buses and carried far too many Jammy Dodgers.
CFT provided some great ideas for the fundraising challenge – you could choose one of the existing ideas, an idea of a past fast-tracker or come up with a new idea. Once you’ve submitted your idea and it’s been approved, you are guided through each step – recruiting volunteers, setting up your challenge page, how to ask for donations and tell the world about your challenge. My advice – have confidence in your idea, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and have fun!
This is a great charity course, run by passionate, caring and knowledgeable people. They want you to succeed and to gain the skills you need to continue to succeed in the sector, or to enter it with confidence. I’ve made great connections and felt supported throughout the course and did not once feel at a disadvantage for missing Bootcamp or not being able to meet anyone face to face. Make the most of it, soak it in and enjoy!