BECOME A CODE BUDDY FOR AN AFRICAN DEVELOPER

The headkey of this project is to mentor African developers and give them an insight of the European software industry to give them a head start in finding a job and helping them grow their career. The main thing to innovate growth is the recognition of faster growth to give informal access to more experienced peers, rather than a training program.

EVERYBODY DESERVES
A BUDDY

A buddy is there for all kinds of questions and help. From questions about the EU software industry to how to prepare for an application.

HISTORY

We started a sustainability initiative called the Fair Trade Software Foundation in 2005. The Fair Trade Software Foundation is an initiative that makes sure that developers in developing countries have access to the transfer of best practices of working in teams and that they have the same knowledge as we have in the EU. This makes it easier for ICT companies in developing countries to make contact with local and international companies to unlock potential growth opportunities. The world of ICT is all about sharing knowledge with each other. In this process we recognised that mentoring is a very important tool. Which brings me to an example of one of our first projects.

While we were working on The Fair Trade Software Foundation we got in touch with a lot of developers who had just graduated or were looking for a job. But because there is a big gap in knowledge between the EU and African countries they wanted a mentor from the EU to help them with for example job interviews, share knowledge and tell them how it is like working in the EU. That’s when we started our project in Kenya called CodePamoja.

CodePamoja means CodeTogether in Swahili. This project was about getting EU developersto work together on real projects with African developers. This was a big success! We had a big group of African developers to work with EU developers to work together and share knowledge. Because this was such a success, there were a lot of developers who asked for another project like this. We listened and started a new project called CodeBuddies!

WHY BECOME A CODE BUDDY?

Everyone in the world deserves equal opportunities. At the moment there are hundreds of African developers or young graduates who cannot get a job. This is because they have not received or could not get the knowledge and experience that we have in the EU. With 1 or 2 hours a week you can ensure that they have a better chance of a job, and that only by sharing knowledge. These can be tech questions, but also questions about project management or application procedures.

WHAT IS THERE TO EXPECT?

FROM AFRICAN DEVELOPERS

  • Speak English;
  • Be clear about what you want to know or need help with, for example:
    • What tech should I learn and why?
    • How/where can I go to learn specific tech?
    • I’m working on …. in my job, do you have any tips to help me?
    • Can I talk to you about how you work in Europe?
    • How do I manage projects?
    • What should I do in a job interview?

FROM EUROPEAN DEVELOPERS

  • Speak English;
  • Be available to answer questions at mutually agreed times;
  • Involvement is up to you, suggest 1 or 2 hours a week;
  • Expect project management and soft-skill questions as well as tech;
  • Try to teach industry best practice and be as professional as possible;

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

For you this is an opportunity to have some fun and do some good at the same time, and it doesn’t require big efforts. All you would have to do is talk tech with a young African graduate for a few minutes every now and then (e.g. every week) to help them learn. It’s a great way to practice your training, mentoring and soft skills, and you get to make some new friends at the same time. You can make what you want with it, add it to your CV, blog, vlog, get others involved or just chat. Up to you. You can be one of the first participants. We’re making a badge as proof of your participation, and you will be able to join the Fair Trade Software Foundation in a new membership category.

HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?

We have got a whole list of African developers who want a CodeBuddie. When we’ve got your application, we will match you through your techstack and the techstack of the African developer.

After we matched you, we will send you and the African developer the contact information and from then it is up to you. We will do a check after one month to see if everything is going well but you can see this as your own project. If at some point there are no more questions from the African developer, we can arrange a new CodeBuddie for you. If you find this enough or if you don’t have the time, that’s no problem at all and you can just stop without being tied to anything.

FAQs

We have got a whole list of African developers who want a CodeBuddie. When we’ve got your application, we will match you through your techstack and the techstack of the African developer.

For you this is an opportunity to have some fun and do some good at the same time, and it doesn’t require big efforts. All you would have to do is talk tech with a young African graduate for a few minutes every now and then (e.g. every week) to help them learn. It’s a great way to practice your training, mentoring and soft skills, and you get to make some new friends at the same time. You can make what you want with it, add it to your CV, blog, vlog, get others involved or just chat. Up to you. You can be one of the first participants. We’re making a badge as proof of your participation, and you will be able to join the Fair Trade Software Foundation in a new membership category.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Yasmine

Ask Yasmine

If you have any questions or if something is not clear, you can schedule a video call with Yasmine. Schedule an appointment in her agenda!

BECOME A CODE PAMOJA CODE BUDDY