Emmanuel Muntanga | Challenges Worldwide Volunteer in Zambia, 2016


Emmanuel did not expect to become such an integral part of a company that focuses on increasing access to improved energy products in low-income communities. Emmanuel over sees a wide range of areas within Vitalite, from marketing research to proposal writing for investments and partnerships.

He never expected that he would secure such a position so soon and attribute his experience with Challenges Worldwide ICS to the rapid progress he has had in his career. Emmanuel was keen to shine and show off the skills he had already as well as use this opportunity to demonstrate that he could continually develop within the workplace. His optimism accompanied with hard skills evidently made him shine!

One specific skill that Vitalite recognised was his ability to communicate, in addition to conducting himself in a professional manner which was outlined in his CMI training. In fact, he was so successful, that he met International Development Minister Nick Hurd in Zambia to discuss how the Challenges Worldwide ICS programme supported Emmanuel with his aspirations but also those of the local community. Stating that;

“Challenges Worldwide ICS is a wonderful program something especially Africans really need as we need to shift from our current educational system, and Challenges Worldwide ICS provides such a platform”

As well as advocating for the programme, Emmanuel would encourage future volunteers to simply be themselves and honest, as there is always help from Team Leaders, staff, Technical Assistants and Mentors.