This may seem like a strange question, but does anyone have experience of setting up, or working for a volunteer bureau / centre in sub-saharan Africa?
I'm thinking of the type of bureau you get in the UK where organisations who need volunteers register their opportunities with you, and people looking to do voluntary work come to match up with a suitable placement.
The reason these bureaux work so well in the UK is that it allows community groups / charities to provide fantastic sevices or run projects that just couldn't survive wihtout the time, talent and skils of volunteers. The volunteers themselves get a great sense of achievement, meet new people and learn new skills.
Am I just being crazy thinking this could work? Any thoughts (positive, practical or otherwise) would be hugely appreciated.