AAU Call for Volunteer Young Social Media Reporters!

Deadline: 30 October 2017

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has organised key events to mark the 2017 African University Week. The theme for the African University Week is “[email protected]: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects for Sustainable Development in Africa”. This year the AAU Secretariat will use Social Media with the help of Volunteer Social Media Reporters to create awareness about the African University Week.

Roles of Young Volunteer Social Media Reporters

  • Selected Volunteer Social Media Reporters will work online to retweet, like facebook posts, share videos, share pictures, write blog articles and re-post posts related to the African University Week. These volunteers will work online from 23rd October 2017 to 25th November 2017.
  • The Volunteer Social Media Reporters will be guided on what to tweet. E.g. a schedule of tweets and Facebook posts will be shared with the reporters.
  • On-Site Volunteer Social Media Reporters will also be selected to support the online campaign and also participate in “onsite social media reporting”. Physical presence during the events is thus a requirement for onsite Volunteer Social Media Reporters. Hence these Volunteer Social Media Reporters must be in Accra and be able to come to the Secretariat of the Association of African Universities for each event.
  • The hash tag #AFUniWk will be used to tag all posts that will be posted to enable aggregation and tracking of traffic about the 2017 African University Week and future African University Week Celebrations.
  • While tweeting or liking posts, Volunteer Social Media Reporters will be encouraged to mention universities in Africa and hopefully create awareness on and promote these universities as well.
  • All selected Volunteer Social Media Reporters will be expected to follow AAU social media platforms
  • Team leaders will be selected to assist and channel the efforts of their team members in order to reach their goals.


  • Applicants will learn about Social Media Reporting
  • Applicants will receive resources and training to use Social Media effectively
  • Applicants will be given an e-certificate signed by the AAU Secretary General if applicants complete all the tasks assigned to applicants.
  • Applicants will have a real experience to include in their CV
  • Applicants will be associated with the Association of African Universities and included in AAU’s database for future related opportunities to support applicant’s career growth

Eligibility Criteria

  • Has experience using social media – at least twitter and facebook
  • Loves social media and visits these sites daily
  • Has a smart phone and access to internet
  • Has a good reputation in social media communities
  • Understands the importance of hash tags and content aggregation
  • Appreciates the importance of Higher Education for Africa’s development

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their applications online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit Volunteer Young Social Media Reporters.

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