Since 2010, Teach For All has participated in Credit Suisse’s flagship international volunteering initiative, the Global Citizens Program (GCP), which gives its employees the opportunity to share their skills and expertise with the bank’s education and microfinance partners around the world.
To date, more than 65 Credit Suisse employees have completed assignments with Teach For All partner organizations, supporting them in a variety of areas, including finance, IT, marketing, and human resources in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Earlier this year, Ekaterina Sirotyuk, Vice President, Portfolio Manager & Senior Investment Analyst at Credit Suisse, worked with Teach For Armenia to help strengthen their finance and operations processes. Ekaterina spent time with each staff member to understand the challenges the organization faces, and then presented recommendations and built alignment among staff members with a view toward the future direction. At the end of the training, Ekaterina and Teach For Armenia developed a project deliverable to guide the evaluation and monitoring of their finance management. The resource is now available to the Teach For All network as a new “best practice” tool that partners can adapt to their own context.
“I was surprised, in a good way, with what we achieved and the kind of document we produced. External and partner experience is very helpful as we plan our growth,” explained Gevorg Ayvazya, Director of Operations at Teach For Armenia. “It really helps guide the organization toward a precise direction. We’ll be using this resource for our current budgeting process.”
“It is motivating to support Teach for Armenia in their education mission," Ekaterina shared. "The challenge is not putting in budget numbers but designing flexible framework for financial management where the growing team understands control and prioritization principles. Collaboration with Credit Suisse colleagues (GCP participants) and on-the-ground flexibility to adjust to the needs of the Teach for Armenia office played an important role in making my experience worthwhile.”
Ekaterina is one of 12 Credit Suisse Global Citizens volunteers who supported Teach For All and its partners in 2016. Other GCP projects have included providing guidance for improving Enseña por Colombia’s data collection system, helping Teach For Ghana to develop their organizational and finance and operations strategies, creating a suite of resources on performance management, and supporting Enseñá por Argentina staff members in building their project management skills.
Teach For All thanks Credit Suisse and its employee volunteers for their support, talent, and commitment to the network’s shared vision of a world where all children can fulfill their potential. We look forward to continuing the Global Citizens partnership and to many more fruitful projects in 2017 and beyond.
Learn more about the Global Citizens Program.