Commonwealth Alumni Mentoring Plan (CAMP) is a project, to be piloted in West/Southern Africa, which creates a region-wide virtual network of Commonwealth Alumni actively mentoring newly awarded scholars/fellows and entrants to the alumni network. Project CAMP pairs scholars/fellows with Alumni in similar fields/institutions in order to support them in adjusting to life in the UK while on-award, and/or guide them to resources for their work on return to their home countries. Broadly, Project CAMP will assist new scholars and fellows to better understand the intricacies of being a Commonwealth scholar/fellow while they strive to achieve their personal and professional goals.
Project CAMP aims to:
Support Scholars/Fellows in settling and adjusting to life in the UK
Provide mentorship for skills development and employability of the scholars/fellows
Foster meaningful relationships among Commonwealth Alumni, Scholars and Fellows
Create awareness of and promote Alumni associations among new Scholars and Fellows.
Support the Alumni associations by increasing the involvement of alumni in the achievement of their overall objectives
To promote and increase awareness of Commonwealth conventional, shared scholarship and fellowship scheme to relevant stakeholders and the public.
Pairing of mentors and mentees may be done across international boundaries depending on the scholar's needs and alumni availability. That means that a Ghanaian scholar may be linked to a Nigerian alumnus who shares the same academic discipline or alma mater etc. One alumni mentor may have more than one mentee depending on their ability to manage the responsibility. This will create a platform for alumni associations or groups to share information and experiences across Commonwealth countries, possibly establishing alumni exchange programmes for transferring knowledge and technology for development.