Juliet Bungoni

What is your role?

Head of HR and Operations

What made you decide to work for On Call Africa?

I have largely worked in the corporate world and I wanted an opportunity to work with communities in Zambia while still being able to apply my professional skills. I believe in OCA’s mission which resonates with me and I see that I still have an opportunity to learn new skills and impact lives in a different way.

What were you doing before you joined On Call Africa?

I was studying for a Diploma with Rhema Bible Training Centre Zambia which I complete later this year in November and I had a couple of HR consultancy projects running.

Why should someone give up their time to volunteer for On Call Africa?

It’s a good way to give back.

What’s your biggest challenge for the year ahead?

On the personal front, the biggest challenge for the year ahead will be adjusting to a new town, culture, social network, managing a long-distance marriage and maintaining two homes!

On the work front, the biggest challenge will be learning what humanitarian work is all about, bonding with new colleagues, ensuring that the HR and Operations function is well set up and that Staff are informed/sensitised on HR matters, adding value to OCA mission and vision and living up to expectations!

Tell me something about you that no one knows

I identify with the crab and the butterfly as reflections of my nature and symbol of hope. I am actually very shy and not as confident as people think I am – I’ve just learned over the years to mask it well and take a deep breath!

Have you got any tips on Zambia for future volunteers?

Know your personal “why” for volunteering and do your part with excellence.

Remember that people receiving aid should always be treated with respect and dignity.

You can make a difference

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my day-to-day free time, I love being in my home, in my garden, in my kitchen…binging on Netflix if I’m alone. I love a beautiful, peaceful, welcoming home that is a sanctuary for me, my husband, my family and close friends no matter how chaotic things may be ‘out there’.

In my longer free time, I love to experience new places and travel.

Why should we support On Call Africa?
There are a lot of communities in need which can be supported through OCA’s mission