Summary of a Keynote Speaker Essay

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless. ”  ~Sherry Anderson (Volunteer Appreciation Quotes…). These exact words can be used when describing the life of Alice Mikolyzk. There simply is not a better way to depict her as a volunteer and an intern, except for labeling her as “priceless. ” As a theology student and a graduate of Fordham University in New York, Alice Mikolyzk, a Kulika Uganda (a charity in Uganda established to aide those in need) intern, stayed in Uganda for three months and made it her mission to help those in need.

Mikolyzk shared some of her experiences as an intern for Kulika Uganda, while lecturing students of Loyola University Chicago on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 8:30-9:45a. m. in the Simpson Multi-Purpose room. “Kulika is a charity based in Uganda committed to improving the livelihoods of those most in need through community development and education” (Kulika: Community…). Kulika also specializes in the provision of educational scholarships for East African students (Kulika: Community…). “Kulika was founded in 1981 by chief executive, Elijah Kyamuwendo, whom in Mikolyzk’s words, “is a great man” (Mikolyzk)! Kulika’s mission is to support community development initiatives and train future farmers to become trainees” (Mikolyzk). Mikolyzk informed the students about four major projects that associate with Kulika, which are CADeP, Kaberamaido, Kamuli, and Nakasongola. “CADeP abbreviates for community agricultural development program and is a program that trains religious communities from all over Uganda in the art of sustainable organic agriculture” (Kulika: Community…). “Currently there are 13 men and women religiously trained since 2005 and 22 districts involved” (Mikolyzk).

Kaberamaido focuses on women and supports those that “have suffered over 2 decades of insecurity through knowledge ;amp; skills in Sustainable Organic Agriculture ;amp; income generating agriculture” (Kulika: Community). “There are now 64 official trainees since 2006” (Mikolyzk). Kamuli Coffee makes coffee farming sustainable and socially equal by assisting smallholder growers (Mikolyzk). “Kamuli works with 3512 smallholder coffee farmers to ensure they get fair prices for the certifiably delicious coffee beans” (Kulika: Community).

Mikolyzk speaks of these four major projects to simply explain the purpose behind Kulika and to identify the different types of projects they are associated with throughout the year. Through the information Mikolyzk attempts to get prospective beneficiaries interested in the works of Kulika. From the overall presentation I was able to attain knowledge about an organization that I had not heard of before. Kulika Uganda has an extraordinarily concept and one that many organizations do not have. The organization is not just providing the needy with money to help, but instead is keeping it a goal to teach those in need to earn and live.

The leadership role played by Mikolyzk and many of the volunteers is helping Kulika to reach this goal every day. Mikolyzk showed that in order to help those in need, being paid is not always a necessary component. The feeling of having helped many find their means of earning food and the ability to run a household, overpowers the benefit of volunteering and not being paid. Having Mikolyzk share her experiences as a volunteer in Uganda, showed me that help is needed all over the world and not only in our native country.

By merely providing a person in need with money is not going to fill their stomach, but by making it an effort to educate them on how to earn, will simply benefit them now and for the future. Alice Mikolyzk was an impressive speaker, who truly knew how to present her ideas. The enthusiasm in her voice helped to depict her excitement about the organization and helped listeners to engage in the presentation. The tone of diction used by Mikolyzk also helped to represent the confidence she had in herself and the presentation. From the way she delivered her lecture, it seemed as if she had been speaking in public for a long time.

She spoke with such confidence and dedication that persuaded us as listeners to jump into her bandwagon and truly learn something by volunteering our time to Kulika. Alice Mikolyzk was a confident, enthusiastic, and a strong presenter. The use of her confidence and enthusiasm was heard in the diction of her speech, allowing spectators to grasp onto information provided by her. Her confidence was portrayed by the way she didn’t acknowledge the PowerPoint when speaking and instead met eyes with the audience. Her posture of standing up straight at the podium and the way she was poised added to her confidence towards the presentation.

Mikolyzk presented her ideas by adding stories about her time in Uganda, which added to the excitement of the presentation. The pictures included in the slideshow added to the presentation for many of the spectators by being able to get a glimpse of life in Uganda and life as a member of Kulika Uganda. Her presentation allowed all types of learners such as visual, auditor, and kinesthetic to engage in the lecture. Not only by being able to see and hear the presentation, but also by getting an opportunity to be active and ask questions.

Alice Mikolyzk presented her ideas and thoughts about Kulika Uganda clearly and confidently, adding to her overall presentation as a whole.

Work Cited Kulika: Community Development and Education in Uganda. Web. 24 Sept. 2010. ;lt;http://www. kulika. org/;gt;. Mikolyzk, Alice. “Kulika Uganda. ” Communities in Conversation. Simpson Multipurpose Room, Chicago. 23 Sept. 2010. Lecture. “Volunteer Appreciation Quotes, Sayings of Thanks for Volunteering. ” The Quote Garden – Quotes, Sayings, Quotations, Verses. Web. 24 Sept. 2010. ;lt;http://www. quotegarden. com/volunteer-apprec. html;gt;.