Advanced Microsoft Excel Training Sessions

The Nonprofit needed a volunteer to train their staff to use the Microsoft Excel software. This would help them organize, analyze and track their data more efficiently.
Vaidehi Kulkarni
Pune, India

Data analyst at Deutsche Bank

The Project

The Excel training sessions were to help Mr. Ravikiran and his team develop excel skills and implement their learnings in their work for the smooth functioning of MITRA Foundation’s daily affairs. 

After the initial briefing, Vaidehi got straight to work. She noted that Mr. Ravikiran was very enthusiastic to learn and would make it a point to practice what he had learned. He would complete any prep work that was assigned to him by her before their next session. He was very punctual and no matter how busy his schedule was, he made sure he attended every session. 

Mr. Ravikiran’s will to learn was a highly motivating factor in the progress of the project. Vaidehi went above and beyond what was required of her, by curating extra course material that elaborated on technical terms. This course material was thorough enough for a learner at any level (beginner to advanced) to be able to follow. 



This project was completed during the pandemic which made it challenging to stay on schedule. The training required Vaidehi to start from the basics as Mr. Ravikiran didn’t come from a tech-savvy background. The course was intensive work for Mr. Ravikiran because he had to do a lot of groundwork before each session. Taking time off from his schedule to complete his assignments did pose a bit of a challenge. 

Another hurdle was language. English was the primary mode of communication but not ideal. Since Vaidehi is well versed in Mr. Ravikiran’s mother tongue (Marathi), she used to take the sessions in a mixture of both Marathi and English. The jargons and technical terms were a challenge when it came to translation. 


Mr. Ravikiran managed to pick up an entirely new skill in a span of two months. This will help him and his organization analyze and track their data in a systematic way. Excel sheets are a great and the most common way to record data in today’s times. These sheets can also be shared with the nonprofit’s partners, donors, and beneficiaries and will help them save a lot of manual updating time. 


“My experience with Chezuba was phenomenal. I got to learn a lot as a volunteer. I believe that everyone should constantly keep updating themselves and their existing knowledge and I do that. But, this experience made me go back to the grassroots level and start at the basics. To teach, I had to learn and that has in turn enhanced my knowledge of excel. Chezuba is a really good platform for volunteers. They are always quick to respond and very polite in their communication.”