VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY OVERSEAS Over recent years the Stirling Volunteer Centre has received growing interest in volunteering overseas. In response to this we have produced this booklet as a starting point to help you find an opportunity to suit you. When planning your placement abroad, the following steps may be useful:- Step 1 Research into the opportunities on offer, using books, the internet and careers/volunteering advisers to help you (see sources of information below) Step 2 Make contact with several agencies which seem to be of interest and gain further information from them and from speaking to careers/volunteering advisers. It may also be useful to speak to someone who has experience of volunteering abroad. (See also www.workingabroad.com, which includes volunteer feedback stories). Step 3 Decide on the opportunity which suits you best, making sure you know all that is involved in terms of skill/age requirements, duration, accommodation, visas, vaccinations, insurance, travel arrangements, UK training/briefing, funding required, whether fundraising will be necessary, etc. The process from initial contact with the agency of your choice to taking up a placement can often take several months, so allow yourself time for this. SOURCES OF INFORMATION There a large number of agencies in Britain which place volunteers abroad on work projects, both short and long term, and thorough research and advanced planning will help to ensure that your placement abroad goes well. Below are a list of useful books and internet websites, which will give you access to the agencies which might be of interest to you. The Volunteer Centre also has a resource library with up-to-date information on opportunities and staff who can offer information and advice on the opportunity best suited to your needs. Contact: The Volunteer Centre, 15 Friars Street, Stirling FK8 1HA, Tel: (01786) 446071, email firstname.lastname@example.org. LITERATURE The following books are a good source of information, and should be available in public libraries, careers libraries, bookshops or directly from the publisher. International Directory of Voluntary Work Ed: Victoria Pybus, £10.99 (2000) Vacation Work, 9 Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HJ. Tel: 01865 241978. Website: www.vacationwork.co.uk A thorough guide to short-term and long-term voluntary work overseas, with a section on the agencies that operate within the major global regions. Details whether agencies provide for travel, accommodation, expenses etc. Also explains age and skill requirements. Directory of Work & Study in Developing Countries Toby Milner, £9.99 (3 rd edition) Ed Victoria Pybus A handbook on opportunities in over 400 organisations in over 100 countries. Finding Voluntary Work Abroad Mark Hempshell, £9.99 (1999) How to Books Ltd, 3 Newtec Place, Magdalene Road, Oxford OX4 1RE. Tel: 01865 793806. Website: www.howtobooks.co.uk email: email@example.com A beginner’s guide to doing voluntary work overseas. Thinking About Volunteering Overseas Volunteering and Overseas Development: A Guide to Opportunities Both produced by: Returned Volunteer Action (RVA), 1 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1TH. Tel: 020 7278 0804 RVA is an organisation for serving and returned overseas development workers. It gives returned volunteers the opportunity to share their experiences with those considering overseas voluntary work A Year Between: The Complete Guide to Taking a Gap Year Central Bureau, 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN Tel: 020 7389 4004 Website: www.britishcouncil.org/cbeve A directory and guidebook for people considering a gap year after school, college or university. 1999. £9.99. Kibbutz Volunteer Ed. Victoria Pybus. £10.99. A guide listing full details of 200 Kibbutzim. The Internet www.timebank.org.uk Overseas Directory This is a free online directory of organisations looking for volunteers to work abroad. Opportunities are categorised by level of skill required and it is possible to search by duration (from a couple of weeks to several years). www.gapyear.com provides information on relevant agencies for gap year activities www.peridot.co.uk will take you to the ‘Gap Year Handbook’ which includes a section on volunteering abroad www.oneworld.org has a short list of voluntary opportunities overseas. www.idealist.org has some general information about volunteering overseas www.workingabroad.com hosts information about organisations recruiting volunteers and has previous volunteer feedback stories www.ciee.org The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) also provides information about short term jobs abroad, internships (stages), international university information to students and recent graduates Below are specific agencies’ websites which may be of interest:- http:europa.eu.int/youth has a lot of information about volunteering in Europe Volunteering websites AVIVA 23 Sandpiper Crescent, Table View 7441, Cape Town, South Africa Head Office: +27 21 557 5996 Duty Mobile: +27 83 554 2431 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: www.aviva-sa.com What: Wildlife and community projects (e.g. game reserve development, animal rehabilitation, township orphanage, surf school, etc.) Where: South Africa Duration: 4 weeks to 6 months Requirements Age: 16+ Other: BESO British Executive Services Overseas, 164 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2RB. Tel: + 44 (0)20 7630 0644 Fax: 020 7630 0624 email: email@example.com web site: www.beso.org What: Executive projects Where: Countries with developing economies Duration: 2 weeks to 6 months Requirements: Professional, financial, technical, managerial experience Other: Travel, accommodation and living expenses provided Biosphere Expeditions Sprat's Water, near Carlton Colville, The Broads National Park, Suffolk NR33 8BP Tel: +44 (0)1502-583085, Fax: +44 (0)1502-587414 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.biosphere-expeditions.org What: Non-profit conservation expeditions, working with local scientists Where: Various Duration: 2 weeks to several months Requirements: No special skills required, no age limits Other: Supported by expedition leader from Biosphere Expeditions BTCV International Conservation Holidays email:email@example.com website: www.btcv.org What: Conservation and environmental projects Where: Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia Duration: Varies Requirements: No special skills needed Other: Fee chargeable £100-£900 incl accommodation and food BUNAC 16 Bowling Green Lane London EC1R 0QH Tel: 020 7251 3472 Fax:020 7251 0215 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org web site: www.bunac.orguk/ What: Placements for young people in various countries Where: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, South Africa, Costa Rica, Peru Duration: 3 months – 1 yr Requirements: 18 - 35 Other: Costs vary Canary Nature/Alantic Whale Foundation 59 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4JS e-mail: email@example.com web: www.whalefoundation.org.uk What: volunteer and eco-tourism programmes, Projects in marine biology pollution and conservation (whale, dolphin programmes) Where: Tenerife Duration: Min. 1 week Requirements: Max age 30 Other: Cost £75pw with a price of £400 for 6 weeks. Accommodation & food extra Challenges Worldwide 13 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5BA Tel: 0845 2000 342 email firstname.lastname@example.org. Website /www.challengesworldwide.com/ What: Projects in human development, poverty alleviation, environment Where: Antigua, Bangladesh, Belize, Dominica, Ecuador and Tasmania Duration: 3 months+ Requirements: Skills: e.g. marketing, project management, design, engineering, rural development, social/care work, business planning and training. Suitable for anyone from students to experienced professionals Other: Volunteers must raise a minimum Placement Contribution Concordia (Youth Service Volunteers) Ltd. Heversham House, 20-22 Boundary Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4ET Tel: +44 (0)1273 422218website: www.concordia-iye.org.uk What: Community-based projects incl. Conservation, restoration, archaeology, construction, arts & culture, working with young people or people with special needs. Committed to international youth exchange. Where: Over 40 countries Duration: 2-4 weeks Requirements: Age: 16-30 Other: Registration fee of £80-115 + travel expenses Changing Worlds Ltd Hodore Farm, Hartfield, East Sussex TN7 4AR Tel: 01892 770 000 e-mail: email@example.com web site: www.changingworlds.co.uk/ What: Hotel and farm work Where: Canada, India, Tanzania, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Argentina Duration: Requirements: Other: Skiing opportunities in Canada. In-country agent & UK back-up Concern 40 St Enoch Sq, Glasgow G1 4DH Tel 0141-221-3610 website: www.concern.net/ What: Projects to help advancement of people in less developed countries Opps for teachers, nurses, accountants, mechanics, social workers, agriculturalists and other skilled workers Where: 21 different countries Duration: Usually 2 years, some shorter term projects Requirements: 21+, usually some post qualification experience required Other: Travel, food, accommodation, monthly allowance, medicals & insurance provided for Council on International Educational Exchange (UK Contact) IST Plus Ltd Rosedale House, Rosedale Road, Richmond Surrey TW9 2SZ Tel: 020 8939 9057 Fax: 020 8332 7858 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org web site: www.istplus.com What: Work, study, teaching and study placements Where: Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia, China, etc. Duration: Varies Requirements: Other: Fees vary Cross Cultural Solutions Tower Point 44, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YR website: www.crossculturalsolutions.org e-mail: email@example.com What: Work with locals on locally designed and driven projects. Where: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Russia, Thailand and Tanzania. Duration: 2-12 weeks Requirements: Other: Fees start at approx £1200. Gap Activity Projects (GAP) Limited GAP House, 44 Queens Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4BB Tel: 01189 594914 Fax:01189 576634 email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.gap.org.uk What: Teaching English, care work and conservation Where: 30+ countries Duration: 4-12 months Requirements: Aimed at school leavers Other: Costs from £1000 + air travel. Accommodation & food provided Greenforce 11-15 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BP Tel: 020 7470 8888 e-mail: email@example.com web site: www.greenforce.org/ What: Conservation projects Where: Various countries Duration: 1-6 months Requirements: No experience required Other: Global Vision International Amwell Farmhouse, Normansland, Wheathampstead, St Albans Herts AL4 8EJ Tel: 0870 608-8898 web site: www.gvi.co.uk What: Working for international charities Where: S Africa, Honduras, Nepal, Alaska. Duration: Varies Requirements: Other: Training provided IAEA/Agriventure Speedwell Farm Bungalow, Nettle Bank, Cambridgeshire PE14 0SA Tel: 01945 450999 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site:www.agriventure.com/ukcontact.asp What: Agricultural exchanges Where: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA or Japan Duration: 4 months to over a year Requirements: Other: Fees vary Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE-UK) Latin America House, Kingsgate Place, London, NW6 4TA tel: 0870 774 3486 fax: 020 7916 1246 e-mail: email@example.com website: www.icye.co.uk What: Placements to help local communities (e.g. drug rehabilitation, human rights, street children) To promote peace and cultural understanding Where: 25 different countries Duration: Lasts July-September Requirements: Age 18-30 Other: International Service Suite 3A, Hunter House, 57 Goodramgate, York YO1 7FX Tel: 01904 647799 Fax: 01904 65 23 53 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org web site: www.internationalservice.org.uk What: Health and engineering professionals Where: West Africa, Latin America and the Middle East Duration: 2-3 yr placements Requirements: Must be qualified Other: International Voluntary Service IVS-GB Scotland, 7 Upper Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JN, Tel: 0131-226-6722 Email Scotland@ivs-gb.org.uk What: Projects for sustainable development of local and global communities, working for peace and greater understanding Where: World wide Duration: 2 –4 weeks; also longer term: 3-12 months Requirements: 18+ (for projects abroad); no specific skills/qualifications required Other: Membership+Reg. Fees charged (£120-145); food & accommodation provided. International Volunteer Program web site: www.ivpsf.org What: Social justice, arts and culture, the environment Where: California, Costa Rica, Spain France Duration: 6 week placements Requirements: Assignments chosen to match volunteer’s skills Other: Admin fee for accommodation. Placement support & training provided i-to-i Woodside House, 261 Low Lane, Leeds, LS18 5NY, UK Tel: +44 (0) 870 333 2332 Fax: +44 (0) 113 242 2171 email: email@example.com web: www.i-to-i.com What: Teach English, conservation, medical, health, building and care work Where: 19 different countries Duration: 4 – 24 weeks Requirements: Age 17-70 Other: 14 day First Challenge expedition in Morocco Médecins Sans Frontiéres 67-74 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QX Tel:020 7404 6600 Fax: 020 7404 4466 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web site: www.msf.org/ What: All types of medical professionals, Also, administrators, engineers & accountants Where: In 70+ different countries Duration: Varies (3 months to 1 year Requirements: Must be qualified, previous experience advantageous Other: Selection process Peace Brigades International The Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, London N1 tel/fax: 020 7324 4628 email: email@example.com web site: www.peacebrigades.org What: Work in defence of human rights and peace, lobbying work, supporting threatened people/organisations. Where: Columbia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal Duration: Various Requirements: 25 years old +, Spanish an advantage in Latin America Other: Training provided, most costs covered by PBI Project Trust The Hebridean Centre, Isle of Coll, Argyll, PA78 6TE Tel: 01879 230444 Fax: 01879 230357 email:firstname.lastname@example.org web site: www.projecttrust.org.uk/ What: Social work, teaching, outdoors activities and community development Where: 25+ countries outside of Europe Duration: 1 year Requirements: 17-19 yr olds, in full time education Other: Living expenses provided, fundraising required Raleigh International Raleigh House, 27 Parsons Green Lane, London SW6 4HZ Tel: 020 7371 8585 Fax: 020 7371 5852 email: email@example.com web site: www.raleigh.org.uk/ What: Community and environmental projects Where: Various countries Duration: 3 months Requirements: Age 17-25, also 26+ to staff expeditions Other: Fundraising support given Skillshare International 126 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7JA Tel: 0116 254 1862 Fax: 0116 254 2614 website: www.skillshare.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org What: Qualified business/engineering professionals Where: in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland Duration: 1 – 2 yrs Requirements: Must be qualified, 2 years experience Other: Students Partnership World-wide 2nd Floor, Faith House, No 7 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QB Tel: 020 7222 0138 Fax: 020 7233 0008 web site: www.spw.orge-mail: email@example.com What: Health education and environment programmes in schools and communities Where: South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, India and Nepal Duration: 4-9 months Requirements: 18 – 28 yrs old Other: Local support provided Teaching & Projects Abroad Aldsworth Parade, Goring, Sussex BN12 4T Tel: +44 (0)1903 708300 Fax: +44 (0)1903 785779 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web-site: www.teaching-abroad.co.uk What: Teaching English, projects in care & community, conservation, journalism, business and many other professions Where: South America, Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. Duration: 1 month to 1 year Requirements: TEFL not required Other: All ages & abilities Trekforce Expeditions Naldred Farm Offices, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex. RH16 1XR Tel 01444-474123 e-mail: email@example.com site: www.trekforce.org.uk/ What: Conservation, community and scientific expeditions Where: Central and South America, South East Asia Duration: 8-20 weeks Requirements: Fundraising required Other: Advice given UNA Exchange Temple of Peace, Cathays Park,Cardiff CF10 3AP Tel: +44(0)29 2022 3088Fax: +44(0)29 2066 5557 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org site: www.unaexchange.org/ What: Work on projects hosted locally, e.g. conservation, social, arts, etc Where: 50+ countries Duration: 2-3 weeks Requirements: Other: Pay travel expenses + project fees (around £140), food & accommodation provided UNIPAL BCM UNIPAL, LondonWC1N 3XX Tel/Fax: +44(0)20 8299 1132 web site: www.unipal.org.uk/ What: Teaching in Palestinian Refugee camps (mainly English to children) Where: Palestinian Refugee camps Duration: 4-5 weeks July/August Requirements: Teaching experience/qualifications an advantage but not essential Other: £500 to cover travel + insurance, food and accommodation provided United Nations Volunteers Apply throughVSO (Voluntary Services Overseas), please mark UNV 317 Putney Bridge Road London SW15 2PN Tel: 020 8780 7200 Fax: 020 8780 7300 website: www.vso.org.uk What: Supporting sustainable human development globally Where: Various Duration: 2 years, some shorter term projects Requirements: Qualifications & Experience required Other: Apply through VSO VentureCo Worldwide The Ironyard 64-66 The Market Place Warwick CV34 4SD Tel: 01926 651 071 e-mail: email@example.com web site: www.ventureco-worldwide.com/ What: Voluntary project and expeditions, learn Spanish, work with children, conservation project Where: Various countries incl Africa, S America, Asia, India & Nepal, Galapagos Duration: 4 months Requirements: Other: Gap year VolunteerAfrica PO Box 24, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1ZW, UK Website: www.volunteerafrica.org What: Working with locals to build a community resource (e.g. school, health centre) Where: Tanzania Duration: 4 weeks/7 weeks/10 weeks Requirements: 18+ Other: Costs vary e.g. £450 for 4 week programme + travel. Support provided expedition in Morocco 2-9 months on a Gap Challenge placement in Costa Rica or Tanzania to a VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas) 317 Putney Bridge Road, London SW15 2PN Tel: 020 8780 7200 Fax: 020 8780 7300 website: www.vso.org.uk What: Education, health, business and social development, technical Where: 60+ developing countries worldwide Duration: 2 years (1 yr within developing world and Eastern Europe) Requirements: Age 17-68 Relevant qualifications required, experience an advantage Other: Travel and living allowance provided Youth Action for Peace UK Tel: 08701 657 927 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.yap-uk.org What: Work camps, international group projects, work towards human justice and peace through support of cultural, socio-economic and political freedom Where: 50 national partnership organisations Duration: 3 weeks Requirements: Unskilled, 18+ (min 15) Other: £110-150 membership fee incl food & accommodation World Challenge Expeditions Black Arrow House, 2 Chandos Road London NW10 6NF Tel: 020 8728 7200Fax: 020 8961 1551 e-mail: email@example.com site: www.world-challenge.co.uk What: Conservation and teaching projects Where: 12 different countries, incl. Tanzania, Morocco, Costa Rico Duration: 2-9 months, or shorter 2 week projects Requirements: Gap challenges for 17-24 year olds Other: months on a Gap Challenge placement in Costa Rica or Tanzania to a 14 day First Challenge WORLDWIDE VOLUNTEERING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 7 North Street Workshops Stoke sub Hamdon Somerset TA14 6QR Tel: 01935 825588 Fax: 01935 825775 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.wwv.org.uk What: Database of volunteer opportunities in UK and abroad Where: Worldwide Duration: Varies Requirements: Age 14+ Other: VOLUNTEERING ORGANISATION NETWORKS The following organisations are volunteering networks and are very useful for checking any individual volunteering organisations you are interested in:- http://www.alliance-network.org [EN] Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations This alliance represents national organisations running international voluntary service projects. http://www.avso.org [EN] Association of Voluntary Service Organisations Provides information on all the member organisations dealing with voluntary service programmes in Europe. http://www.cev.be/index.htm [EN][FR] European Volunteer Centre European umbrella organisation of National and Regional Volunteer Centres across Europe, providing information on developments within the EU. http://www.volunteer.org.nz/ [EN] Global Volunteer Network Volunteer positions available through its partner organisations in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Romania, Russia, Thailand and Uganda.