The International Volunteer Project is a residential project usually lasting 2-4 weeks that brings together a group of people from different countries to volunteer on a community based project. Volunteers gain an insight into local culture through working within the community and learn from each other in the group.
No skills necessary, much more important are to be enthusiastic, have a good sense of humour and a flexible open minded attitude. You do not necessarily need any experience of the type of work you will be doing, but you should be motivated for it. Some projects may ask for volunteers with a particular skill, for example a language. This will be clearly written in the project description so you will know if the project is suitable before you apply.
If applying for a project in Africa, Asia or South/Central America, it is essential to join a North/South Preparation weekend -
Volunteers need to pay a Placement contribution to UNA Exchange at the application stage. Details will be given.
There are lots of ways you can use your experiences and skills from your project when you get back:-
Become a UNA Exchange Trainer
Help out in the UNA Exchange Office
Become more involved with UNA Exchange's Global Education Programme
Take part in Medium Term Volunteering project overseas for 2 - 4 months
Lead a project in Wales
Join an EVS (European Voluntary Service) project in Europe or further afield. These projects are usually for 18-30 year olds, are fully funded and last from 6-12 months
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Applicants need to fill in application form References must be provided a DBS is also required although most countries do have an age restriction of 18 there is increasing number of projects for 15-17 year old available now.