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We send both qualified professionals and recent graduates (although it is not necessary to have a degree to volunteer). Some projects require professional qualifications. All volunteers must show enthusiasm, initiative, openness and commitment and be able to adapt easily to different cultures and ways of living.
Most of the placements we offer involve teaching (primary, secondary, language classes etc), youth work, community work or nursing. However, through our sister organisations, we are often able to find projects that match other skills and talents that volunteers have to offer.
You will have one or more of these to offer:
and all of these:
We ask that volunteers commit to volunteer for one full year (academic or calendar) and this can be renewed for a second year if all parties agree.
The volunteer coordinator will meet with each volunteer to discuss placements. When choosing placements, we look at the preferences of each volunteer, their skills, talents & experience as well as the demands & needs of the receiving communities.
We organise a training programme before departure which will help the volunteer adjust to the culture, economic situation and living conditions and give them tools to cope.
Volunteers are expected to find information for themselves about the history, politics, religious background and current events of the specific country they will go to from books or internet sites, as this is not given in training, though they will be able to talk with someone who has been to their country of service. For more information go to Preparation and Training.
In most circumstances volunteers will live together in volunteer houses which are often international. In some cases you may live with or alongside an Assumption Community.
Some placements do require knowledge of the local language (for example French for Rwanda, Spanish for Chaparral, USA and Portuguese for Brazil). English however is widely spoken and understood in Tanzania and the Philippines.
You will be asked to contribute £750 if going overseas. This will go towards the cost of your training courses, return flights, travel and health insurance, board and lodging, personal allowance and a small resettlement grant. We can help you with ideas for fundraising.
For UK projects we don't ask for a contribution; we provide training, travel to the project, board and lodging and a personal allowance but there is no resettlement grant.