We run so many different projects in countries all around the world. It’s sometimes hard to weigh up the options and make a decision on your own from behind your computer screen. Our Project Experts are there to help you find your perfect project. You can contact them to chat about your specific interests, skills, and qualifications. Since they are constantly in touch with our local staff in our destinations, they’ll be able to match you to a project that suits both your needs and the placement’s needs.
With this in mind, if you don’t have any particular qualifications or expertise, Project Experts will know which projects will benefit from your support. Remember, for most of our projects, no experience is needed to volunteer overseas.
“A mum recently contacted us on behalf of her son, who was taking a gap year and looking to do some worthwhile volunteer work. She happened to mention that as part of their travels as a family, they’d seen African wild dogs on safari. She told me how much her son loved them, that he had a real passion for them, and was so interested in learning about them.
“It was perfect timing, because our camera traps at the Conservation Project in Botswana had just picked up footage of a pack of wild dogs. I mentioned this to her and explained what else the project in Botswana involves. She instantly said how perfect it would be for him. Living in the bush, working to protect animals he loved, and being in Africa sounded great.
“It was so nice to be able to find a project that matched a genuine interest the volunteer had outside of any career or education prospects. I know how much the Botswana Project needs volunteers as well. In fact, it’s at the top of my list of projects I would go to if I had the chance, so it felt great to be able to match a passionate volunteer with a brilliant project!” – Bessie Richards, Senior Projects Expert
Even though our Project Experts work hard to match you to your perfect project, there’s still room for flexibility once you’ve started your project. If you join a project and feel uncomfortable, unsure, or like you aren’t contributing as much as you could be, you’re welcome to chat to our staff.
One of the benefits of having in-country staff supporting you throughout your placement is that you can immediately come to them with your concerns. Our local staff know our sustainable project goals by heart, so they can easily adjust your role while still making sure you’re contributing to long-term impact.
“During their induction, a Teaching volunteer interested in a specific subject, such as mathematics, will first be introduced to their placement supervisor. Their supervisor will introduce the volunteer to the local teacher who teaches that subject. The volunteer will work together with the local teacher during class hours as well as during lesson preparation for classes.” – Robert Porokwa, Teaching Project Coordinator in Tanzania