School playground, Sierra Leone

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

There are many different roles that Street Child international volunteers take on. These vary depending on the country that you decide to apply for and the needs on the ground. We encourage everyone interested to get in touch and we can discuss in more details your interests and experience and talk you through the current opportunities.

WHEN CAN I START?

We are very flexible, our international volunteer roles run throughout the year!

HOW LONG DOES THE APPLICATION TAKE?

The application typically takes a few weeks. However, this will be dependent on the role and your availability. 

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME?

There is not a fee for joining the Street Child volunteering programme. However all roles are self funded and you will need to cover your return flights, vaccinations, meals, travel insurance and visa. You will also pay a daily rate to Street Child which covers accommodation, airport transfers and work related in-country travel. The daily rate varies dependent by country but is typically £7-£10 per day.

WHAT WILL MY FUNDRAISING TARGET BE?

We have a minimum fundraising ask of £1,000. For those looking to work in the third sector, fundraising is a great skill to have. It is also a really great way to get family and friends involved with your trip!

AM I QUALIFIED?

We have a variety of roles available and aim to facilitate different levels of qualifications. However, at the same time some of our roles require a specific skill set and some technical knowledge, including an interest in international development. Overall, Street Child prioritises personal attributes and character.

ACCOMMODATION

Street Child provides accommodation at a fixed daily rate (see next FAQ) for volunteers.

WHAT IS A DAILY RATE? WHAT DOES IT COVER?

The daily rate is a fixed cost that as a volunteer you pay to Street Child. It covers accommodation, airport transfers and work related in-country travel. The daily rate varies by country but is typically £7-£10 per day.

CAN I GO WITH FRIENDS?

Yes! We do our best to accommodate groups - this however depends on what skills you can bring to the table!

CAN I TAKE TIME OFF & TRAVEL?

Yes, absolutely.  We fully encourage you to make the most of weekends and explore the incredible culture and society of Africa and South Asia! If you are keen to take more than a weekend off to travel then we encourage volunteers to ensure they have an extra week at the end of their placement to do so.

INSURANCE

Volunteers are required to cover their own insurance (travel, health, belongings, etc.)

HEALTH & VACCINATIONS

Volunteers are required to cover their own vaccinations. We will advise you on vaccinations you will need to get before you travel.

HOW DO I FUNDRAISE?

Up to you! There are many different ways that you can fundraise. It is a brilliant opportunity to be involved in something worthwhile, contributing to Street Child’s ongoing development. You will be assigned a fundraising mentor, who can assist you with the process, so do not worry if you have not fundraised before!

WHERE DOES THE MONEY I FUNDRAISE GO?

Everything fundraised by our volunteers goes towards Street Child's programmes and is spent on a needs basis. This is a great way for us to support our programmes on the ground as well as for advocacy.

WHAT DO I GET OUT OF IT?

Volunteering in some of the poorest countries in the world is a unique chance to work in a fascinating environment, hone your skills and gain first-hand experience in international development. If you are keen to work in international development, our roles could help enhance your CV. Through hard work you will become a valued member and supporter of Street Child.

DO I ACTUALLY MAKE AN IMPACT?

Yes! The day-to-day tasks will support our in-country projects and ultimately help us achieve our long-term goals.

WHO WILL I BE WORKING WITH?

You will be working closely with Street Child’s in-country team. A line manager will be assigned to you who monitor your progress. Other volunteers will be around - perhaps working on different projects - with whom you can work and travel.