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Get Involved

Make your impact.

Street Child’s volunteer programmes are designed to give skilled volunteers the opportunity to make a lasting and meaningful difference to the lives of some of the world's most vulnerable children.

Build your career.

Just out of university, making a career change or looking to build up your creative portfolio? As a Street Child Volunteer, you will be getting stuck into real development work and gaining a wealth of skills and experiences along the way.

Join the adventure.

Working directly with local Street Child staff, you'll learn as much as you give, you'll meet people you'll never forget and have an adventure that will leave a positive footprint long-term.

 
 

Our Volunteer Ethos

From practically preparing for a trip to carrying out work on the ground, our volunteers are accountable for their own contribution and experience. Humility, collaboration and openness are key to getting the most out of your experience and for making the greatest impact.

 

Sustainable Impact

Brick factory school, Nepal

Sustainability sits at the heart of everything we do. It is important that all our volunteers contribute in a useful and meaningful way.

We steer away from ‘voluntourism’ and the negative implications this can bring with it. There is a real need for your support on our projects, and so we will work to match your skills and interests to where you can have maximum impact. This might be boosting the capacity of our local partners in Uganda, capturing compelling content from across Sierra Leone for our communications, or supporting the team on research in Nepal.

Our volunteers provide support to our programmes on a needs basis, so they can make a long term and positive impact on our international projects.

We are selective about those accepted to undertake our volunteer roles, which are created to meet specific needs on the ground.

 Responsibility

Filmmaking in rural Nepal

From practically preparing for a trip, to carrying out work on the ground, our volunteers are accountable for their own contribution and experience. You get out what you put in, and so proactivity is key.

This is your chance to gain practical experience in the field and build your career by working within an internationally acclaimed organisation. You will be discovering a new and challenging working environment, learning from our local and international teams, and gaining an in depth insight into our Street Child’s work.

We have a variety of opportunities available for volunteers with different skillsets: programmes, communications, enterprise & teacher training. If you would like to try your hand at a new area, we welcome support across all areas, and so you can get stuck into other areas alongside your chosen role.

Collaboration

Making dinner, Liberia

Volunteers work closely alongside our local and international teams to support where needed, and boost capacity to get the work done. Our most successful volunteers are those who come with an open mind and a proactive attitude to get stuck in.

You will be working on our programmes in a supportive role, and so you are expected to show utmost respect for the knowledge and experience of our teams on the ground. This is an opportunity to learn directly from those who are experts in their field, and who have local insight into the context you will be working in.

Living conditions will be basic, and you will be thrown into a entirely different culture from your own. You will quickly get to know the country and its people, living in one of the main Street Child bases and often travelling to different regions. These roads can be bumpy, to say the least, so buckle up, and join the Street Child adventure…


 

Life In the Field.

 

We support you from the moment you decide to volunteer until you return home. Our teams in the UK and in-country are on hand to help with all the nitty gritty before you go and with endless advice and guidance while you are on the ground. We will make sure your airport pick-up is arranged to take you straight from the airport to your accommodation, and we will give you a pre-departure induction, as well as a more thorough in-country orientation and security briefing upon arrival.

In each country you will primarily live and work in a Street Child volunteer hub, with the potential for trips into the field for work such as data collection, producing communications content or conducting interviews. Your in-country Programmes Support Coordinator will be your line manager and main point of contact to support you during your placement.

In the evenings, volunteers often head into the local town to sample the restaurants and night life. For nights in, there is the option to chill in the hammock, get some games going, or watch a movie after cooking a feast over the camping stove.

At the weekend you are free to roam and discover the country. In Sierra Leone our volunteers often head off for 2 nights spent in a tent on the beautiful white sand beaches, while in Nepal there are endless sights in the capital Kathmandu, or treks and other adventures to take further afield. You can also travel to areas where other Street Child volunteers are based to see what they are up to and find out more about Street Child’s various projects.

Team moped trip, Sierra Leone
Alyssa and teachers at Santhiveli preschool, Sri Lanka
 
Relaxing at Bureh Beach, Sierra Leone
Kathmandu temple visits, Nepal
Evening chess match in Makeni, Sierra Leone
Football with the local kids, Sierra Leone