From the moment we receive your application, to when you return to the UK, you will have the support and advice of the Street Child team to guide you through your placement.
Regardless of background and experience, Street Child International Volunteering considers applicants from all walks of life, including students, graduates and professionals. We are selective about who gains a position on our programme and only place volunteers who we believe have clear potential to add value and thrive on the program. This is the best way for volunteers to gain the most from their time and to make a real impact to our work.
The application process includes an application form and interview with your volunteer coordinator, so we can match your skills to the right placement. The interview is also an opportunity for you to learn all you can about the programme prior to committing to your placement.
WE WILL SUPPORT YOU.
We will 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.
Volunteers must be prepared to live and work in basic conditions, and comfortable with travelling to remote project sites, sometime independently. You will be considered a valuable member of the team and so you will often be required to manage your own work plan, while reporting regularly to the team on your progress.
There is a fundraising commitment included with our placements, for which support will be provided by Street Child UK staff. These funds go towards Street Child’s global programmes to enable us to help even more children receive an education.
This is a self funded trip, which includes flights, visas, vaccinations, a fixed daily rate covering accommodation and any work related travel that ranges from £7 - £10 depending on which country you travel to and any additional costs such as food and leisure time while in-country. (Please note this is different for our Teachers Programme, check out the page to find out more.)
Whilst this is initially a voluntary role, for applicants with relevant experience who have the ability to add strategic value, there is potential to attain a more permanent position with the organisation.
Life in the Field.
While you are in-country, our international volunteer coordinator will be on hand to support you whenever you need. They will be the one to introduce you to the partners and projects, and the local area when you first arrive. If you need any advice on work-related matters or support from the wider Street Child network they are your first port of call. And if you need any help with personal matters or in an emergency they will always be there to assist. You will have regular in-formal reviews with your line manager to address any queries or questions and to ensure that you are being given the support you need to make the most of your time.
You will be travelling to some of the world’s most interesting and beautiful countries, and so we encourage all volunteers to go and explore and make the most out of their time in-country.
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.