Sierra Leone Marathon

Support Crew.

LOCATION: Makeni, Sierra Leone

DATES: March - June 2019

MARATHON WEEK: 20th - 26th May 2019

DURATION: 6 - 12 weeks (negotiable)

Sierra Leone support crew 2018


We are looking for adventurous individuals to take a front line role in delivering the legendary Sierra Leone Marathon 2019!

Dubbed “the world’s most worthwhile marathon” and Street Child’s flagship fundraising event, it has raised over £1.4 million to support children into school. On Sunday 26th May 2019 we will host the eighth annual Sierra Leone Marathon and we want you to be a part of making this the most successful one to date…

The Sierra Leone Marathon is not just a one-day affair, but a five day adventure through Sierra Leone. Successful applicants will work closely with the Race Director, Project Coordinator and Street Child staff to coordinate the week, which includes project visits and workshops for the international runners, marathon day and the final beach trip. We are recruiting for a number of distinct volunteer roles that will be split between the operational aspects of the event, including accommodation, transport, project visits and in-country marketing.

This role is guaranteed to be busy and varied, and is a great opportunity to offer real value to the team whilst gaining valuable experience in project management, event planning and International Development. There is also the opportunity to shape your own experience according to your skills, knowledge and goals.

For more information on the event itself, head over to the Sierra Leone Marathon website.

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The Roles

We will be recruiting 3 volunteers to fill the roles of: Operations and Logistics Crew and PR and Sponsorship Coordinator.

If you have a particular interest in one, please specify in your application form, otherwise we will aim to place successful applicants where we think their skills fit best. While there are specific responsibilities for each, these roles overlap in many areas.


Operations & Logistics

Finish line

(2 people to share this role)

  • Planning and managing the operations for the Sierra Leone Marathon trip, including accommodation, transport and project visits.

  • Scoping Street Child’s projects to plan and arrange marathon-week project visits with the local communities.

  • Approaching & working with key local stakeholders

  • Proactively supporting the recruitment of international and local participants.

  • Assisting in the delivery of the “world’s most worthwhile marathon” at the end of May 2018, making sure the 150 international participants have a life changing and memorable experience.

PR & Sponsorship

Street Child Workshops
  • Managing the PR & marketing campaign for the marathon in Sierra Leone, to recruit local runner and boost event awareness.

  • Building relationships with local PR contacts to get the marathon featured on national radio and in the national press.

  • Liaising with Street Child staff both in the UK and Sierra Leone.

  • Assisting in the delivery of the “world’s most worthwhile marathon” at the end of May 2018, making sure the 150 international participants have a life changing and memorable experience.


Person Specification

  • Highly self-motivated and pro-active, with the ability to work as part of a team

  • Experience in logistics and event coordination

  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to plan and implement plans in a structured manner

  • Independent and able to make decisions with little guidance

  • Ability to be flexible and to work outside of your specific duties when needed, have fun and laugh along with a sometimes unpredictable environment!

  • An eagerness to contribute to and learn more about International Development.


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