Race Week Team Leader

Sierra Leone Marathon Volunteer


What would I be doing?

As a race week team leader  you will be assisting us on the delivery of this truly amazing event! Voted ‘Best International Event’ at the 2017 Running Awards you will support our team throughout the week across all areas, from project visit coordination to organising entertainment in the Clubhouse each evening. Arriving a day earlier than marathon runners, you will join the Street Child team for a briefing and understand what it means to deliver such a crazy event. From being the team leader for your project visit to the varied tasks on race day this is sure to be busy and fast paced. Looking after a dedicated group of runners, you will work closely with the Street Child team to ensure they have the best trip possible.

You will be staying in one of the local guesthouses or hotels in a town called Makeni, our base for the week and the home of the Sierra Leone Marathon. Depending on the accommodation package you choose, this could be basic accommodation with a fan and bucket showers, or a luxury (by Sierra Leone standards) hotel complete with air conditioning and a swimming pool.

This is a fast-paced role that will test your skills in team leadership, operations and problem-solving in the exciting Sierra Leonean setting. The role is all-encompassing and challenging but absolutely essential to the smooth-running of the marathon. Team Leaders must be flexible and adaptable, often required to go beyond their role description to get the job done. If you’re looking for leadership experience in a fast-paced and fun environment then this is the role for you!

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A fundraising commitment is asked of all our volunteers, for which you will receive support from your volunteer coordinator.

For applicants with relevant experience able to prove their ability to add strategic value, there may be the possibility of attaining a more permanent position: almost all the charity’s paid staff began as interns or on a pro bono basis.


LOCATION: Makeni, Sierra Leone

DATES: 22-29th May 2018

DURATION: 1 week - 10 days

Are you up for challenge and adventure? We need great volunteers who are up for getting their hands dirty supporting on a truly extraordinary international event!

The Sierra Leone Marathon is the charity’s flagship event, having raised over 1.4 million pounds to support children in Sierra Leone. Sunday 27th May 2018 is the seventh annual Sierra Leone Marathon and we intend to make this one the best yet. So we need your help to make this happen.


  • Welcoming international participants upon arrival.

  • Supporting marathon logistics including transport, accommodation, catering and race day itself.

  • Ensuring the smooth-running of project visits for the marathon runners.

  • Work closely with the Street Child team in Sierra Leone, pitching in across all areas.

  • Look after one of our water and cheer stations on Race Day, soaking in the atmosphere as the runners pass.

  • Making sure the 120 international participants have a life changing and memorable experience!


Person Specification

  • Highly self-motivated and proactive

  • A strong team worker

  • Excellent organisational skills

  • Ability to work under pressure and handle last minute changes

  • 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 interest in international development would be of benefit.

Travel Packages

  • True Traveller - £299 - Stay in hostel-style accommodation with shared rooms, bucket showers and electricity at night. This is for the true adventurer!

  • Essentials Package - £399 - Stay in a basic Sierra Leonean hotel with refreshing bucket showers, electricity and fans. Shared accommodation available.

  • Classic Package - £499 - Our most popular option; stay in a traditional Makeni guest house or hotel with your own private bathroom, including showers, electricity and guaranteed fan or air-conditioning. Shared accommodation available.

  • Premium Package - £799 - For those after a little more, enjoy hot showers, electricity, WiFi, air-conditioning and a hotel swimming pool.


Email intvol@street-child.co.uk with a copy of your CV.

We can't wait to hear from you!