With two to twelve week placements, our International Volunteering Programme is a chance to get stuck in with real development work and make a difference to the lives of some of the world's most vulnerable children. Volunteering with us, you will be making a two-fold impact on on our work via your fundraising campaign prior to departure as well as the work you will achieve whilst in-country with us.
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Life in the Field
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 an 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. You will also be asked to outline your plan for how you will reach your fundraising target.
After your interview, you will be contacted within a couple of days with confirmation. If you are successful, you will have a next steps call to go through the placement and provide you with details on how to prepare for your trip.
Our teams in the UK and in-country are on hand to help coordinate your placement, prior to departure and while you are on the ground. Once confirmed on the programme, you will be provided with a Pre-Departure Pack, specific to your placement country, which has all the information needed to apply for visas, background checks, and full breakdown costs. The UK team will also be on hand to help you with your trip preparations.
While in-country you will be supported by our Programmes Support Coordinator, who will manage your day to day work and will be there to offer advice and guidance. They will also arrange your airport pick-up to take you straight from the airport to your accommodation, and will give you an in-country orientation and security briefing upon arrival.
Our placements are certainly not for everyone. You must be prepared to live and work in basic conditions, and be comfortable with travelling to remote project sites, sometimes independently. You will be considered a valuable member of the team and so you will be required to manage your own work plan, while reporting regularly to the team on your progress.
This is a self funded trip, which includes flights, visas, vaccinations, and any additional costs such as food and leisure time while in-country. To help keep you in-country costs low, we have a fixed daily rate - £7 in Sierra Leone & £10 in all the other countries- which covers your airport transfer, accommodation and project-related travel. (Please note this is different for our Teachers Programme, which has set costs for a 2 week programme).
We also ask that all volunteers pledge to raise a minimum of £1,000 towards Street Child’s global programmes. Our project work is only made possible through successful fundraising, and so this is an integral part of the volunteer placement as it ensures the long term impact of the work you achieve in-country. Click here to find out more about the fundraising.
When you return home after your placement you will become part of our Alumni network, which will give you access to our exclusive events, professional opportunities, Street Child’s sector news, and connections with people across the world.
Whilst this is initially a voluntary role, for applicants 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.