To volunteer, it is vital you are experienced in your professional field and able to train and advise colleagues in your area of expertise. You need to be prepared to work creatively, utilise limited resources and beable to cope with unforeseen circumstances in unfamiliar environments.
Our volunteers must:
- Have a minimum of two years’ experience in your professional field, in a skill area where we have roles available.
- Be ready to volunteer within the next 6 months.
- Where applicable, willing to work for a modest living allowance and to live in conditions similar to those of local colleagues.
- Be prepared to invest time in self-briefing and training before going on your placement.
- Pass criminal records checks.
Soft skills required
It is also important that you are able to demonstrate some of the softer skills needed to be effective in an overseas environment. These include:
- Self-assurance, as most placements involve training others.
- Flexibility and adaptability, so that you can identify the approaches that best suit your colleagues’ particular situation
- A flair for solving problems, as unexpected challenges are common in low-resource environments
- The ability to work in a team, so that you can ensure the change you bring is championed locally after you leave.
- Sensitivity to the needs of others, so that you can understand the most effective ways to achieve change
- A desire to learn and help others learn, so that you and your colleagues can devise the strongest solutions together
- A positive and realistic commitment to volunteering.
We encourage applications from all sections of the community, to ensure we can deliver the wide range of expertise our partners are looking for.