To make sure you’re confident in doing a good job, we’ll equip you with training you before you go, and
when you arrive
. So you understand more about the culture you’re living in and the issues you’re tackling, you’ll have regular opportunities to learn and share with your team members. You’ll have the full-time support of two members of staff, one from the UK and one from the overseas country, who are there to help you and your team achieve all you can.
Before you go:
· Support with practical preparations like visas and vaccinations and return flights.
· Three days pre-departure training with other volunteers taking part in a range of different programmes to help you understand development issues and prepare for living and working in a different culture
While taking part:
· All your food and accommodation is provided, and you’ll receive a modest volunteering allowance
· Two full time Programme Supervisors responsible for supporting your team
· You’re covered by VSO’s health insurance and backed up by a team of VSO staff in each country, with comprehensive safety and security procedures In case of emergencies
· You’ll receive Training on your arrival: covering an introduction to the country, culture, and language, specific skills needed for your work
· You’ll be supported by your team-mates, both from the exchange country and the UK
· Returned volunteer training day with other VSO ICS volunteers you’ll look at what you have learnt from your time overseas and have further training to help you make the most of your experiences.
· Support to carry out a project in your own community, called UK action. The idea is that you raise awareness amongst others about community development issues, and of the work that you have done to fight poverty. We will support you do this with ideas and advice and it’s a great way of really understanding what you’ve gained as a volunteer.