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A helpful guide to volunteering during a gap year

Concordia is a charity committed to international volunteering as a means to promoting inter-cultural understanding and peace.

When you take part in a volunteering project through Concordia, you can be sure you'll be making a real difference to a community, and to yourself. For nearly 70 years now, we've provided volunteering and work opportunities overseas and here in the UK. Today we work with 80 like minded, non-profit partner organisations from 60 countries, to offer medium and short term community volunteering, around the world. A selection of projects is available for teenagers aged 16 and 17. Types of international volunteer projects include conservation, restoration, archaeology, construction, arts, children's play-schemes and teaching.

Projects last for 2-4 weeks with the main season from June to September. Volunteers pay a registration fee between 200 and 250 and fund their own travel and insurance.

Board and accommodation is free of charge for projects in Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea. For projects in Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa volunteer pay an extra on arrival fee of approx. 150/200 that covers food and accommodation, as well as funding the programme in the country.

"Fantastic. One of the best, and certainly one of the most memorable two weeks of my life". (Joe, volunteer in Estonia)

"It was one of the best experiences of my life and I will think about different aspects of my time there for the rest of my life!" (Joanna, social project in India,)

19 North Street
BN41 1DH
Tel: +44 (0) 1273 422 218
Email: info@concordiavolunteers.org.uk
Web: www.concordiavolunteers.org.uk

Engineers Without Borders
Provides opportunities for undergraduate and professional engineers to work overseas as volunteers on three month placements. EWB is also based at universities around the UK where branches organise talks and events and encourage development related research in their universities.

Web: www.ewb-uk.org

European Volunteer Service
If you're under 30 and live in the UK, EVS can offer you a range of volunteering options in Europe or European Partner Countries lasting between six months and one year. A wide variety of placements can be found in the social, cultural, environmental, and sports sector. Shorter placements of three weeks to six months are available to young people with fewer opportunities or special needs. EVS provides the funding to cover the volunteer's costs.
Tel: +44 (0) 131 313 2488

Email: benp@youngscot.org
Web: www.britishcouncil.org/youthinaction-about-youth-in-action.htm

International Voluntary Service
IVS offers a range of options for volunteering both in the UK and overseas. Short term projects (2-6 weeks) take place in around 50 countries worldwide. The North South Programme is for more experienced volunteers and offers short and longer term opportunities in Africa, Asia and South America. If you are seeking a longer term commitment (6-12months) overseas, and you are aged between 18 and 25, then the EU sponsored programme European Voluntary Service might be for you.

International Voluntary Service
Thorn House
5 Rose Street
Tel: +44 (0) 131 243 2745
Email: info@ivsgb.org

Lattitude Global Volunteering
Lattitude Global Volunteering (formerly known as Gap Activity Projects) is an international youth development charity. Our mission is to educate and develop young people worldwide by providing inclusive opportunities for them to make a positive difference to the lives of others through a distinctive, challenging, structured and supported international volunteering experience in a culture and community different from their own. We offer volunteering opportunities in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas.

Lattitude Global Volunteering
42 Queen's Road
Tel: +44 (0) 118 859 4914
Email: volunteer@lattitude.org.uk
Web: www.lattitude.org.uk

Project Trust
Project Trust is an educational charity which specialises in sending 17-19 year old school leavers overseas for 8 or 12 month volunteer placements in Africa, Asia and he Americas.

Project Trust
The Hebridean Centre
Isle of Coll
PA78 6TE
Tel: +44 (0) 1879 230 444
Email: info@projecttrust.org.uk
Web: www.projecttrust.org.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/projecttrustvolunteers

Starfish Volunteers
Starfish volunteer travel programmes are available at several locations throughout Thailand including Surin, Chiang Mai, and Sangklaburi. Starfish is a growing "non profit" volunteer and gap year organisation providing volunteer projects in the areas of health, childcare, wildlife conservation community development and teaching.

Tel: +44 (0) 845 004 8010
Web: www.starfishvolunteers.com

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UNA Exchange (United Nations Association)
Specialises in short term International Volunteer Projects as a means to achieve the wider ideals of peace through international understanding and community development. Wide range of projects for all abilities.

UNA Exchange
Temple of Peace
Cathays Park
CG10 3AP
Tel: +44 (0) 29 2022 3088
Email: info@unaexchange.org
Web: www.unaexchange.org

United Nations Volunteers
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development.

Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity, as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.

United Nations Volunteers
Postfach 260 111
D-53153 Bonn
Tel: +49 228 815 2000
Web: www.unvolunteers.org

VESL is a charity that provides unique, exciting and worthwhile volunteering opportunities in Rural Thailand, Sri Lankan and Indian communities for people of all ages. We have programmes to suit volunteers whatever their skills and experience.

19 Bryson Road
EH11 1ED
Tel: +44 (0) 845 094 3727
Email: info@vesl.org
Web: www.vesl.org

VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas)
Places skilled volunteers with projects worldwide; as well as running a youth a project placing 18-25 year olds.

Thorn House
5 Rose Street
Tel:+44 (0) 131 243 2781

Guidance for Volunteering during a Gap Year


The guide contains detailed information on:
  • The benefits of taking a gap year
  • How to organise a gap year step by step
  • Itinerary suggestions and tips for travelling in Europe on a budget
  • Volunteering in Europe
  • How to successfully find and apply for an internship in Europe

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