The UK is steeped in history and dotted with ancient buildings, castles and cathedrals. Volunteers in the UK work in schools, camps and community centres. While qualified staff are always present, fresh, energetic young volunteers are crucial in providing
- London, United Kingdom; Belfast, United Kingdom; Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Cardiff, United Kingdom
- Program Type:
- Volunteer Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Work Types:
- Economic Development, Education, Health, Social Services
- 1-3 months
- Program Description:
There is a broad range of placements in schools in the UK. Almost all are in private, fee-paying schools, most of which are boarding schools. Placements are mainly in preparatory schools (7-13) or secondary schools (11- 18). You could be based in a city centre, a country town or a boarding school in extensive grounds in the country. Most schools placements are for a full school year, usually September to July.
If you are in a boarding school you should expect to be involved in boarding house duties e.g. getting boarders up, supervising going to bed, helping with after school activities and homework, as well as weekend excursions. In the school itself you may assist in administrative duties in the school office, or be linked to a specific department e.g. art, drama, PE, etc.
Caring – residential
Residential caring placements are from 6 to 12 months. Placements may be in communities of disabled or homeless people, shelters for homeless people, residential homes, and centres for the disabled, rehabilitation centres or organisations that support home carers. There is also a placement in a hospice.
Volunteers will work mainly with adults. They may be expected to provide companionship, help with outings and activities, help with feeding and may be expected to deal with personal care. Necessary training will always be given.
Caring – schools
There are placements in schools for physically disabled students (e.g. blind or deaf students), students with emotional and behavioural difficulties, and students with learning disabilities. Volunteers will need to be able to show initiative and to be resilient. Placements are usually for an entire school year – September to July or from January to December
At Outdoor education camps placements vary in length from 6 - 12 months. Volunteers will assist or lead children in group activities such as archery, abseiling, canoeing or orienteering. In the evening they will run sessions playing games, singing songs etc. Volunteers will be trained in all activities before they lead groups.
They may also help in the catering or the maintenance departments.
The UK is steeped in history and dotted with ancient buildings, castles and cathedrals. Volunteers in the UK work in schools, camps and community centres. While qualified staff are always present, fresh, energetic young volunteers are crucial in providing students, camp-goers, program participants and residents with a much-needed friend and role model.
- What’s Included Pre-departure briefing Airport pickup Pocket money Accommodation & food In-country orientation In-country support 24/7 support Costs Our current fees are as follows: Interview fee $100 Contribution fee $3600* Tax $15 *Please note that the Contribution fee will be increasing to $3,850 on January 1, 2017. All volunteers departing after January 1, 2017 will be subject to the new fee. You will also need to budget for: Travel insurance Airfare Visa (approximately $400- subject to c
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