The ongoing pandemic is continuing to affect many international volunteering projects:
Finding good quality volunteering opportunities overseas can be a challenging task, not least because there are thousands of organisations and companies that provide overseas opportunities! It is important to consider a number of factors in order to find one that is:
As we are unable to check out the majority of individual projects and roles we are unable to recommend specific opportunities other than those listed under our ‘Trusted Partners’ section. Instead, we have devised some questions to consider when thinking about volunteering overseas. These will help you to make a more informed choice.
A good organisation with strong policies will encourage you to ask questions, such as those below, and should be able to give you answers to each of them.
There is a national standard (also known as a kitemark) which organisations and companies can work towards for the safe management of overseas ventures. This provides a specification for organising and managing visits, including gap year trips. It is worth asking whether a company has met this standard.
It is called BS8848:2007 'Specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the United Kingdom'.
Please note this only looks at minimising risk, not at issues of ethics or the nature of the actual role.