Opportunities

APPLICATIONS FOR VOLUNTEERING PROJECTS ARE NOW OPEN. Download the application form and guidance notes to apply. The DEADLINE for applications is the 1st of December. However, please be aware that should a sufficient number of high-quality applications be received we may choose to close the application process early.

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Current GOC Volunteering Projects

Czech Republic

  • Partner Organisation: UNA Exchange
  • Local Organisation: Eco Centre and the Region of Living Waters, Czech Republic
  • Dates: 13/07/2015 – 16/08/2015
  • This project is for 5 volunteers and will cost £559 + flights
  • GOC Bursary Available: £500

Volunteers will get the chance to take part in two projects in Czech Republic over four weeks.

Both projects are environmental renovation projects and work consists of active, outdoor activities such as gardening, landscaping and repairing cultural heritage sites.

The first project will take place in a small village in the beautiful Krkonose mountains in Eastern Bohemia. The second will take place in a town famous for its natural hot springs in the Carlsbad region of Western Bohemia. This area is home to lots of beautiful cultural and natural sights. In between the two projects there will be time allocated for sightseeing and tourist activities including hiking, having campfires, swimming, cycling, horse riding and visiting some local cultural events

In addition to the natural beauty of the area, another attractive point about this project is its close proximity to the UK. This means that travel costs will be reasonable.

The Fijian Islands

The objective of this project is to work towards the development of grass-roots sport within Fiji, and to assist and lead teaching within local schools to advance the learning of secondary and primary students. Volunteers would spend four weeks on the project in Fiji, with the first 2 days settling in at an island resort, where volunteers will be fully briefed on the project by the Fijian Ministry of Health. The next 3½ weeks are to be spent on the project, working in the schools during the day, and then running after-school sports programmes, in preparation for an inter-schools sports competition. Volunteers would be working alongside established Project leaders, that are employed by Think Pacific. Volunteers will be housed with Fijian families within the same traditional village or in some locations with teachers from the local schools. After the project, volunteers will have a 2 day resort break where they will be debriefed and have the chance to reflect on the project. Find out more about the project here.

The specific aims of the university project are:

  • To provide tailored educational support to primary and secondary students. Our volunteers act as classroom assistants, teach their own small group lessons and act as personal tutors to devise specific one-to-one English lessons for students.
  • To engage students in extra-curricular activities for the first time, with a specific focus upon introducing art, crafts, drama, dance and music workshops.
  • To develop grass roots sports within rural schools, delivering PE Lessons, introducing after- school sports and activity clubs and developing structured youth teams and leagues in Fiji.
  • To increase the confidence, self esteem and empowerment of students by enabling them to develop their skills through interactive youth workshops and participation in inter-house/ inter-school competitions, which will be organised by our volunteers.

Turkey

  • Partner Organisation: UNA Exchange
  • Local Organisation: Alternative Life Association, Antalya, Turkey
  • Dates: 4 weeks, July 2015
  • This project is for 8-10 volunteers and will cost £550 + flights
  • GOC Bursary Available: £500

Alternative Life Association works for the social integration of people with disabilities. The organisation has recently built a multi purpose venue in a village near Kas, Antalya in the south-west of Turkey.  Kas is one of the most popular coasts in southern Turkey and our facility is 11 km away from the Kas town centre.

In this venue people with disabilities who are excluded from mainstream education will have access to education in various fields. İf you are interested in working in education, working with people with disabilities or in social integration, this is the project for you.

What can you do?

There are a variety of things to be done at the centre and volunteers can choose what part of the centre they would like to get involved with. There are opportunities to help run workshops, organise events or help with the general upkeep and maintenance of the centre including administration, cooking and manual work.

Accommodation

Although a guest house and dormitories are avaliable, volunteers might be asked to stay in tents when necessary. Sleeping bags, mats and tents will be supplied but those volunteers who prefer to bring their own are welcome. Breakfast, dinner and lunch will be prepared and served at the facility.

Turkish classes can be arranged for volunteers, upon request.

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