UK

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, programme participants and residents with a much-needed friend and role model.

Placement Locations

Placements are located throughout the British Isles

Is it for me?

An ever-popular destination, undertaking a placement in the UK will allow you to bypass the predictable tourist trail and experience either country like a local.  While placements differ greatly, the need for volunteers with a hard-working, fun-loving nature is a constant.  You’ll be surprised how the bonds you form with the people under your care will enrich both your life and theirs.

Roles Explained

Schools Assistant placements are at preparatory schools for seven to 13 year olds (some have pre-prep departments for children from three years old), senior schools for 13 to 18 year olds, or schools which combine some or all of these. Many are single-sex schools. Volunteers are usually based in the boarding houses or PE/sports departments, but most schools try to give the volunteer a varied timetable.

Outdoor Activity placements vary from big organisations with a large number of seasonal young staff, to small family-run operations.  Volunteer tasks include leading group activities such as archery, ropes, abseiling, orienteering, assault courses, canoeing, overseeing team building games and undertaking some general cooking, gardening and cleaning duties.

Caring Placements are very varied.  Some are in residential homes, care ‘villages’ or holiday centres for adults with a variety of disabilities, some involve care in clients own homes in the community and there are also a small number of social care placements working with, for example, young homeless.   Volunteer duties in the residential care placements may involve assisting with the day-to-day personal care of residents (such as bathing, toileting, exercise, therapy, and medication), household maintenance (laundry, groceries, cleaning, etc.), leading activities such as art, sport, and music, or taking residents on outings to places of interests such as the theatre, seaside or the local pub!  In the social care placements, volunteers work with local staff to help and support young homeless clients who seek respite in the centre.  Placements vary in the level of challenge and responsibilities, but are extremely rewarding, as volunteers are able to make a significant difference to people’s lives.

Volunteers may receive a small monetary payment each week as a contribution towards expenses incurred during their placement in the UK.

Accommodation and Food

With Schools Assistant placements, hosts provide volunteers with their own room in the boarding house and food is supplied by the school canteen.

With Outdoor Activity and Caring placements, accommodation varies but usually comprises of a shared house or flat.  Some placements provide food, while others set up a system of self-catering for volunteers.

What’s Included

Pre-departure briefing
Airport pickup
Pocket money
Accommodation & food
In-country orientation
In-country support
24/7 support

Need to know

Pre-departure briefing – all volunteers are invited to a group briefing prior to departure
On arrival – the majority of volunteers attend a two-day orientation course at Reading University, while others receive an orientation upon arrival at their placement

Costs

Our current fees are as follows:

Interview fee $100
Contribution fee $3850
Tax $19.50

 

You will also need to budget for:
Travel insurance
Airfare
Visa (approximately $400- subject to change)

Travel

There are plenty of opportunities to travel.  If placed within a school, volunteers will be able to travel during the school holidays and at the end of their placement.  With all other placements the opportunity to travel will be at the end of the placement.  The British Isles are a gateway to Europe, with excellent transport links to the continent and to Ireland.  There are rugged mountains in Wales and Scotland, pristine lakes in the Lake District, beautiful, historic towns and picture postcard perfect rolling hills dotted with livestock.  London is a magnet, a real cultural and cosmopolitan centre that is not to be missed.

 

Program overview

Minimum age:
17 / 18
Departs:
Jan / Mar / Sept
Duration:
6 to 11 months (depending on placement)

Roles available:

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Quick facts

Language:
English
Population:
62m
Timezone:
GMT
Climate:
Temperate
Currency:
Pound Sterling (£)

Testimonial

“My placement is only an hour and a bit away from the amazing city of London! Some of the duties I do at the school include watching out for the kids during break times, taking games (PE) sessions with the girls and working with the younger boys in the boarding house. The experience has been great fun and the school is so pretty and very English!” Jacqui Temlett, Schools Assistant

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