There are a number of organisations, based in Wales and the UK, which support international volunteering. This page provides information on the opportunities that are out there.


CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

The International Learning Opportunities ILO programme is designed to stretch participants. It is an immersive experience which will take you out of your comfort zone. You will be challenged to work creatively and grow your personal resilience. The skills and understanding that the programme provides can be invaluable to you as a participant, to your host organisation and to Wales.
The programme is open to people who live and/ or work in Wales. ILO will select, train and then support the right person and cover health, transport and accommodation costs etc. for the duration of an 8 week placement

Placement opportunity
1 - Red Cross Mbale, Uganda – Disaster Risk Reduction


Red Cross Mbale are a professional organisation with significant expertise in disaster management and emergency response, however, they still strive to develop their ability to prepare for and react to emergencies and have identified that they would like support in the following areas:

• Disaster risk reduction
• Strengthening of early warning systems
• Community contingency planning
• Emergency first aid
Possible activities:
• Organising and delivering training for staff and volunteers
• Interviewing staff and stakeholders to identify needs
• Liaising with head office to improve systems and procedures
• Supporting the marketing of the commercial first aid to companies in Mbale
• Follow up on the activities of the previous ILOers to consolidate and validate them
This could be a life changing placement for someone looking to develop their leadership and communication skills in a very different environment to Wales. See https://gov.wales/international-learning-opportunities-programme-html for details of the ILO programme.
Anyone interested in this opportunity is invited to contact the Wales for Africa team for an informal conversation on walesforafrica@gov.wales or 03000 251670

Placement opportunity
2 - Mbale Tree Plant Project, Uganda - Statistician


The Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme currently funds the Mbale Tree Planting programme in Uganda via the Size of Wales 
The programme currently has 50+ staff growing and distributing around 2 million tree seedlings every year to individuals and communities across the Mbale region. See www.metge.ug for more details.

There is an ongoing evaluation & monitoring requirement for this project, with 8 field staff whose role it is to collect detailed geo-spatial data on each tree planting site, use smartphone technology generally on subsistence farmsteads or school grounds.
The power of spatial data for evaluation purposes is not being fully harnessed as yet. Skilled data scientists or statisticians would likely be able to extensively enhance our ability to powerfully use and present the data – for analysing the effectiveness of the project overall, as well as showcasing to the public the hard work that is happening in Mbale to grow trees for the future.
Ways to use this rich data to improve ways of working, develop key performance indicators, indicate project issues and solutions, as well as identify ways to expand and promote could really help us move to the next level.
If you have data science, analysis, engineer, or architect skills or a talented statistician we would love to hear from you to be part of the project support team.
This could be a life changing placement for someone looking to develop their leadership and communication skills in a very different environment to Wales. See https://gov.wales/international-learning-opportunities-programme-html for details of the ILO programme. Anyone interested in this opportunity is invited to contact the Wales for Africa team for an informal conversation on walesforafrica@gov.wales or 03000 251670

Placement opportunity

3 - Red Cross Mbale, Uganda – Community Engagement


Red Cross Mbale have recently developed a new strategic plan for disaster. The next stage is to develop a dissemination strategy to inform local communities about new areas of work and engage them as volunteers, members and co-operators. They would appreciate input on both how to approach communities and what information to include in community engagement sessions
Possible activities:

• Visiting local village communities across a rural area of about 50 square km
• Drafting a community engagement strategy
• Organising and delivering training for staff and volunteers eg on techniques for communicating with local communities
• Liaising with head office
• Development of a network of service organisation in Disaster Response
• Disseminating the strategy and popularizing it
This could be a life changing placement for someone looking to develop their leadership and communication skills in a very different environment to Wales. See https://gov.wales/international-learning-opportunities-programme-html for details of the ILO programme.
Anyone interested in this opportunity is invited to contact the Wales for Africa team for an informal conversation on walesforafrica@gov.wales or 03000 251670

Placement opportunity
4 - Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, Uganda – Equipment Maintenance


Additional biomedical engineering manpower is needed to setup a simple management system for reporting broken equipment in the hospital and tracking its repair.

Specific tasks:
• Establish a baseline inventory of all medical equipment in the hospital
• Develop a simple system for reporting broken equipment and tracking its repair
• Helping train current biomedical engineering staff in the management of their work
• Help identify faults with specific broken equipment and train local staff how to fix them
• Develop a preventative maintenance routine for commonly used equipment.
This could be a life changing placement for someone looking to develop their leadership and communication skills in a very different environment to Wales. See https://gov.wales/international-learning-opportunities-programme-html for details of the ILO programme.
Anyone interested in this opportunity is invited to contact the Wales for Africa team for an informal conversation on walesforafrica@gov.wales or 03000 251670

Placement opportunity

5 - Manafwa District Council, Uganda – Stakeholder Engagement


To build District capacity to conduct operational research to develop local interventions that are cost effective and also allow informed decisions by:
- Strengthening community capacity to take up health care services, minimise suffering and pain.
- Improving referral systems and developing by laws to ensure compliance with national guidelines and policies.
Possible activities:
• Visit communities around the district and communities
• Hold meetings with stakeholders
• Build capacity of health workers to develop and write operational research
• Drafting and discussing operational research concepts
• Help set up a team to follow up the implementation
• Write a report about the findings and share with concerned parties
This could be a life changing placement for someone looking to develop their leadership and communication skills in a very different environment to Wales. See https://gov.wales/international-learning-opportunities-programme-html for details of the ILO programme.
Anyone interested in this opportunity is invited to contact the Wales for Africa team for an informal conversation on walesforafrica@gov.wales or 03000 251670

Placement opportunity

6 - Mount Elgon Coffee and Cooperative Enterprise, Uganda – Develop a Funding Proposal


Coffee is the main cash crop for communities on Mount Elgon and has supported thousands of livelihoods for many years. However, over time the acreage per farmer has shrunk considerably.

Many coffee trees have become old and less productive, the soils fatigued, demand for settlements has resulted in less farming space and deforestation is increasingly rendering the region prone to fatal mudslides.
Poverty is on the increase. Although there are interventions by government and development partners to mitigate these challenges, there is a need to develop opportunities for increasing household incomes from the same piece of land within ecological limits. Hence the need for establishment of complimentary enterprises mentioned above.

Possible activities:
• Identify key players to move this forward in consultation with the Coop Chair and Board.
• Engage with other small producers for coffee roasting
• Research capital costs for above.
• Establish market potential
This could be a life changing placement for someone looking to develop their leadership and communication skills in a very different environment to Wales. See https://gov.wales/international-learning-opportunities-programme-html for details of the ILO programme.
Anyone interested in this opportunity is invited to contact the Wales for Africa team for an informal conversation on walesforafrica@gov.wales or 03000 251670

Placement opportunity

7 - Bushikori Christian Centre – Capacity Development


BCC’s health centre offers 24 hour services to the community. The services offered at the centre are; postnatal care, laboratory services, immunization, PMTCT (Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/ AIDS), Maternity and Family Planning.  It employs 3 Clinicians, 6 nurses 3 midwives 6 nursing assistants and 5 support staffs.
We have had challenges of limited training especially in patient care and drug management so need for someone who can build the capacity of our staff in providing quality health care to the clients.
Possible activities:
• Organise and deliver training sessions for staff
• Coach individual staff to improve their skills and understanding
• Spend time in clinic to understand processes and needs
• Train staff in patient management and customer care
• Train staff in management of medicines
• Organise medical related seminars to build the capacity of nurses
• Train staff in surgical procedures
• Manage HIV/AIDs services
• Emergency care and management
• Coach staffs on cardiac failure and other common complications
• Support staffs in management of deadly diseases like cancer, TB etc.
• Participate and support nurses in outreaches
This could be a life changing placement for someone looking to develop their leadership and communication skills in a very different environment to Wales. See https://gov.wales/international-learning-opportunities-programme-html for details of the ILO programme.
Anyone interested in this opportunity is invited to contact the Wales for Africa team for an informal conversation on walesforafrica@gov.wales or 03000 251670

Volunteering from Wales

Wales Africa Community Linking groups are always looking to recruit individuals to help promote their work locally, and support their work in partner communities in Africa. Involvement with these organisations may well lead to volunteer opportunities with those projects. Click here to find a group near you >>>

There are also specific schemes which encourage and support international volunteering in its own right;

International Learning Opportunities offers an 8 week immersive experience working with African organisations, and is designed to enhance your leadership skills. The ILO programme accepts applications on an ongoing basis.To find out more, click here >>>

UNA Exchange supports people to volunteer with a range of projects in over 60 countries. Click here to find out more about available opportunities >>> UNA Exchange is also part of the International Training Partnership (ITP), the official provider of all UK-based European Voluntary Service training. Click here to learn about the EVS scheme >>>


UK-based volunteer organisations and schemes

DFID VSO International Citizen Service supports young people aged 18-22 to volunteer in poor countries. There are some opportunities for team leaders to mentor the volunteers. Click here to find out more >>>

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) supports professional and skilled people to volunteer in over 30 countries in Africa and Asia. Click here to learn more >>>

UNA Exchange supports people to volunteer with a range of projects in over 60 countries. Click here to find out more about available opportunities >>>

Raleigh International supports people of all ages to volunteer with community, environmental and adventure projects in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua, India and Tanzania. Expeditions are 5, 7 or 10 weeks for volunteers and 8 or 13 weeks for volunteer managers. Find out more here >>>

Working Abroad supports people of all ages, from students on their gap year or wanting to gain field experience to professionals taking sabbaticals, to volunteer with a wide range of projects. Learn more here >>>

Restless Development supports young people, aged 18 to 25 to volunteer abroad in 10 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas. There are some opportunities for team leaders to mentor the volunteers. Learn more now >>>

Diaspora Volunteering Alliance supports individuals and professionals from diaspora communities in the UK to volunteer with development projects in their country of heritage. Learn more here >>>


Page last updated: August 22, 2014