We have a tendency to believe that young people don’t have skills or experiences that can be useful.
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Young people and overseas volunteering:
getting it right
Benefits of role
Key Volunteer Coordinator
Trustee – KickStart Ghana
Advisory board – Impact International
Why do I believe in working with young people?
Educated and engaged
Eager to right wrongs in the world
• People, of all ages, would rather treat the symptoms than the cause
• Reinforced by what travel companies offer through volunteering placements
Opportunities being advertised
Opportunities that will
make a sustainable
Best practice tips for working with young volunteers:
Make sure they fit in with your vision, aims and objectives.
Make sure you market your opportunities and organisation responsibly.
Put strong recruitment procedures in place.
Ensure they undergo proper training and have support pre, during and post
• Set realistic and tangible goals for them.
• Keep it fun.
• How will you celebrate and develop your volunteers?
“If you are considering an overseas volunteer
assignment or a career in International
Development and you would like to find out more
about how accountants skills can make a
difference, our 256 charity partners in 37
countries and about the many other stakeholders
in the sector, we would strongly recommend
attending a workshop.” Accounting for
“You will be working alongside our staff team, following a structured programme and will receive
training. The focus is on sharing skills to build the abilities and confidence of local women and
children. The projects you set up will be run by the community themselves and so are completely
self-sustaining and empowering. In addition, our staff will continue to supervise and support the
projects after you leave.” Lively Minds
“Volunteers with qualifications and experience are welcome but you do not need
to have either to volunteer.”
“Many of Ghana's children are struggling to survive, which
is why our volunteer Care projects are so important… Staff
all too often simply don't have the time to provide the
individual love and attention that these children need so
they can have as normal a childhood as possible.”
• Qualified football coach.
• Worked with the current Dynamo FC
• Created a training pack for our future
"(This has been) genuinely one of my best experiences over the past
years, volunteering for KickStart Ghana. You really feel like part of the
charity. The organisers of the charity really know what they want to
do with specific goals, and volunteers are encouraged to volunteer if
they have the skills to meet their specific goals. This kind of selective
process really helps to keep the standard of coaching and teaching
really quite high and I'm sure the charity will go from strength to
strength in the coming years."
• From Ghana/Togo.
• Has helped manage KickStart Ghana
volunteers, relationships with
projects and complete financial
• Is a change maker in his community.
“I think my favourite part of volunteering with KickStart Ghana would
be going to the sites with the volunteers and working with them,
because I actually learn a lot from them. Anytime you are on site with
them and there is a problem, you see how they all come together to
solve that problem. I also really enjoy their evaluations (of their day’s
work) going on in the house and the way they make new plans for
• Young people can be fantastic volunteers but you need to invest time and
resources in them.
• Make sure your volunteers fit your opportunities and not the other way
• Be responsible with your marketing. A book is judged by it’s cover.
• Celebrate and be proud of your volunteers.