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  • Who we are

    In this privacy policy references to "we", "us" and "our" are to Inspirational Volunteer Journeys. References to "our Website" or "the Website" are to www.ivj.org.uk

  • What information we collect and how

    The information we collect via the Website may include

    1. Any personal details you knowingly provide us with through forms and our email, such as name, address, telephone number etc.
    2. Your preferences and use of email updates, recorded by emails we send you (if you select to receive email updates on products and offers).
    3. Your IP Address, this is a string of numbers unique to your computer that is recorded by our web server when you request any page or component on the Website. This information is used to monitor your usage of the Website.
    4. Data recorded by the Website which allows us to recognise you and your preferred settings, this saves you from re-entering information on return visits to the site. Such data is recorded locally on your computer through the use of cookies. Most browsers can be programmed to reject, or warn you before downloading cookies, information regarding this may be found in your browsers 'help' facility.
  • What we do with your information

    Any personal information we collect from this website will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and other applicable laws. The details we collect will be used:

    1. To process your enquiry, to provide after sales service (we may pass your details to another organisation to supply/deliver products or services you have enquired about and/or to provide after-sales service);
    2.  In certain cases we may use your email address to send you information on our other products and services. In such a case you will be offered the option to opt in/out before completing your enquiry.

    We may need to pass the information we collect to other companies for administrative purposes. We may use third parties to carry out certain activities, such as processing and sorting data, monitoring how customers use the Website and issuing our e-mails for us. Third parties will not be allowed to use your personal information for their own purposes.

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    You have the right to request a copy of any information that we currently hold about you. In order to receive such information please send your contact details including address and payment of £10 to cover administration expenses to the following address:

    Inspirational Volunteer Journeys

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    Maudslay Building
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    WITH IVJ YOU CAN TRAVEL, MAKE A LASTING DIFFERENCE WHERE IT'S NEEDED AND COME BACK WITH A RECOGNISED LEADERSHIP QUALIFICATION  WHAT'S INCLUDED / ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

  • IVJ level 3 - £2,495

    IVJ3 is our standard package - here's what’s included:

    • Flights and internal transfers: You'll be picked up from the airport by our project partners
    • 3 weeks accommodation: Often within walking distance of your project
    • A unique leadership development experience: accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management
    • In-depth matching: Your placement will play to your individual strengths and career aspirations. The placement aims and objectives are jointly agreed before your departure.
    • A personal Travel Counsellor: He ensures that you have the correct visa, inoculations, flights and all other information you need for your volunteer experience and any personal travel arrangements
    • Support during your placement: Including access to our in-country local representative and wider professional and volunteering networks
    • Safety measures: Including risk assessments of placements and a 24-hour emergency phone line
    • Flexible payment terms: A £250 deposit secures your placement. Pay up to 8 weeks before departure
  • IVJ level 5 - £2,695

    The IVJ5 includes a more in depth leadership development programme and for the most part your volunteer assignment will be focussed on tackling some of the most difficult problems. But it's not all work; spend the weekend with our local partners - they'll take you off the beaten track to give you a real African or Caribbean experience. Immerse yourself in the Rift Valley in Kenya, the Tobago Cays in St. Vincent and the Grenadines or the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. All our projects are set in hugely rewarding countries to visit.

    IVJ level 7 - £2,895

    The IVJ7 is a postgraduate level programme that sees you tackling problems at a strategic level and is personalised for your continuous professional development. This could include attending conferences, trade shows or other international events. You'll have the opportunity to hear from aid agencies and explore the potential for aid funded social enterprise.  It’s not all work at level 7 either; join the weekend camps or have our project partners arrange more bespoke tours. These are stunningly beautiful parts of the world and not to be missed.

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  • Hang out somewhere a bit more interesting than the cinema this Summer Holidays.

    IVJ has teamed up with Windward Island Farmers Association to offer unique volunteering opportunities supporting Fairdrade communities in the Caribbean, whether that’s running a summer camp for pre-school children or undertaking environmental programmes to establish a new fairtrade eco-farm.

    Inspirational Volunteer Journeys is a global volunteering experience helping young people to make a difference to some of the world’s poorest people. We are passionate about the potential for people coming together for the world and to build a bigger and stronger global society – if you are too then IVJ is for you.

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  • THE TEAM AS MEMBERS OF THE DIASPORA THE IVJ TEAM HAS A STRONG EMOTIONAL CONNECTION WITH, AND A DESIRE TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK TO THEIR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN. PROJECTS ARE SELECTED AND BUILT ON THIS BASIS 

  • Vennetta Johnston

    Vennetta (pronounced veneeta) is irrepressible. The child of Caribbean migrants to the UK in the 1950’s her family struggled financially and she spent much of her childhood in a variety of children’s homes.  She quickly realised the impact of poverty and together with other young people she founded 'In Care - Who Cares' now a national charity championing children’s rights.

    Driven by her commitment to social justice, as Director of Social Services in one of the toughest boroughs in East London she pioneered a management development programme that created career development opportunities for the brightest and best leaders in her department irrespective of gender or ethnicity.

    But it was her travels through Africa and the Caribbean that marked the turning point in Vennetta’s career and the synthesis of her values.  Seeing the opportunity to bring much needed skills to support international development and at the same time provide talented leaders and managers with an opportunity to give something back – she created IVJ.  Vennetta works directly with all the overseas partners to ensure that IVJ truly makes a real and lasting difference to the quality of people’s lives.

    Vennetta was educated at Aston University where she gained her MSc in Public Sector Management. She lives in Nottingham with her husband Paul. Their 3 children are now undergraduate students at Nottingham, Manchester and Bolton.

  • Moses Cain

    It isn’t often that you will see a banking professional working in the NGO sector but Moses is one of a kind. Having worked within Wealth Management at two of the largest investment banking firms in the City of London in an environment which has been at the cutting edge of Corporate Finance, Moses has helped clients use their wealth to improve the lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

    Sadly, he has also seen how some corporates have damaged the global economy, ecology and environment. Moses is now determined to use banking and finance skills to change things for the better, improve peoples’ quality of life and help them to achieve their goals.

    Moses is a communicator. Fluent in both Spanish and Italian he played a critical role in managing bi-lingual liaison with surveyors and project managers on a major re-development project in Bologna, Italy. In fact, Moses loves all things Italian, especially the football and the food.

    It is exactly this combination of project management and communication skills that Moses brings to IVJ. He will develop collaborative partnerships with Italian NGO’s that will see talented young people making a difference around the world.

    Moses completed his BA(Hons) International Business Administration at the London Metropolitan University and  received Certification in Margin and Brokerage Regulation from the The New York Institute of Finance. Moses lives in central London and Bologna.

  • Natasha Johnson-Richards

    Natasha grew up in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in Nottingham. With unemployment levels the highest in the city, there wasn’t much for young people in the Meadows to do but hang out on the local park. But Natasha wanted more than that. With the courage to stand out from the crowd, she set her sights on a place at Nottingham University with aspirations to study ICT.

    For Natasha the digital divide was all too real. She knew that if things did not change in communities like hers, thousands of people would be excluded. No access to online learning, online banking or on line shopping…all typical everyday activities that most of us can take for granted.

    So when she graduated she set up the Godigitall shop in the heart of the Meadows, bringing access to IT to disadvantaged youth. For Natasha there’s no such thing as a ‘hard to reach community’. She soon acquired a fully equipped mobile trailer bringing computers and internet right to their doorsteps. As a result, 6 out of 10 Godigitall trainees get a job or go on to vocational training.

    The digital divide is a global phenomenon. 'Back home' in Jamaica there is a yawning gap between those connected to the world-wide-web and those trapped in ghetto communities, disconnected from the rest of the world. With IVJ Natasha will take her trailer to from some of the toughest communities in Nottingham to the toughest in the Caribbean.

    Natasha is married with 3 children and lives in Nottingham.

  • Mende Nazer

    In the remote Nuba Mountains of Sudan in the 1990s life was still ‘a good fire around which stories were told’, until the men on horseback came. They burnt villages, murdered, raped and abducted the children to be sold into slavery. Twelve year old Mende Nazer was one of those children.

    In 2000, after six years serving a family in Sudan she was then passed onto a diplomat’s family in London. With the help of other Sudanese she broke free and claimed asylum; however her application was rejected on the grounds that ‘slavery did not constitute persecution’.  She fought deportation and with the backing of an international campaign, led by Baroness Caroline Cox, Mende was granted leave to remain in the UK in 2002. 

    Mende now campaigns tirelessly to end slavery. In 2002 she won the Human Rights Award by CECRA, the Spanish coalition against Slavery for her work in making slavery a public issue. Mende brings a ‘real world’ perspective to the IVJ Corporate Social Responsibility modules, facilitating on-line  learning sets to explore the ethical and moral challenges global leaders must tackle.  Together  with the ‘Mende Nazer Foundation’ IVJ programmes educate girls in Sudan about their human rights. 

    Mende is now happily married and looking forward to starting a family.

  • Qobo Mayisa

    When the economy was collapsing in Zimbabwe and unemployment soared to 94% you couldn’t blame people for giving up and getting out. Not Qobo. Qobo saw an opportunity for social transformation and as District officer for the National Aids Council he set up support systems for those affected; helping people living with HIV /AIDS to start income generating projects so that they could create sustainable livelihoods of which they could be proud.

    It’s typical of Qobo to focus on what you ‘can do’. When appointed as Executive Director to a much loved charity in Birmingham he cut costs, streamlined operations and reduced organisational debt by two thirds. In 2 years he was able to complete a £1M building project. He then developed a School for Social Enterprise training disadvantaged people to start small businesses. He also set up an I.T centre to train disadvantaged youths and inner city residents from poor areas computer skills. Qobo believes that economic independence is critical for tackling poverty and peoples’ dignity.  Qobo brings this commitment to IVJ. He joins us after a stint as a consultant for Tearfund, working with UK Zimbabwean exiles where he raised over £250K and led a campaign to support a programme training farmers in Zimbabwe. Qobo leads our fundraising strategy to support our overseas projects as well as our projects in Zimbabwe. Qobo is married and lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham.

  • Ruth Mwarage

    Ruth spent the early part of her career at FE level in Kenya. But after years of producing college leavers who often joined their parents  locked in a cycle of poverty and seeing the flight of the children from poor families she knew that something had to change. So she took her skills in financial management to work for a development finance company providing micro loans directly to poor women living in the slum areas of Nairobi.

    Ruth firmly believes the saying that ‘if you educate a man you educate an individual but if you educate a woman you educate and liberate a nation’. In countries where education is not free of charge, it is often the children who have to work to raise their school fees. Ruth knows this only too well; having been born in a poor family she worked as a house maid to raise her school fees and if she couldn’t get a job - she simply couldn’t go.

    Ruth brings her passion for economic empowerment and social change, project management and community development skills to IVJ. She leads our East Africa programmes  working closely with our tea and coffee farmers, many of whom are women. She designs our volunteer programmes to add value to the Fair Trade premium, ensuring that their children especially the girls get access to financial education.

     Ruth lives in Birmingham and has a MSc in Poverty Reduction and International Development Management from Birmingham University.  

  • Ulfat Riaz 

    Ulfats’ passion is women’s empowerment; eradicating poverty through education and challenging the patriarchal structure of world wide communities. She has featured in Vanity Fair Magazine, The Guardian and The Observer for her views and direct actions against the worldwide concept of forced marriages.

    Ending early or forced marriage is a pre-requisite to the successful realisation of the Millennium development goals. Ulfat has responsibility for ensuring that action for gender equity lies at the heart of everything we do.

    At 35 she went to University got her BA (Hons) in Organisation Studies and within 5 years had built a business providing Adult education programmes for people with no formal qualifications. ANISSA - UK is a thriving social business that mentors, supports and guides young people to fulfil their own potential.

    Ulfat brings to the IVJ leadership programme her capacity to engage, inspire and motivate people. She provokes the social conscience within organisations, individuals and amongst decision makers.

    Ulfat is a mother of 3 and enjoys 18th Century Literature on African Exploration. Her favorite authors are Lyall Watson and Jibran Khalil. She likes watching films, walking and cooking as well as writing poems and verses.

  • Zeb Manatse

    Zeb comes to IVJ with a successful track record as a Business Intelligence Consultant for major corporates including BT and the NHS. These large organisations generate huge amounts of electronic records – Zeb would call it organisational noise. Zeb turns this noise into data, data into intelligence and intelligence into knowledge that leaders can act on.

    The ability to develop a deep and comprehensive understanding the hopes and fears of ordinary people, many of whom were exiled from their homeland, is no less complex.  Zeb’s has run leadership boot camps for teenagers, leadership training in churches and facilitating marriage enrichment workshops. In 2009, he successfully led the 10 member all-volunteer taskforce that would ultimately ensure that the voices and interests of the UK Zimbabwean diaspora were equally represented in the constitutional consultation process.

    It is his belief in everyone’s ‘capacity for good’ and his ability to build relationships of collaboration and trust that he brings to IVJ and its partners. Zeb delivers our post graduate strategic leadership programmes and provides organisational development support to our partners overseas. He also delivers our business skills training programme for young people in-country.

    Zeb holds an MBA from NUST/Birmingham University and an MSc in Business Creativity and Innovation from Bedfordshire University.  In his spare time he organises the annual Zimbabwe Achievers Award event. He lives with his wife and 3 children in Milton Keynes.   

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  • VALUES AT IVJ WE BELIEVE IN THE ESSENTIAL DIGNITY OF ALL HUMAN BEINGS - NO MATTER WHERE IN THE WORLD THEY HAPPEN TO HAVE BEEN BORN INTRODUCTION  / OUR MISSION

  • Introduction

    Sadly, the inequalities and injustices set in motion hundreds of years ago have never gone away. They have merely changed in character over time with the ebb and flow of political and economic thought.

    In many places of the world, to pursue a dignified existence is to struggle in the face of almost unimaginable hardship and unfairness - we see it as our role to support such endeavour through on-the-ground initiatives designed to put developed world skills directly into the communities that need them. In so doing we also help people in more fortunate circumstances to discover something about their own dignity - creating opportunities for people to reconnect with their capacity for compassion, justice and altruism through sharing skills.

  • Ostensibly we exist to:

    • Tackle poverty and deprivation in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean by recruiting skilled professional volunteers who will assist in the provision of education, training and healthcare projects.
    • Advance the education of the public by raising awareness of international development issues in our countries of operation.
    • Develop the capacity and skills of members of disadvantaged groups in the UK in such a way that they are better able to participate more fully in society and maximise their contribution towards achieving international development goals.

    But...

    deep down we know that these are just routes to the same place. The guiding IVJ principle is this, that the liberty and humanity of everyone in the world is part of an indivisible whole - that none of us can be free whilst we are aware of the presence of injustice somewhere else.

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  • TRAINING WHILST IN THE FIELD, YOU'LL GAIN QUALIFICATIONS THAT CARRY WEIGHT AT HOME, BUT THAT'S JUST AN ADDED BONUS. MAINLY, YOU'LL HAVE ADDED TO AND PARTAKEN OF SOMETHING TRULY LIFE CHANGING.

  • ILM level 3 Award in Leadership


    You'll do 2 days pre-departure training where you'll meet and get to know the other volunteers you could be working with. But for the most part, by living and learning with the local community you will develop and share your skills to build sustainable livelihoods and foster personal growth.

    CORE MODULES Introduction to leadership / Leading a team effectively .

    With IVJ you will work with people who are leaders in communities facing the most challenging of circumstances. This makes for a deep and insiprational introduction to leadership theory and understanding how to lead and motivate others. In whichever country the assignment takes place, participants will have intense experiences with real consequences and powerful, positive and memorable outcomes.

    ASSESSMENT Keep a reflective log of your learning journey so that you know how far you have travelled, the difference you have made to the lives  of others and for assessment for the ILM level 3 Award in Leadership

  • ILM level 5 Award in Leadership


    You'll liaise directly with the project overseas to plan your placement and join an action learning set with other local leaders and professionals. This provides the context for maximising the contribution you will make to the project and to your own personal development.

    CORE MODULES Assessing your own leadership capability and performance / Improving own leadership potential through action learning.

    You'll probably already hold a managerial position in your day job. Working with IVJ you will have a good overview of the strategic objectives of the volunteer programmes, how the work that you will do makes a difference to the lives of ordinary people and how you will develop your leadership potential and use your experience back in the workplace

    ASSESSMENT Keep a reflective log of your learning journey so that you know how far you have travelled, the difference you have made to the lives  of others and for assessment for the ILM Level 5 Award in Leadership

  • ILM level 7 Award in Strategic Leadership


    Pre-departure work will involve liasing directly with the project to design your assignment to contribute towards their strategic goals. As well as working alongside the projects senior staff you may find yourself supporting the work of IVJ at international development and trade and investment forums.

    CORE MODULES Leadership in practice / Developing the reflective leader

    Although this might be your first experience of volunteering overseas, you probably have extensive strategic management experience and you're looking to build a portfolio of international experience. Your assignments will be mix of hands-on work with local projects and building strategic relationships with our partners.  You'll gain an understanding of the wider context in which IVJ operates and potentially develop new projects for IVJ.

    ASSESSMENT Demonstrate your awareness of the wider strategic context through a critcal incident review, the impact on peoples lives and how your skills have made a difference.

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  • HOW WE WORK IVJ OFFERS PEOPLE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO STEP OUTSIDE THE DAY-TO-DAY AND EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEERING IN SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST CHALLENGING REGIONS. INTRODUCTION

  • Introduction

    IVJ offers people a unique opportunity to volunteer in some of the worlds most challenging regions.

    The programmes we support have been selected because they are amongst the best directed and most innovative when it comes to delivering real world solutions to problems that are all too real.  IVJ projects empower people, helping to take skills and knowledge right into the heart of the communities that stand to benefit. Our emphasis is on creating lasting change both in our target communities and in the volunteers we send to work with them.

    All IVJ placements combine on-the-ground engagement with integrated training for a recognised ILM qualification. Our mix of vocational as well as experiential personal development sets us apart in our field. As does our commitment to personal coaching and online learning with some of the most respected practitioners in their field.

    Key to finding the Inspirational Volunteer Journey that will allow you to do the most good whilst using and developing your own skills is a knowledgeable staff and a well defined placement  process. IVJ prides itself on having both.

  • Ethics

    IVJ recruits volunteers whose skills match the needs of local communities and the non profit organisations which support them. Our first task is to work with local communities and voluntary organisations to help them to develop plans for improving their quality of life. Working together we identify which roles and responsibilities could be supported by skilled volunteers. Then we recruit volunteers whose skills match these needs.

    IVJ never recruits to roles that could be performed by local people but we do recruit volunteers who can share their skills with local people to help them get access to opportunities that otherwise might have been beyond their reach.

    IVJ works with champions of change in developing nations and we know that they are perfectly able to tell their own story. This is why IVJ in the UK is diaspora led. Our overseas partners are local charitable trusts whose constitutions ensure that the interests of the most disavantaged are represented, especially women and girls.

  • The defining moment

    You’ve reached that point in your life when you know that you need to give something back. You're not looking for a holiday - you want to make a tangible contribution towards tackling global poverty. To help you do this we need to match your skills with the needs of the projects. So we ask you to provide us with comprehensive information about your motivation and skills. Take some time to complete the registration form as comprehensively as you can. One of our team will be in touch within 48 hours of receiving your application.

    Our personal service

    With IVJ you can travel, make a lasting difference where it’s needed and come back with practical skills and a recognised leadership qualification.  Our training team are routinely in contact with the projects overseas and will give you up to date information about what you can expect on your volunteer assignment.

    Many of our volunteers will be looking for a placement that will expose them to greater challenges and give them learning that they can use to develop their careers. We think that’s great and we positively encourage this, especially for diaspora volunteers. Our training team will help you clarify your personal goals and organise a volunteering assignment which will help you to achieve them.

  • Getting ready for your journey

    Your placement will be scheduled to enable you to receive at least 30 hours of guided learning before you depart. As well as developing leadership, teamwork and communication skills the training covers local history, geography and social norms, background to the project, in-country arrangements and safety and security. This is also a great opportunity to meet other volunteers and often returned volunteers will be there to give you first hand insight into what it will be like on your assignment.

    Your inspirational journey

    Your volunteer journey can be anything between 4-12 weeks. As the placements may be short term we want to make sure that both you and the project get the most out of your placement. We work with both parties to clarify the elements of a 3 way agreement between you, the project and IVJ. Action learning sets during the volunteer placement create the opportunity to share knowledge and skills with other local leaders and volunteers.

    Your personal journey will be unique but our approach to all assignments is consistent; we ask you to 'teach a man to fish'. Our capacity building philosophy means that as far as possible we want you leave your skills behind. Typically, you woulld 'buddy-up' with another local volunteer or worker in the organisation to ensure lasting impact of the volunteer placement.

  • On assignment

    Whilst in country you will work under the guidance of a project manager who will make your stay as fulfilling as possible and ensure that you meet your placement objectives. Remember, you will be supporting the project to achieve specific outcomes which without you they might otherwise not achieve. It may be a long time before someone with your skills is available to them again. It’s vitally important that they get the most out of you whilst you are there and that you get the most out of your experience with them. This is why the placement agreement is so important.

    Coming home

    Volunteering can be a life changing experience. You will have experienced a personal journey like no other and we hope you are inspired to continue to support IVJ and the projects we develop. Many of our volunteers will return to their projects and in between time will maintain mentoring relationships on line. Many will be inspired to raise funds and to send vital equipment. However you choose to continue supporting the projects, we will be there to help you.

    We ask just two things of our volunteers when they get back home; be prepared to write a short report (high points and low points)! And be prepared to share your experiences.

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  • HOW WE WORK IVJ OFFERS PEOPLE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO STEP OUTSIDE THE DAY-TO-DAY AND EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEERING IN SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST CHALLENGING REGIONS. INTRODUCTION

  • Introduction

    IVJ offers people a unique opportunity to volunteer in some of the worlds most challenging regions.

    The programmes we support have been selected because they are amongst the best directed and most innovative when it comes to delivering real world solutions to problems that are all too real.  IVJ projects empower their subjects, helping to take skills and knowledge right into the heart of the communities that stand to benefit. Our emphasis is on creating lasting change both in our target communities and in the volunteers we send to work with them.

    All IVJ placements combine on-the-ground engagement with integrated training for a recognised ILM qualification. Our mix of quantative as well as qualitative personal development sets us apart in our field. As does our commitment to personal coaching and online learning with some of the most respected practitioners in their field.

    Key to finding the Inspirational Volunteer Journey that will allow you to do the most good whilst using and developing your own skills is a knowledgeable staff and a well defined placement  process. IVJ prides itself on having both.

  • Ethics

    IVJ recruits volunteers whose skills match the needs of local communities and the non profit organisations which support them. Our first task is to work with local communities and voluntary organisations to help them to develop plans for improving their quality of life. working together we identify which roles and responsibilities could be supported by skilled volunteers. Then we recruit volunteers whose skills match these needs.

    IVJ never recruits to roles that could be performed by local people but we do recruit volunteers who can offer training to local people to help them get access to opportunities that otherwise might have been beyond their reach

  • The defining moment

    You’ve reached that point in your life when you know that you need to give something back. Let us help to fine the inspirational volunteer journey that is right for you. We ask you to provide us with comprehensive information about your motivation and skills. Take some time to complete the registration form as comprehensively as you can. Once we have received your form our personal advisor will be in touch.

    Our Personal Service

    Our personal advisors have all volunteered and will be familiar with the projects. They will be able to give you first hand information about the countries and projects you are interested in.

    Many of our Diaspora volunteers will be looking for a placement that will expose them to greater challenges and give them learning that they can use to develop their careers. We think that’s great and we positively encourage this. Our team of coaches and mentors will contact you to help you clarify your personal goals and organise a volunteering assignment which will help you to achieve them.

  • Getting ready for your journey

    Pre-departure preparation is vital to an IVJ. Modelled on best practice developed over many years by the VSO, we offer a rolling programme of pre-departure training. Your placement will be scheduled to enable you to receive the training before you depart. The training covers local history, geography and social norms, background to the project, in-country arrangements and safety and security. This is also a great opportunity to meet other volunteers and often returned volunteers will be there to give you first hand insight into what it will be like on your assignment.

    Your inspirational journey

    Your volunteer journey can be anything between 4-12 weeks. As the placements are short term we want to make sure that both you the project get the most out of the experience. We work with both parties to clarify the elements of a 3 way agreement between you the project and IVJ.

    Your personal journey will be unique but our approach to all assignments is consistent; we ask you to teach a man to fish. Our capacity building philosophy means that as far as possible we want you leave your skills behind. Every volunteer is asked to mentor and someone in the organisation to ensure lasting impact of the volunteer placement.

  • On assignment

    Whilst in country you will work under the guidance of a project manager who is there to make you stay as fulfilling as possible and to ensure that you meet your placement objectives. Remember, you will be supporting the project to achieve specific outcomes which without you they might otherwise not achieve. It may be a long time before someone with your skills is available to them again. It’s vitally important that they get the most out of you whilst you are there and that you get the most out of your experience with them. This is why the placement agreement is so important.

    Coming home

    Volunteering can be a life changing experience. You will have experienced a personal journey like no other and we hope you are inspired to continue to support IVJ and the projects we develop. Many of our volunteers will return to their projects and in between time will maintain mentoring relationships on line. Many will be inspired to raise funds and to send vital equipment. However you choose to continue supporting the projects, we will be there to help you.

    We ask just two things of our volunteers when they get back home; be prepared to write a short report (high points and low points)! And be prepared to share your experiences.

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