Frequently asked Questions

If after reading through the frequently asked questions below, you are still unsure about any aspect of the Project Trust Volunteering Programme, please email the office or give us a call on 01879 230444.

In January we provide volunteers with a list of recommended inoculations which comes from our medical advisors, InterHealth. The final placement information sent in May has details of everything your son or daughter needs to do before training. They will get more information on training and there will be plenty of time to complete courses of injections before flights.

During Selection on the Isle of Coll, candidates learn about the countries and projects where Project Trust operates, and we learn about the candidates skills and interests. At the end of the course candidates choose the countries which interest them most and we then try and match them to one of our overseas projects. We match around 80% of candidates that attend Selection.

We understand the concerns that your parents may have and would be happy to talk them through the process. We also have a parents’ support network of returned volunteers’ parents that we can put in touch with your parents. We hold annual meetings for your parents, and your Desk Officer is always available for questions, advice and support.

Project Trust is all about the individual, and creating the very best year out for you. Therefore, we find it difficult to place people together. However, you and your friend could both apply to Project Trust and have the Project Trust experience together, even if you do end up going to different countries.

No. You will go overseas in pairs, and occasionally threes or fours.

Your host will sort out your accommodation for you, and this will differ from project to project. You may have your own flat with your partner, live in school accommodation, in an orphanage or occasionally with a family.

Yes. You will receive a living allowance from Project Trust or your overseas host, which will be enough to live on, on a day-to-day basis.

Yes, definitely. Universities regard a well-structured year out very highly as it reflects personal qualities that are not seen through academic ability alone. Universities are aware of what a year out can do for a young person. Universities are very positive about the benefits of a year out and volunteering with Project Trust may well enhance your UCAS (or similar) application.

We urge you to arrange this as soon as possible. You may find that deferred entry is the best option, but it is possible to apply to university online when you are overseas. If you have to attend a university interview, we will work closely with you to minimise the potential expense and disruption this might involve.

Yes, during selection you will learn about the countries and projects on our programme. You will have the opportunity to speak to staff who have visited all the projects or may even have volunteered in the country you are interested in. At the end of the course you choose the countries which interest you most and we then try and match your skills and interests to a project.

It very much depends on the nature of the problem. Some illnesses may affect where you’re placed, but not necessarily stop you from going overseas.

Yes, we specialise in training our volunteers to do this, in small groups and to a high standard. It’s a very useful skill for your future.

All of our projects require a minimum education standard. We are looking for a minimum of six GCSEs (or equivalent) of grade ‘C’ or above. We also expect our candidates to be in full-time education, studying A-Levels, Scottish Highers or equivalent prior to departure.

Between August and January, depending on whether you are going for the 8 or 12 month programme. You will return late August, in time for debriefing. Air travel to your project country is usually organised from London.

No. You do however need an EU passport (valid until six months after your scheduled return home). Although Project Trust is a UK-based organisation, we regularly send volunteers from other EU countries. We have well established links with schools in Eire and the Netherlands.

You can attend any of the selection courses from April to December. We may run a February selection course for particip8 applicants only.

We match around 85% of Selection Course attendees to a project.

You should be between 17 (18 for Japan) and 19 at the time of your departure.

No, but we will consider you if you are doing a foundation course at college or university.