Every Project Trust volunteer has a completely unique experience, and your year volunteering is very much your own. But we’ve been helping volunteers have the experience of a lifetime for almost 50 years, and if you need our support on your Gap Year, we’re right behind you all the way.
Fundraising is a big job, and seems very daunting at first. Throughout your fundraising period you’ll have the assistance of a Project Trust Fundraising Support Officer, who is available to provide ideas, inspiration, advice and motivation. Almost 7,000 volunteers have reached their fundraising targets since Project Trust started – it is a challenge, but one we know you can overcome.
Overseas Gap Year Support
Whilst overseas you have the backing of a three-tier support system. Each country group has a Desk Officer on Coll, a member of Project Trust staff who is responsible for the coordination, training, safety and well-being of the volunteers. Desk Officers visit every project in the countries they are responsible for each year, giving the volunteers a chance to demonstrate the great work they have been doing and have any problems that may have arisen addressed in person.
The second tier of support is an Overseas Representative, who lives in the country the volunteers are in. Each country group has a dedicated Rep, who will have a high level of knowledge about and strong network of contacts in that country. Finally, each project has a Host who is responsible for the day-to-day care of the volunteers. Project Hosts generally work in the establishment the volunteers are working in, and are respected members of their community.
Post Gap Year Support
After your year volunteering you’ll come back to Coll for a Debriefing course. 12 months working overseas is inevitably challenging, with many highs and lows, and Debriefing is a chance to process and reflect on your experience, give Project Trust feedback and celebrate all your work.
Project Trust Community
Beyond Debriefing you are still very much a part of The Project Trust Community, a network of almost 7,000 Returned Volunteers, and Project Trust remain available should you need support, advice or a reference.
“Project Trust is a highly ethical charity that took time and effort to discover about me and my choices. I chose them because I felt they cared about their volunteers and projects. They’ve seen everything, and you couldn’t be in better hands. They offer a wide experience: it isn’t just one opportunity, it’s thousands. I know that now I have finished volunteering with Project Trust I’ve joined a larger family that I can be part of a long time after my year out.”
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