Project Trust training course are compulsory and take place just before you go overseas on your Project Trust gap year.
Overview of Project Trust Training
Project Trust Training is designed to ensure you are prepared for your year overseas; prepared for the work you’ll be doing, the country you’ll be living and how to travel responsibly and keep yourself safe. We want you to be ready to deliver the maximum benefit to the community you’re volunteering in, and get the maximum benefit yourself from your year overseas.
You attend Training with the other volunteers who will be working in the same country as you, as well as one or two other country groups. It will be the first time you meet the volunteer you are paired with for the year, and is also a chance to get to know your Desk Officer, the member of staff responsible for the volunteers in your country.
Throughout the week you’ll receive training focussed on the type of work you’ll be doing overseas, be it teaching, social care or outward bound. This training will be delivered by qualified and experienced members of staff to give you the best introduction possible to the role you’ll be working in.
You’ll also receive training from your Desk Officer about the country and specific project you’ll be volunteering in. This will cover roles and responsibilities, cultural awareness and conduct. You’re going to be living with and working in a new community, so will need to know as much about it as possible before you arrive.
Obviously that is a lot to cover in four days, and Project Trust Training is certainly intensive, both in terms of how many hours you work each day and how much you learn in a short space of time. But it is also fun, and you’ll form strong bonds with your country group, Desk Officer and volunteering partner. Unlike Selection you’ll be living in the dorm rooms at the Hebridean Centre, so you’ll have time in the evenings to socialise with your country group. By the final night you’ll be prepared to volunteer overseas, pretty tired, and more than ready for the end of course ceilidh!
Project Trust Training Dates 2017
Course 1|Mon 26th – Fri 30th June
Honduras & India
Course 2|Sun 2nd – Thurs 6th July
Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guyana & Zambia
Course 3|Thurs 6th – Mon 10th July
Botswana, Hong Kong, South Africa & Swaziland
Course 4|Mon 10th – Fri 14th July
Chile, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal and Peru
Course 5|Sun 16th – Thurs 20th July
Cambodia, China & Malaysia
Course 6|Thurs 20th – Mon 24th July
Japan, Senegal, Sri Lanka & Thailand
‘Please be aware that your project placement and country will not be confirmed fully until the first week in May, therefore we would advise against booking travel to Training or any holidays until you have received your placement email.’
“Project Trust Training did provide me with useful information about my country. Once you learn more and know more about your project you can begin to seriously think about what you’re about to embark on and the excitement grows.”
Project Trust’s 2015/16 eight month Volunteers come to Coll for their Training course
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