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Training Course

Our Training Course will help to prepare you for your year abroad, including work skills, country orientation and guidance on safe and responsible travel.

You will receive interactive training on the type of volunteering work you will be doing abroad. You will have an orientation with your Country Coordinator on the country, your host placement, your role and responsibilities, as well as cultural awareness, conduct and safety briefings. This information will help you to settle in when you arrive in your new community abroad.

Training is intensive but fun. You will form strong bonds with your country group, Country Coordinator and volunteering partner. You will be staying in dormitory rooms at the Hebridean Centre and will have time in the evenings to socialise with your country group. By the final night you will be prepared for your volunteering experience, pretty tired and more than ready for the end of course ceilidh.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hebridean Centre on the Isle of Coll for an intense, fun and rewarding few days!

Next steps:

See below for information on key dates, travel arrangements and accommodation.

It is essential that you attend your designated Training Course in person.

  • Key Dates
    Arrive Oban Travel to Coll Return to Oban
    Training Course 1
    (Honduras, Thailand, Japan)
    Sunday 3rd July 2022 Monday 4th July 2022 Friday 8th July 2022
    Training Course 2
    (Ghana, Senegal, Malawi)
    Sunday 21st Aug 2022 Monday 22nd Aug 2022 Friday 26th Aug 2022
  • Travel

    Travel to Oban

    Please make your own travel arrangements, ensuring that you arrive in Oban on the day specified in Key Dates, ready to take the ferry to the Isle of Coll early the following morning.

    • Please check the ScotRail website for up-to-date information on train times and any planned works.
    • Make sure that you leave yourself enough time to get connecting trains from Glasgow Queen Street Station.
    • CityLink buses are another option for getting to and from Oban.

    Ferry from Oban to Coll and back

    The ferry timetable can be found below.  The journey to the Isle of Coll takes around three hours. You must make sure you are at the booking office no later than 30 minutes before departure to collect your ferry ticket and fill in a boarding card. Project Trust will book and pay for your return ferry ticket in advance so you do not need to book anything just give your name and say you are with Project Trust when collecting your ticket. Please keep the return portion of your ticket safe.

    Project Trust will meet you on arrival at the Isle of Coll. Please have breakfast on the ferry as training sessions will begin as soon as you arrive at the Hebridean Centre.

    Ferry status updates and the full timetable can be found by following the links below. Please check the status before your arrival in Oban:

    Please note that, as a group, your enthusiasm may be a little overwhelming so please be considerate of other travellers on the early morning ferry.

  • Accommodation in Oban

    You are required to arrange accommodation in Oban for the night before the ferry. We suggest you do this as soon as possible as Oban gets very busy in the summer. For discounted accommodation try:

    Backpackers Plus Tel: 01631 567189 – Use code ‘ptrust13’ to receive a 10% discount

    Oban Youth Hostel Tel: 08701 553255

    Oban Tourist Board Tel: 01631 563122

    Do not forget to set your alarm for an early start!

  • On Coll

    You will be staying at the Hebridean Centre, Project Trust’s residential centre and headquarters on the Isle of Coll. Bedding and all meals will be provided.  Most training sessions will take place indoors, however, during your free time you may want to go walking or swimming (within the safety guidelines you will be briefed about on arrival). Please make us aware in advance of any specific dietary requirements.

    Essential items to bring:

    • A towel
    • Smart clothes for the formal reception and ceilidh on the last evening
    • Notebook, pens and all literature you have received about the Training Course
    • Wet weather clothing

    Optional items to bring:

    • A swimsuit
    • Football boots or trainers
    • Musical instruments, games, etc for the evenings

    Refreshments and Project Trust branded clothing will be on sale, cash and cards are accepted.

    Project Trust has a no smoking policy.  Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all Project Trust buildings and vehicles.