What is Project Trust?

Project Trust empowers young people to be confident, effective, creative, independent and resilient through a challenging volunteering experience overseas. Acting as responsible global citizens Volunteers make a positive difference to their overseas host communities and share their learning and understanding when they return home. Our volunteering experience is open to all young people with the desire, motivation and aptitudes required to succeed.

The Original Gap Year Charity

Project Trust has been organising long term voluntary placements in Africa, Asia and Latin America for young people since 1967, making us the most experienced educational charity specialising in overseas volunteering for school-leavers.

From our home on the Hebridean Isle of Coll, we annually select around 300 young people from across the UK for 8 – 12 month overseas teaching, social care and outward bound projects. Working with partners overseas, these projects are carefully chosen to ensure the Volunteers’ skills can be put to good use in their host communities and do not take work away from local people.

Project Trust provides all Volunteers with training and support before, during and after their time overseas, to maximise both the educational value of their experience and the positive impact they have in their projects and host communities.

Volunteers return home with broadened horizons, increased maturity and an impressive range of transferable skills. Volunteers can now receive an accreditation of a Level 3 Foundation Year in Global Volunteering and Citizenship.

Through Project Trust’s Global Citizenship programme, Volunteers are also encouraged to share their experiences and knowledge within their own communities across the UK.

Gap Year Charity Project Trust Volunteer in Ghana

Gap Year Charity work in Ghana

This is our view of education

Education lies at the heart of Project Trust’s work, we are an education charity.

While formal education provides knowledge and understanding of a range of different subjects, it can often fall short on personal development and growth in the pursuit of exam results.

Project Trust’s approach to education is that a challenging long term volunteering placement overseas allows the young person to develop and grow in a more holistic manner. Their knowledge and understanding of the wider world will grow, whilst they learn about themselves and develop a range of skills.

Download our Strategic Vision

Project Trust’s skills framework, based on five core competencies, is used to track our Volunteers’ personal development.

The five core competencies are:

Communicating effectively whilst listening to others will be key to your success as a volunteer. You will need to ensure you are a team-player, willing to work together to achieve a common aim. You will have a positive and encouraging attitude and be sensitive to the needs of others.
You will need to have a positive mindset that perseveres with determination to reach a goal. This will require you to be adaptable in your opinions and actions, reaching solutions through problem solving abilities. Your resilience will allow you to respond to challenges and situations effectively.
Having confidence in your potential will be demonstrated through your maturity in all situations, your ability to take initiative and put yourself forward to make the most of opportunities.
You will motivate, influence and lead others, demonstrating your leadership potential. You will also respect and acknowledge contributions from others. You will be organised and maintain responsible behaviour at all times. You are trustworthy, aware of your obligations and willing to see them through.
This is your sense of global awareness and interest in the world around you. We are also committed to your personal development. You will learn to self-evaluate, looking at your strengths, weaknesses and opportunities.

When Volunteers return home we believe in the importance of them participating as active Global Citizens in their communities – sharing their knowledge and making a valuable contribution to global learning and understanding in the UK. In this way Project Trust’s educational impact and reach goes well beyond 300 young people.

“It gives you the chance to live in a completely different lifestyle that you wouldn’t normally be used to, to experience another culture, make friends and family and help to make a difference; something you just can’t put into words.”

Holly, Chile Gap Year Volunteer

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