Volunteering with Project Trust is an adventure, and the first part of that adventure (after applying) is making your way to our headquarters on the Isle of Coll for Selection.
Overview of Selection
The Project Trust Selection Course lasts for four days. Volunteering for a year is a massive commitment, and spending a week on Coll gives you the chance to get to know Project Trust as an organisation, and gives us enough time to make an informed decision as to whether you would be suitable for a long-term voluntary placement.
Throughout the week you’ll take part in a range of activities including group tasks, community volunteering, interviews, giving a presentation and teaching a lesson. The activities throughout the week are designed to give all the candidates a chance to demonstrate their different strengths, allowing us to match their skills to the requirements of host partners and communities.
Project Trust Selection Course, Isle of Coll
Project Trust Selection Accommodation
For your stay on Coll you’ll live with a host family, giving you the chance to immerse yourself in the community of the island.
People on Coll have been hosting volunteers for up to 30 years, and take great pride in the island’s hospitable, welcoming culture.
Learn more about our Gap Year Projects…
Of course you’ll want to know about the type of work you can do overseas on your Gap Year, and the countries you can volunteer in. During the Project Trust Selection Course you’ll receive presentations about all the countries we send volunteers to, and you’ll have the chance to speak to members of staff responsible for coordinating our country programmes to help you make a decision about where you might like to volunteer.
On average, we are able to offer around 80% of candidates a place overseas. Even those who are not offered a place overseas tell us how much they have learnt about themselves over these four days, and we are happy to provide verbal feedback to parents or teachers of applicants we cannot place.
The amount of volunteers on each Selection Course varies depending on the time of year, but you’ll be on Coll with between 12 and 40 other like-minded young people from the UK and Europe, and we look forward to welcoming you all to the island.
Booking onto Selection…
The selection deposit is non-refundable and guarantees your place on your chosen course and covers your return ferry tickets from Oban and your food and accommodation on the Isle of Coll. It also counts towards your final fundraising total for your placement overseas.
The actual costs for each individual to attend selection on the Isle of Coll are greater than £150 but Project Trust covers the additional costs through its own fundraising efforts.
“Coming all the way to Coll made it feel like the start of an adventure. I couldn’t imagine getting told you’re moving to a new country when you’d only filled out a form online. It was invaluable to talk to staff members about the different countries so I could make an informed decision.”
Heloise Allan, Project Trust’s Education Development Officer, volunteered with Project Trust in Vietnam
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