Our week-long selection process allows us to make well-informed decisions on whether we have a suitable project for each candidate, and allows candidates to decide whether Project Trust is the right Gap Year organisation for them to volunteer with.
We only send 300 school-leavers overseas each year, allowing the volunteers to get to know our staff team on a personal level. Through our staff’s knowledge of each individual volunteer, our intensive pre-departure training course and our three-tier support system, our volunteers head overseas with the confidence that they are embarking on the adventure of a lifetime, with any assistance they need easily available. When volunteers return from their Gap Year they attend a debriefing course and join Project Trust’s network of almost 7,000 Returned Volunteers.
All our Gap Year placements are long-term, with volunteers staying in project for 12 or 8 months. Staff members visit each project every year to ensure they are delivering a benefit to the host communities, and that volunteers aren’t taking work from the local populace. But it’s not all work: our volunteers are entitled to the same holidays as someone working the same job in the same country, giving them plenty of time to explore Asia, Africa or the Americas.
All Project Trust volunteers have the opportunity to receive a Level Three Foundation Year in Global Volunteering and Citizenship, accredited by One Awards, for completing our Volunteering programme. This gives you something concrete to put on your CV at the end of your Gap Year, in addition to your personal development and the skills you’ll learn.