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country Great Britain: ROCK FARM CONCUKTEEN01-20
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5/07/2020 - 13/07/2020
Additional host fee GBP 400
Agricultural
Environmental
Manual Work
13 volunteers (6Male / 7female still needed)
Agricultural
Environmental
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With the host, the volunteers will be involved in maintenance of the plot of the farm. Tasks will include watering, weeding, planting and digging, as well as learning and using permaculture techniques. The group members might also help developing Rock Farm’s plot, for example by building educational areas or other improvement works, as well as various manual tasks at the farm. On some days the group members might meet local volunteers and vulnerable adults, who use the farm as a therapeutic outdoor working space. Depending on the needs of the host organisation at the time of the project, there might be also the chance to spend one day doing volunteering work in Brighton, either doing maintenance work at One Church headquarters or helping with one of the social activities organised for the community of Brighton and Hove. Cultural visits and leisure activities will be organised together with the group with the aim of practising the English language.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will be accommodated in a church hall in Brighton, sleeping on camp beds and sleeping bags in separate dorm rooms for male and female; there is a big kitchen and toilets, while showers will be taken in a nearby hostel. Volunteers will be taken each day to Rock Farm with a minibus – it takes about 30 minutes from the accommodation to reach the farm. The accommodation is about 30 mins walk from central Brighton, so the volunteers will have the chance to visit this lovely and vibrant seaside city full of sights and fun things to do. The group will be in charge of cooking.

Location and leisure

Rock Farm is based near Steyning, about 20 miles from Brighton. Volunteers will have the chance to visit the local area and go for hikes in the countryside. Visits to close-by sites will ensure that the group get the whole feeling of the area, and learn about living in the British culture.

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After a successful project last year, Concordia will host again during summer 2020 a group of international teenagers to help Rock Farm near Brighton maintain and develop their local community farm. Rock Farm is part of One Church Brighton, an organisation with several social project in and around Brighton area. Rock Farm grows produce on six acres of community land in West Sussex, offering access to horticultural therapy and community gardening for a range of volunteers and vulnerable groups. The farm follows permaculture principles and grows organic vegetables sold throughout the year at a local market in Brighton; all sales profits go to fund several social and educational activities organised by One Church Brighton for vulnerable people in different areas of Brighton and Hove.

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ACCESSIBILITY: Volunteers need to be able to work outdoors in all type of weather, and walk a few kilometres on uneven ground. EXTRA FEE: £400 (GBP) – this covers all costs of food, accommodation, transportation and leisure activities organized during the project. The fee can be paid through Paypal with a link provided by Concordia on application. Please note that there is no need to be registered with Paypal in order to make this payment.

Requirements

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers who enjoy working outdoors and get their hands dirty are welcome. A motivation letter and parental consent are required.
Organization CONCORDIA UK Age 16 - 17 Age
Nearest terminal Nearest airport: Gatwick airport Nearest train station: Brighton train station. Languages spoken English
country Great Britain: YMCA FAIRTHORNE MANOR VOLUNTEER DAY CONCUKMTV02-20
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6/07/2020 - 4/09/2020
Additional host fee GBP 50
Kids
Sport
2 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
Kids
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You will be joining the very successful Daycamp programme as a Volunteer group leader, and trained in a variety of activities including Obstacle Course, Aqua Slide and Den Building, as well as group games and Playwork. You will have responsibility for the well-being of groups of children aged 4-16 and will be their support and inspiration while they are here. You will need enthusiasm and imagination to welcome and provide an amazing experience for the children. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Actively engaging children/young people, providing encouragement and support • Being a welcoming and caring individual and an inspirational role model • Working with and respecting others in a large and diverse team • Being responsible for children’s welfare and pastoral needs during their stay • Leading non ropes/water activities • Ensuring quality provision and consistency of care • Supporting Activity Instructors in “Kitting up/down” • Assisting in the supervision of children on Instructor led activities • Supervising the children’s lunch & break times and during “Manor Shop” time. • Depending on age and ability, taking children to the toilet/helping them change out of wet clothes • Managing children’s behaviour with support from the Age Group Leader • To act in the interests of your own safety & the safety of others at all times • Anything else reasonably requested by the management of the organisation • To follow YMCA Fairthorne Group’s Safe Guarding, Child Protection and Safer Working practice policies at all times. Taking any concerns regarding a health or/and wellbeing to your line manager or senior management.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will be allocated a basic room, which may be shared with up to 4 other volunteers/instructors. Three meals a day will be provided in the dining room and there are toilet and shower facilities and a washing machine. PLEASE NOTE, do not expect a 5* hotel! Fairthorne is more like a youth hostel with dormitory-style accommodation and basic facilities.

Location and leisure

Fairthorne Manor is located in a village called Curdridge which is near the city of Southampton on the South Coast of England. It is about 15 minutes’ walk from Fairthorne Manor into the village where there are shops and pubs. The nearest train station is Botley from where it is about half an hour’s journey into Southampton city centre.

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YMCA Fairthorne Group is a fast-growing charity. Our mission is to champion and add value to young lives by providing experiences that challenge, enable and develop the individual. Fairthorne Manor, part of the Fairthorne Group, delivers outdoor education and environmental programmes to over 20,000 children and young people each year on both a residential and day basis. The Outdoor programme consists of a wide range of activities, including canoeing, climbing, bush-craft, abseiling, archery and a range of team games and pastoral activities. During term time, we deliver a diverse outdoor education programme to school and community groups, whilst during the holidays, we run an enormously successful Daycamp programme for children aged 4 to 16 years, catering for up to 500 children per day. We also run children’s birthday parties and family open days and camping, corporate team building days and community events such as Youth band practice, church meetings and counselling groups. Fairthorne Manor delivers services and programmes 7 days of the week throughout most of the year.

Additional comments

POCKET MONEY: Volunteers are provided with £70 per week pocket money. TRAINING: The YMCA offers full and comprehensive training in all elements of running outdoor activities. WORKING HOURS: You will work Monday-Friday and have Saturdays and Sundays off. Your hours of work will be any set period between 7.45 am-6.00 pm, some evening work will also be required. Please note the arrival date is the 6th July and the departure date the 4th September. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Volunteers who are interested in this position need to request an information/application pack. Volunteers need to provide a certificate of good conduct /police check from their home country, application form including motivational letter, and provide two references, including one from their most recent school/ college or employer. EXTRAFEE: £50 (GBP) - a small contribution to Concordia’s administration fees. Once applications have been shortlisted, a skype interview will usually be conducted before confirming a place.

Requirements

Volunteer profile: • A caring, welcoming individual, who actively engages with children and adults alike, who listens and shows respect to all, and can be an exciting and inspiring role model. • A genuine enthusiasm for the work of the organisation. • Ability and willingness to relate positively to customers (many of whom are children) and staff. • Ability to motivate others. • Ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines. • A creative and flexible approach to the work of the organisation. • Good level of English is required EXPERIENCE: Some experience of working with groups of young people in educational, youth or sporting environment.
Organization CONCORDIA UK Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal TRAVEL: Nearest airport: London or Southampton Airports - Nearest train station: Botley train station Languages spoken English
country Great Britain: OTHONA COMMUNITY I VAP UK-03
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25/07/2020 - 8/08/2020
Additional host fee GBP 90
Manual Work
Environmental
12 volunteers (6Male / 6female still needed)
Manual Work
Environmental
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During the summer we will be helping with the day to day running of the community, and interacting with our guests and members, ongoing work to the grounds and gardens, ditches to be cleared and fencing to be repaired and painted.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation will be in tents (Please bring your own) close to the community centre. Food will be healthy and home-made. Vegetarian diets can be catered for.

Location and leisure

The Othona Community is situated on the east coast of Essex, next to a nature reserve. It is 5 Km from the nearest village. During the volunteers’ time there, there will be themed study weeks. Details of these events can be viewed on Othona's website http://www.othona-bradwell.org.uk/Events Outside their work duties volunteers are encouraged to join in these activities.

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The Othona Community in Bradwell-on-Sea was founded in 1946. It is a residential centre for people of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds to seek a common understanding in the cause of peace. Othona has welcomed VAP volunteers since the early 1970's. Othona is a multi-faith non-dogmatic Christian Community founded next to one of the oldest churches in the UK (654AD). It fully involves non-Christians. It is an experimental community where work, play, drama, art and study are combined. Volunteers will be fully integrated in the life of the community.

Meeting point

At the Othona Community. Please check Info Sheet.

Additional comments

HOSTING FEE: Volunteers will be asked to pay a fee of £90 GBP upon arrival. VAP charges this fee as without it we would be virtually unable to organise any projects in the UK.
Organization Volunteer Action for Peace Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Southminster train station. Bradwell-on-Sea bus stop. Languages spoken English
country Great Britain: Living History UNA 2003
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8/08/2020 - 31/08/2020
Additional host fee GBP 50
Renovation
Manual Work
15 volunteers (8Male / 7female still needed)
Renovation
Manual Work
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The camp covers three weeks with the focus being to restore the roof of Downend Cottage, with volunteers having the opportunity to learn traditional skills in carpentry, masonry and roofing as part of the process. Being a large site, there will be a variety of other work throughout the camp to help keep the site looking beautiful, for example dry stone walling, gardening, path clearing, cooking, woodworking, and haymaking.

Accomodation and food

Volunteers will camp in tents and cooking will be done on wood fires. Facilities are very basic – there are no showers, piped water or modern facilities on site. We use composting toilets. Visits will be organized to the local swimming pool where there are showers. Volunteers camp in tents and cooking will be done over open fires in the main farmhouse. In hotter years it is feasible to improvise showers on site, though hot water is limited by what is possible to heat over a fire.

Location and leisure

The camp is close to the historic cities of Cardiff, Bristol, and Bath which are near enough for volunteers to visit during rest days. In the last weekend we will be visiting a historical event in South Wales, and camp volunteers will have the opportunity to take part in the event.

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Grayhill Historical Farm was bought by the Historical Land Group Trust. A full landscape restoration to its probable condition around 1580-1660 was started in 1987 and to date two and a half sets of farm buildings have been restored in stone with thatch or Stone tile roofs. The land use comprises hay meadows, pasture, coppice woodland, orchards, gardens and arable. Over 220 fruit trees of varieties pre dating 1660 are now well established. The site has been used for a number of purposes throughout the years, including school educational visits, children’s camps, filming, retreats, international camps, feasting, and traditional crafts.

Meeting point

Severn Junction Station - time to be confirmed or Chepstow Coach Station - time

Requirements

WHAT TO BRING • Old clothes for working in • Boots or wellies for garden work (we have some spare wellies) • Waterproof coat and trousers • Insect repellant and sunscreen • Toiletries and towel • Musical instruments and songs/stories to share from your country • Torch • Sleeping bag • Tents will be provided, however these are shared with other volunteers. Please do bring your own tent if you would like your own privacy. British weather is unpredictable. Be prepared for warm and cold weather, sometimes on the same day! Disclaimer: Volunteers (and outgoing officers) should not make travel arrangements until notified by hosting organisation.
Organization UNA Exchange Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Trains to Severn Tunnel Junction Station from London, Bristol or Cardiff Coach to Chepstow Languages spoken English
country Great Britain: OTHONA COMMUNITY II VAP UK-04
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8/08/2020 - 22/08/2020
Additional host fee GBP 90
Manual Work
Environmental
12 volunteers (6Male / 6female still needed)
Manual Work
Environmental
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During the summer we will be helping with the day to day running of the community, and interacting with our guests and members, ongoing work to the grounds and gardens, ditches to be cleared and fencing to be repaired and painted.

Accomodation and food

Accommodation will be in tents (Please bring your own) close to the community centre. Food will be healthy and home-made. Vegetarian diets can be catered for.

Location and leisure

The Othona Community is situated on the east coast of Essex, next to a nature reserve. It is 5 Km from the nearest village. During the volunteers’ time there, there will be themed study weeks. Details of these events can be viewed on Othona's website http://www.othona-bradwell.org.uk/Events Outside their work duties volunteers are encouraged to join in these activities.

Project hosted by

The Othona Community in Bradwell-on-Sea was founded in 1946. It is a residential centre for people of different ages, nationalities and backgrounds to seek a common understanding in the cause of peace. Othona has welcomed VAP volunteers since the early 1970's. Othona is a multi-faith non-dogmatic Christian Community founded next to one of the oldest churches in the UK (654AD). It fully involves non-Christians. It is an experimental community where work, play, drama, art and study are combined. Volunteers will be fully integrated in the life of the community.

Meeting point

At the Othona Community. Please check Info Sheet.

Additional comments

HOSTING FEE: Volunteers will be asked to pay a fee of £90 GBP upon arrival. VAP charges this fee as without it we would be virtually unable to organise any projects in the UK.
Organization Volunteer Action for Peace Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Southminster train station. Bradwell-on-Sea bus stop. Languages spoken English
country Great Britain: CAMPHILL BLAIR DRUMMOND - LTV Septe CONCUKLTV04D-20
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12/09/2020 - 11/09/2021
Additional host fee GBP 50
Disabilities
1 volunteers (1Male / 1female still needed)
Disabilities
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Volunteers will help with the following tasks: • Encourage residents to follow their daily plan, helping them to be organised for the day • To fully participate in daily life within the family home – encourage residents to participate in tasks and join in socially with recreational activities and participating in meetings. • To encourage residents to participate with meaningful activities within our artistic and land based workshops (bakery, basketry, craft, pottery, textiles, garden, estate and woodwork). • To help residents join in with social events and activities such as swimming, football, music, horse riding, etc..

Accomodation and food

Volunteers have a room in the house with the residents or in the nearby castle which is 2 minutes’ walk away. All volunteers are part of the resident’s family home Social areas of the house are shared with residents and staff of CBD. Volunteers stay in single rooms (where possible) or shared double room, which are large. Single beds are available in each room with wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside cabinet, and bedside lamp. Showers/baths within the house or volunteer bathrooms within the castle. Volunteers have a washing machine, tumble drier or can use the ones in the house at specified times. Volunteers are provided with food and have use of a kitchen with all appliances available.

Location and leisure

CBD is located near the village of Doune (2 miles away) with shops, café’ and pub. Bicycles are provided for local transport. Stirling city is 6 miles away, with regular buses up to 9pm – Stirling has a leisure centre, shops, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, cinema and hospital.

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Camphill Blaire Drummond (CBD) is a mutually supportive and purposeful community for adults with learning disabilities. Our residents live a fulfilled and meaningful life and are encouraged and supported to realise their fullest potential. We provide a home environment, meaningful activities and friendship within a warm, friendly, supportive community, enabling residents to live, learn, work and relax. Situated amidst rolling hills and breath-taking scenery on the outskirts of Stirling, CBD provides residential and day care activities for those with learning disabilities and special needs. Ideally located within Central Scotland, CBD is home for its residents. Day care students join Monday – Friday and come from Glasgow, Edinburgh and further afield. Volunteers either live in one of seven houses alongside residents or will have a room in the castle, which is the centre of our community. All international volunteers share life with residents within their family home. CBD values are: • ‘The Individual – being at the centre of all we do. • Realising Potential – enabling the individual to grow and reach their potential. • Creativity – providing activities that allow the individual to use their skills and abilities, enabling them to experience new possibilities. • Engagement – participation in purposeful activities to enrich both the individual and the community. • Community and Empowerment – the individual is treated with respect and dignity at all times, has their rights to privacy respected and are supported to make choices”. Presently, there are 7 family homes and 35 volunteers. Members of staff – one house leader and 3 support workers per house, are responsible for the care and support of the residents. Christian festivals are celebrated throughout the year which provides a framework for artistic activities (crafts, pottery, baking, carpentry, basketry) as well as land based activities within our kitchen and potages gardens. Support staff are responsible for the residents/ day students within the workshops. As well as international live-in volunteers, there are also local volunteers who join CBD for a few hours or one/two days per week to support residents in workshops/ houses or spend individual social time with the residents.

Additional comments

TRAINING: Volunteers will receive a comprehensive training and induction programme. There will be an ongoing weekly foundation/core skill course covering all mandatory training (health and safety, moving and handling, food/hygiene, cook safely). There will also be in-house training (understanding/awareness of learning disabilities, community ethos and fire safety). HOLIDAY: 4 weeks during each twelve-month placement. POCKET MONEY: Volunteers receive £50 per week for their own personal expenses. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Volunteers who are interested in this position need to request an information/application pack. Applicants should ask for an APPLICATION PACK before applying. -2 professional references are needed as well as a Certificate of Good Conduct (CGC)/police check and a Medical certificate. -A Skype interview will be arranged individually for all volunteers. SEND US YOUR APPLICATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE as they will be processed as soon as we received them. If you need a VISA to the UK, latest date to send applications is 8th June 2020 ACCESSIBILITY: Volunteers need to have a reasonable level of physical fitness. DATES: arrival and departure dates can change slightly and will be agreed with the volunteer during the selection and interview process

Requirements

Volunteers should be have good conversational English skills, in order to communicate with the residents.
Organization CONCORDIA UK Age 18 - 99 Age
Nearest terminal Nearest train stations: Stirling Train Station. Languages spoken English
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