Category Archives: Volunteering

Volunteer for the MENCAP Street Party

Volunteer for the East Kent Mencap Street Party – 2 August 2019

East Kent Mencap is a charity that supports adults and children with a learning disability to become more independent.

The charity has run a summer event every year since 2008, with the aim of showcasing the work that they do locally for people with learning disabilities, in order to raise both funds and awareness. There will be food and drink, lots of live music, information stalls and all sorts of fun activities.

Event: Street Party 2019

Location: Foresters Hall, Meeting Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9RT

Date: Friday 2nd August 2019

Timings: Open 10am-pm to the public. For volunteer timings & tasks list overleaf – there is some flexibility in timings and volunteers would be welcomed who can help out for 4 or more hours (to make it feasible to complete inductions, handovers etc while the event is underway).

Number of volunteers needed: 20

Risk assessments / public liability insurance in place: Yes

Refreshments: Drinks & sandwiches provided (please make us aware of any allergens)

Parking: There are several pay-and-display carparks within a 5-minute walk, and some on street parking available on surrounding roads. Volunteers/Public will only be able to access as far as the council carpark. Further down the road surrounding our building will be closed for our event.

Volunteering tasks at the Festival include:

Times Tasks to assist with:
8am-10am  

–     Construct Marquee for the rear car park

–     Construct gazebos on front driveway and garden area

–     Help set up DJ area if necessary

–     Put up bunting and other decorations

–     Put up signage

–     Set up tables and chairs for stall holders

–     Take time to learn about activities on offer to enable support to stallholders and festival attendees

–     Set up refreshments in kitchen area

–     Set up BBQ / seating & eating area in the garden. (BBQ under gazebo)

10am-4pm  

–     Offer and deliver refreshments to stall holders

–     Run/man welcome stall for visitors and ticket sales

–     Hand out programmes

–     Marshall / Steward the event – signpost people

–     Run stalls such as bric-a-brac and clothes sale

–     Help prepare and serve refreshments from the kitchen

–     Aid musicians with their transition in/out of building as well as on/off stage.

4pm-5.30pm  

–     Take down decorations (bunting, banners, signs)

–     Help clear away stalls, clearing table and chairs

–     Ensure indoor areas in use are how they were prior to event

–     Clear up litter at the end of the day

–     Help stall holders load vehicles

–     Help to ensure premises is left tidy.

Please get in touch to find out more about volunteering at the event: demi.price@eastkentmencap.co.uk

POLITRIP 2020

Politrip specialises in organising short-term volunteer placements on international political campaigns. It is the ultimate experience for political enthusiasts; providing students, graduates, young professionals and any politically minded individual the chance to immerse themselves in political campaigning across the world. It gives you the chance to be on the frontlines of a political campaign, travel, meet new friends and develop valuable skills and experience.

Between July 2019 and November 2020, Politrip are hosting three once-in-a-lifetime trips during the 2020 US Presidential campaign. We’ll be following the race all the way from the start of the Democratic Primary in Iowa, to the victory speech of the next US President. We have opportunities available in 11 states including Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, California and more! After a successful launch in February 2019, places are now full for our July 2019 trip to Des Moines, Iowa, however, there are still several trips available for politicos looking to experience the excitement of a US Presidential election!

The application process is still open for the Summer and Autumn 2020 Politrips! If you’re interested in taking part, please visit www.politrip.org to apply. It’s important to note that places are limited, so make sure to apply as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. Prices for our trips start from £750 for a 2-week trip, and £1200 for one month, which includes: all accommodation, ground transportation, a weekend away in a major city, pre-departure training & support, organisation of your placement and much more!

Once you’ve secured your place with a deposit, you can pay your Politrip fee in instalments from as little as £32 per month. We also have a competitive bursary scheme available for individuals from low-income backgrounds. More details on costs & inclusions are available on our website.

We can also help you identify any funding opportunities available from your university to help with the cost of your trip.

Please see the attached poster for more information on our trips or contact us on hello@politrip.org at any time to find out more! You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

International Volunteer in Development, Education and Women Empowerment

PROJECT-E is an international NGO whose mission is to provide job opportunities for young Ethiopian women from underprivileged social backgrounds through sustainable and market-oriented education in a transparent and responsible manner.

We are a group of students and young professionals looking for international volunteers to join us either in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1-Month internships) and/or as web-based volunteers based around Europe (Link to our website: https://project-e.eu/opportunities/).

Please find attached our call for applications. We would be pleased if you could share them on your university’s internal networks. 

Position: International Volunteer / Intern, fulltime
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Office: PROJECT-E Hospitality Institute
Start Date: By arrangement
Duration: Short-term: One month (30 days)
Deadline: Year-round

PROJECT-E is looking for highly motivated students, recent graduates or young professionals who are interested in the fields of NGOs, women empowerment and education, to support PROJECT-E Team in the Hospitality Institute in Addis Ababa.

About the Organisation
The PROJECT-E team consists of about twenty students and young professionals living and working all over Europe and North America. Together, they are managing the European organisation, as well as coordinating and discussing the development of the project in weekly calls. Most importantly, they all work voluntarily.
Team Europe supports the PROJECT-E Hospitality Institute in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, where 100 young women from destitute social backgrounds get the yearly chance to pursue a vocational training program in hotel operations. Furthermore, they receive social and financial support. Fourteen local staff members and several international and local volunteers run the project and its daily operations under the supervision of a project manager and a country representative.

Your Responsibilities
Responsibilities will depend on the intern’s interests and strengths. However, the general responsibilities may include:
• Supporting in daily administrative tasks
• Teaching of the intern’s native language (English or French)
• Prepare and implement social activities for the students
• Developing income generating activities to support the organisation’s funding efforts
• Preparing and implementing business/hospitality/lift skills related workshops
• Conducting research, writing reports and articles
• Coordinating between PROJECT-E and international organizations in Ethiopia and abroad
• Coordinating and communicating between the European and Ethiopian team members of PROJECT-E

Requirements
• Willingness to work full time on a voluntary basis from Monday – Friday 08:30am till 05:00pm
• Involvement as a web-based volunteer in Team Europe before your departure to understand our structures and work flow
• Excellent English writing and speaking skills
• Proficient skills in using Microsoft Office applications
• Interest in the fields of non-profit work, women empowerment, hospitality operations, development cooperation or start-up businesses
• High level of proactive and independent work style, communication skills, ability to work in a team and willingness to go ‘the extra mile’
• Open mindedness and the ability to adapt to the Ethiopian culture and lifestyle

PROJECT-E Offers
• A high level of responsibility and independence
• The possibility of making a substantial difference in the life of 40 women per year and the opportunity to give our project your personal touch
• An inspiring work atmosphere in a young and motivated team
• Practical experience in an international non-governmental organisation
• Bi-annual meet up opportunities and a chance to connect with other like-minded professionals
• Free accommodation in the heart of Addis Ababa
• Free lunch during working days at the Hospitality Institute
• Assistance with the visa application process

How to Apply
To apply for this opening, please go to apply.project-e.eu and follow the application process. In your cover letter, please indicate your motivation to volunteer and what you can contribute to PROJECT-E and your available start date. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email: talents@project-e.eu.

Privacy Disclaimer
By applying for any of PROJECT-E opportunities, you allow PROJECT-E to process your information, including your name, email address, any information in your CV and cover letter and any given information to be able to assess your application and communicate with you accordingly.

Oxfam Constituency Campaigner Programme

Do you want to create political change?
Together we can change the system!

Oxfam’s Constituency Campaigners are volunteer campaigners who are passionate about ending poverty and want to make their voice heard locally.

As a Constituency Campaigner, you might find yourself persuading your MP to turn up and vote for new legislation that will ensure more refugees can be reunited with their families or meeting with your MP to talk to them about why action on climate change matters to you. You’ll be part of a wider movement of several hundred constituency campaigners who are taking similar action in constituencies up and down the UK. Together, you’ll be making change happen.

Join the programme today
Constituency Campaigners build relationships with and influence their MPs to help end global poverty and suffering. With support from us, you’ll develop a strong knowledge of your MP’s interests and use this to write tailored letters to them and perhaps occasionally to meet with them to discuss issues in-depth.

You’ll be supported by Oxfam through a range of training and guidance. There’s an induction to get you started, regular campaign briefings to help you write tailored letters, and monthly webinars on topics such as “how to influence your MP”. We’ll be in direct contact as much as possible to provide bespoke support, and when people want to, we’ll link you up with others locally to work together.

The programme has a flexible time commitment – you can volunteer as a Constituency Campaigner on as little as just a few hours per month at a time that suits you.

It’s an exciting way for passionate, tenacious people to play a critical role in ending poverty and suffering.

Please apply using our online form.

“This was my first meeting with my brand new MP. Around 20 of us from the constituency met minutes beforehand and huddled together on the pavement asking questions and raising concerns. Despite us being a mixed bunch with different perspectives, we all agreed on the basics. And luckily for me, my MP was supportive of our concerns and more than happy to represent our voices!”
– Ffion, Constituency Campaigner

Alumni needed for Discussion on the Value of Volunteering

The School of Politics and International Relations is looking for alumni to join our Careers and Employability Panel event discussing the Value of Volunteering. The panellists will look at how the skills, experience and contacts gained though volunteering have contributed to their professional life.

DATE: Thursday 11th October
TIME: 4.15pm – 6pm
LOCATION: Canterbury Campus

Looking at the Value of Volunteering in various career paths, how to make the most of voluntary work and how to effectively demonstrate your volunteering experience in the recruitment process. There will also be a Q&A session and a networking drinks reception after the talk.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in participating. Many thanks!

OXFAM Canterbury – Volunteers Wanted

On Tuesday 22 May, your local Oxfam shop in Best Lane (CT1 2JB) is holding an event called ‘A Day in the Life of a Volunteer’.

Choose to experience a variety of roles including Sorting, Marketing & Social Media, Shop Floor Tasks and more.

Pop in anytime from 10am to 2pm to have a look around, ask some questions and experience life as an Oxfam volunteer.

If you’d like to ask any questions, please contact oxfamshopf4427@oxfam.org.uk