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This exciting weekend of training covers volunteers’ expectations and concerns, intercultural learning techniques, global development issues, practical and health information, and the philosophy behind international volunteering.

The VAP Orientation Weekend of June 17th – 19th is intended for all volunteers going to all types of international volunteer projects, those in the UK and overseas, from a week to over a year, in developed and undeveloped countries, in group projects or lone placements.

The training is an opportunity to find out what is involved in international volunteering projects through a mix of exercises and games, talks and discussions, dramatization and conversational exploration. It is an opportunity to understand the attitudes and personal attributes which will make your project a success. We will also provide detailed documentation for background reading, specialised knowledge based on the experience of both the training team and the other participants.

The location of the weekend is the Othona Community on the east coast of Essex in a nature reserve – itself a magical location. The Othona Community provides an annual programme of community training events and retreats. Our international volunteers have been hosted there annually since the 1970s so it provides a good idea of a typical volunteer project environment.

The programme of the weekend will start on Friday evening and finish Sunday lunchtime to allow you to arrive and leave outside weekday working hours.

Thanks to us receiving a grant this year the accommodation, food and the training will be provided free. You will only need to pay for your travel. However there are just 20 funded places so please get your booking in early.

member of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Co-ordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the Volunteer International Network Exchange UK
with the support of:
Volunteer Action for Peace, member of the European «Youth in Action» Programme

Quote of the day

« I had not appreciated that so few people come out in the East Asian countries that my telling them was something extraordinary. This was also the most interesting aspect of the workcamp in terms of trying to expand the awareness of other ways of living, and there was never any hostility or problems because of it. »

David H. from Surrey

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