Volunteering with children

At InterVol, we believe that volunteers without relevant experience and skills should not be placed in roles working directly with children, and that volunteers without formal training should not be placed with children in care settings such as orphanages and children’s centres.

Some of our projects do work with young people, particularly in education projects. We have an application and selection process to ensure that any teams of volunteers have existing training and experience that can be used in the context of their project abroad and benefit their partner organisation and beneficiaries. In addition, we also ask that volunteers enhance their existing skills by volunteering for relevant, local initiatives in the UK before embarking on projects abroad. The needs and skills gaps of our partner organisations are reviewed annually in consultation with partners, and written into clear role descriptions for potential volunteers.

We have safeguarding processes in place and volunteers who will be interacting with children will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a Criminal Record Bureau, CRB, check). All volunteers working overseas through InterVol must also complete our compulsory training sessions which include a significant section on international child protection.

Our projects that work with children address educational access for the poorest in society (in India and Nepal). In Nepal particularly, our grant funding has allowed the construction of tens of school classrooms and boarding houses to improve educational access for children that struggle to access and remain in the education system.

For any queries on our work with children overseas, please get in touch: info@intervol.org.uk