How InterVol works

InterVol has an annual process in place that works around the academic year at each of our university groups:

1. Student volunteers apply and register interest for projects and attend information and selection days (October – December).

2. Volunteers are selected, interviewed and placed in teams (December-January). We do not accept every volunteer that applies for InterVol and carefully select teams based on the skill-sets required for each international project.

3. Project teams receive training in cultural awareness, child protection, first aid and their specific project as they fund-raise as a group towards a target to cover the direct costs of the project (January – June). This includes an intensive training day on security, health overseas, and motivations and risks of international volunteering for all for volunteers.

4. Volunteers take part in relevant local UK volunteering initiatives during the academic year, to develop their skills in a familiar setting before going overseas. This is to make sure their time spent on international projects is as impactful as possible, as well as to benefit their local communities.

5. Volunteers travel to their project country, and projects typically last between 3-8 weeks. Many volunteers choose to travel for leisure after their project is completed (June-September), covering their own travel and accommodation costs both during their project and after.

6. Projects are evaluated for their impact, ethics, sustainability and more by the InterVol committees, partner NGOs and trustees (September-October).

Check out our current projects under the ‘Projects’ tab.