Ongoing Training

InterVol committees work to ensure that all volunteers receive the required level of training prior to the project start date. Training areas considered by InterVol to be essential for international volunteers are:

  • First aid (minimum 2 volunteers per group)
  • Child protection and safeguarding (where relevant)
  • Personal security and risk assessment
  • Project specific training from volunteers who have direct experience of the project and country’s culture
  • Health awareness overseas
  • Sessions to raise awareness of international development and poverty reduction

The committees will keep a record of training sessions attended by each volunteer and ensure all receive adequate training prior to departure. Child protection and first aid training are usually organised through Student Unions/Guilds for those working or interacting with children, while project specific training (including cultural awareness), and fundraising support is provided directly by committees throughout the year.

A Training and Insurance Payment of £25 is paid by all overseas volunteers (this is the only payment InterVol request). This directly covers InterVol’s public liability insurance, a legal requirement, and the cost of the pre-departure training days.

Pre-departure Training Days

InterVol provide intensive international volunteering training days for all InterVol volunteers focused on responsible and safe volunteering overseas . The training days are held in Birmingham and London each year.

Volunteers must sign up for one of the training days and arrange their own travel to Birmingham or London (whichever is most convenient). Both days will cover the same material.

The following sessions will be covered:

Introduction to international volunteering
Introductory session to international volunteering, focusing on the importance of sustainable, responsible and critically engaged volunteering activities abroad.

Personal security
This training will explore some of the risks of volunteering overseas, equipping attendees with methods on how to stay safe and secure and help you know the places to look for support once abroad if necessary.

Motivations and expectations
Exploring and discussing attendees’ motivations for participating on an international volunteering placement, as well as examining expectations of what their experiences might belike in order to prepare them so that they can get the most out of their time away – both for them as individuals and for the communities they’ll be working alongside.

International Child Protection
This session is intended for volunteers likely to be working with or interacting with children whilst on placement abroad. We will look at how to ensure volunteer safety and the safety of the children you will be working with.

Physical and mental health abroad
Looking at the importance of both physical and mental health whilst volunteering internationally, including vaccinations, what to take with you, homesickness and culture shock, this session will ensure volunteers understand everything to prepare them for staying healthy when abroad.

Making the most of your trip
This session looks at top tips for making the most of your volunteer placement and gives attendees the opportunity to ask trainers any questions they might have.