Pre-departure training days

InterVol provide international volunteering training days for all InterVol volunteers. The training days will be held in Birmingham and London.

Volunteers must sign up for one of the training days by February 2018 and arrange their own travel to Birmingham or London (whichever is most convenient). Both days will cover the same material.

A brief programme for the training days (2015 version) can be downloaded by clicking here.

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 wth 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 tout 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.
See resources from previous years here.


InterVol’s 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 (where relevant)
  • Personal security and risk assessment
  • Project specific training
  • Cultural awareness
  • Health awareness

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, while project specific training (including cultural awareness), and fundraising support is provided directly by committees throughout the year.

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