What happens next?

You will be pleased to hear the process is very simple with only 5 basic steps.
1. Consultation
2. Registration
3. Volunteer Workshop 
(Optional but highly recommended if you are in the UK)
4. First Instalment & Assignment Options 
5. Pre-departure & On-assignment Support

1. We know volunteering overseas can be daunting therefore we are happy to answer all your questions, talk you through the many options and put your mind at rest. We take great pride in our friendly hands-on approach and we will arrange a convenient time for consultation or simply a friendly chat on the phone. Please give us a call and email a copy of your CV.
2. Our registration form covers your personal details, professional qualifications & skills, work & travel experience, employment references & CV. This information will help us shape the assignments to fit your personal profile and circumstances. 
3. If based in the UK, we strongly recommend you book a place on one of our great workshops if you are able to travel to London; the fun and interactive day will provide you with all the information you need to make a decision to volunteer or commit to a career in international development. You are sure to meet like-minded people and allay any fears.
4. When you are happy to proceed and commit to an assignment, we will request payment of the first instalment of the placement fee (£300). Upon receipt of this instalment, our very experienced programmes team will being to create your unique assignment options. These will take into account your skills & experience, your preferred travel dates, available length and locations, your travel budget, as well as interests you may have in the work of some charities.  

The team will start approaching specific partners to understand their needs, to ensure that there is a suitable scope of work that matches your skillset, and that staff can dedicate enough time to best utilise your support at the time of your availability.
Please note that as this is a tailored service designed to meet the individual needs of both our volunteers and partner organisations, it will take some time between the point you pay the first instalment and when you receive your assignment options. This is because we are dependent on information from partners to narrow down suitable assignments for your consideration. Response times from our partners vary because they may have limited access to electricity and internet, they might be awaiting the outcome of a funding proposal, or the recruitment of a new member of staff. We are also constantly bringing new partners on board, some of these might be best suited to your interests and profile, and the due diligence process is being completed. Do rest assured though – the process of sourcing suitable options starts from the point you pay the first instalment!

Resources: On the run up to your placement you will receive a number of emails that contain different resources and packs that will help you to prepare for all elements of your placement. The emails you will receive will cover the following themes:
  • Preparations, Health & Wellbeing: helping you make initial preparations for travel and draw attention to any health and wellbeing considerations that should be made before and during your assignment
  • Building Capacity through Financial Management: E-versions of John Cammack’s books 
  • Case Study of typical grassroots AfID Partner: A mock case study to help you get into the mind-set of being an AfID Volunteer
  • Useful Resources, Guides & Links: A library of resources that will be very handy for your assignment
  • Telling your story: Guide to how best to document your adventures!
5. Upon your confirmation of the preferred assignment we will introduce you to your hosts, past volunteers and their reports and assist you with all the necessary travel arrangements. Whilst on assignment our programmes team will be in regular contact with you and your hosts to ensure your wellbeing and the assignment’s success.

Call +44 (0)208 741 7000 or email info@afid.org.uk and we will arrange a convenient time to speak. 

Can I take my partner / travel with a friend?

Yes, we now have a very large network of charity partners with a wide variety of needs so there are often opportunities for couples, colleagues and friends to work together or close by at neighbouring partners. If your friend or partner is not an accountant but would like to utilise his or her own professional skills please forward their CV and we will arrange a convenient time to discuss the options with you both. Non accounting responsibilities can include one or more of the following;

  • Assisting with funding proposals
  • Teaching Microsoft Office; Excel, Word & Powerpoint
  • Teaching English
  • Coaching sports 
  • Business development & young entrepreneur skills training
  • Healthcare focused projects
  • Project management