Host a Workcamp

At our core, we believe in pairing enthusiastic volunteers with organisations who are in need of volunteer help. It’s simple. A group of enthusiastic international volunteers can add a whole new element to the project by bringing new perspectives and opportunities for intercultural learning and understanding.

Each year UNA Exchange coordinates a programme of short term international projects hosted by community organisations in Wales.  We have 10-or-so 2-week projects each year, hosting around 80 international volunteers. We also have a programme of weekend projects which focus on bringing together Wales-based volunteers to complete a smaller piece of work.

 

“Volunteers gave this place happiness, they give it a positive vibe. I get a lot out of having you as young people stay here.”

Gerald, hosting volunteers on a community organic farm

 

We are always looking for new organisations interested to host volunteer projects, either for a weekend or for a few weeks.  If you are a not for profit, community organisation, UNA Exchange can help you set up an exciting project with volunteers from all over the world.

 

What will UNA Exchange do?

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  • Work with staff in your organisation to help develop and organise a project
  • Recruit volunteers through our network of international partners
  • Arrange visas where necessary
  • Train leaders (volunteers) for projects – leaders provide a link between UNA Exchange, the host and the volunteer group and help to organise domestic and social activities
  • Provide training and support for you and your staff
  • Share information between the host, leaders and volunteers
  • Support the projects whilst they are happening, e.g. through visits and phone calls and as a ‘trouble-shooter’
  • N.B. If the project involves working with children or vulnerable adults, we will ensure the volunteers provide a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’.  For most countries this is provided by the police and is the closest we can get to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. We have an extensive Child Protection Policy and working standards which we will happily discuss with prospective host projects.


What will you do?

  • Work closely with UNA Exchange to develop a project
  • Plan and supervise the work of the international volunteers, including providing tools and materials
  • Find accommodation for the volunteers (usually a community centre or similar building)
  • Provide a small budget for food (£4 per volunteer per day)
  • Arrange transport for the volunteers from a nearby meeting point to the project site
  • Support the volunteers during the project, including providing an emergency contact
  • Help the volunteers meet local people and get involved with events in the community

 

For more information on hosting an international project in Wales please contact our Volunteering in Wales Manager.