We hope that a taste of what UNA Exchange has to offer will inspire you to get involved with us and help us in our work. We also want anyone who works with us to have the opportunity to develop their own skills and experience to help them get the most out of volunteering and be able to demonstrate what they have learned to future employers.
We see participating in volunteering itself as being a type of non-formal education where volunteers learn to live and work as an international team, to explore issues around cross cultural communication as well as building independence and confidence.
In addition to this learning and development opportunity, we also offer a range of training opportunities that we hope will allow you to continue your journey with us.
We encourage all volunteers, whether travelling near or far, to take part in our pre-departure training held at the Temple of Peace (at least twice a year). These trainings will give you a better idea about what to expect from a workcamp, group project or MTV/LTV opportunity, and will allow you to ask practical questions about everything from booking flights, what to pack, how to stay safe and how to work effectively in a diverse group. EVS or Step by Step volunteers also have their own pre-departure training.
As well as sending volunteers abroad we also run our own projects here in Wales. For these, we are always on the lookout for project leaders. We usually like to work with volunteers who have been abroad but if you are passionate about volunteering and the work we do then we would love to hear from you.
“Had a brilliant weekend! Learned so much more about leadership and met some amazing people!“
Christian, Leaders Training
Leaders training usually takes place during the long Easter weekend at the Amelia Trust Farm in Barry and is a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to build leadership and teamwork skills, meet like-minded people, do some practical volunteering and participate in a course that will impress employers and prepare you for the incredible experience that is leading a workcamp. There are also opportunities to get involved in leading international projects.
Join this year Leaders Training 22 – 24 April ! Apply here.
Train the Trainers
Of course, to run the Leaders Training and Pre-departure Training programmes we need an experienced team of trainers who can deliver sessions, share experiences and provide insights. They’ll also be getting stuck in with the basics such as cooking, making sure travel arrangements are clear and dealing with any little surprises. For this we run dedicated a Train the Trainers weekend where participants have the chance to develop new skills, join a strong team of committed volunteers and build their confidence and ability to pass on their skills to others.
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International Training Opportunities
Throughout the year we have access to a wide range of training opportunities with our partner organisations in Europe and beyond. In many cases these are part or fully funded. They cover international issues such as climate change, gender, leadership, arts and youth work and are perfect for someone looking for a new experience abroad while building their skills, experience and employability.