Every year, communities and NGOs from all over the world apply to form a partnership with EGP. Each proposes a small project that will benefit their community for years to come.
Throughout summer the Project Researcher & Developer works through each application, whether it's a social one or a construction one, to ensure all the information EGP requires has been provided. Once we have everything we need, an informed decision can be made by the committee.
All proposals go through the same rigorous selection process which takes place over multiple weekends, until the successful ones are chosen.
Once the projects have been chosen, the next job is to recruit volunteers. Predominantly these come from the University of Edinburgh, but anyone, from any university, can apply to be part of EGP! The volunteers are interviewed, then selected for a team based on their preferences and team dynamics.
Fundraising for the project begins as soon as the team is formed with events ranging from Christmas fundraising at home to events once back in Edinburgh - anything from bake sales to hair shaving!
On project, volunteers are fully emerged in the culture of the local community and seeing first-hand the use of the money they have fundraised and its affect/effect on the beneficiaries.
Overall, EGP aims to deliver sustainable projects to the communities that need them most, whilst forming strong long-term partnerships.