Members are required to be living in Edinburgh for the duration of the fundraising and training period and must be free during the summer. In addition to this, it helps to be enthusiastic, committed to fundraising and willing to work in a team. No previous volunteering, travel experience or knowledge of international development is necessary.
All of our members have a different experience, due to the nature of our projects. Projects can range from building Community Centres to HIV/AIDS awareness programmes. Whichever project you take part in, you can be sure to have the experience of a lifetime. Whether you are part of a construction project or a social project, you will definitely be heavily involved in cultural exchange and will make bonds with people from all over the world. EGP gives members the chance to live within a different community and gain a true insight into new cultures, teaching you new skills to take home that, alongside your memories of project, you can treasure for life. All of our construction members will be involved in unskilled labour on project and will be taught all the necessary skills needed to carry out work. Our social members will also receive training in the specific area of work they are helping with.
How can we raise the budget for the project?
You will spend the year working with your team to think of new, ingenious ways to fundraise money in order to make your budget. Fundraising can be great fun, and gives you the opportunity to meet new people in your own area. There are lots of ways to raise money, such as club nights, bag packs, bake sales or sponsored runs. You can also gain help from trust funds and will always have moral support from your team mates!
What will I need to pay?
Members are responsible for all personal costs; this includes flights, vaccinations (and malaria prevention tablets if required), insurance, accommodation and food while on project. We recommend that you do a little research to find out how much that will cost for the project that interests you. EGP is run by volunteers so there are no high administration costs. We only require volunteers to pay a membership fee of £40; this covers first aid training and an official membership card.
Will I be prepared before I leave?
You’re never on your own and will have training throughout the year on various aspects of volunteering and what to expect when you get to your project. From fundraising ideas and cultural awareness to first aid, we will send you off fully equipped to safely enjoy your summer. You will have project co-ordinators who will manage your team here and on project and be fully involved with all aspects of the team work. Your project parent, who is a member of the EGP committee, will be on hand to help with any problems you face as well as being your direct link to the committee.
What will I do on project?
Once you have been through your training and had a successful year of fundraising, you will be ready to go out to project and see first-hand the good your fundraising will do. Most projects last between six to ten weeks. If you are involved with a construction project, you will spend your days working with the local builders. Your daily tasks will vary, but will usually include moving the bricks, sifting sand, plastering and painting. On the other hand, if you are involved with a social project you will be working closely with the local people and facilitating the implementation of the social programme you are supporting. You will also spend your time getting to know the people in your area and will be able and encouraged to become involved with any local activities to make your time as fulfilling as possible.
Scottish Registered Charity no. SC049236
Edinburgh Global Partnerships has been supporting sustainable community-led development projects overseas since 1990.