Tuesday December 5th, 2017
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Monday November 6th, 2017
Would you like to become one of our amazing Group Coordinators and support the running of one of our international projects in the UK during summer 2018?
If so, we are pleased to announce the dates for 2018 for our annual Group Coordinator Weekend Training, which will take place on 24th and 25th March 2018.
These training weekends are a fun way of getting lots of practical advice on leading a project, as well as gaining useful information on group dynamics, cultural awareness, conflict resolution, budgeting, health and safety and cooking for large numbers! All co-ordinators receive a comprehensive ‘co-ordinator survival pack’ detailing the practical tips and advice covered during training and much more…
Wednesday October 11th, 2017
Lead abroad as a Concordia Group Leader
Every year, Concordia sends groups of students and young people to go abroad for volunteering. During their journey, they will carry out volunteering, meet with locals and encounter several cultural events that are very different from staying back in the UK. We train all our leaders to be ready to support the volunteers throughout the programme, ensuring their safety and maximise their development. Your role is to be the link between Concordia, our overseas partner, deal with logistics and ensure the smooth running of the programme – and you will get all the skills you need by taking part in this one-day training held on the 9th December. (more…)
Friday June 30th, 2017
We have yet again come to the point where summer is around the corner, and we have a quick moment to reflect on all the great things that happened since the last time you heard from us. Check out our news about international volunteering, UK volunteering and NCS.
Tuesday May 30th, 2017
Are you looking to volunteer this summer? If so, this is the perfect time to apply for a project with Concordia!
From 1st June until 7th June you can register for an international volunteer project and get £40 off the normal fee, paying only £230 instead of £270.
This is our way to celebrate Volunteers’ Week and to say thank you to all volunteers for their contribution to local communities in the UK and around the world.
Don’t miss out this opportunity and book now your volunteer project for the summer.
Thursday April 27th, 2017
Tuesday April 11th, 2017
Concordia is really happy to send you this first quarterly update about our volunteering activities for 2017. Check out our news about international volunteering, UK volunteering and NCS.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME NEWS
2017 VOLUNTEERING SEASON HAS STARTED!
In February Victor from Concordia went to lovely Nizhny Novgorod in Russia to attend our annual international meeting with our international partners and came back with hundreds of new projects for 2017. This event is one of the largest of its kind, and we met with over 50 organisations to plan for the coming summer. Soon after that, in mid-March, we launched the new international volunteering programme and projects are already filling up. If you are thinking of volunteering this summer don’t wait too long to apply for your project.
During the last few months we‘ve been working hard to improve our website, especially with the launch of our new online database where you can search for all the projects available worldwide. We believe this new database is much easier to use than the last one and better looking. Did you have the chance to try it? If so, let us know what you think!
In February and March we spent some time on the road by visiting universities, colleges and schools like Hertfordshire University and Farrington School in Kent, while on 1st April we ran our first International Volunteering Day at Sussex University in Brighton, where students could join several free workshop run by Concordia staff and experienced volunteers.
Finally, we are currently recruiting young people to join a youth exchange in Italy this summer. Participants need to be aged 16-18 and will meet with other young people from several European countries. Read here more information and how to apply.
UK PROGRAMME NEWS
UK SUMMER PROGRAMME READY… LEADERS WANTED
March has been a busy and exciting month for the UK volunteer programme.
Firstly, after many months of working with our partners the 2017 Summer Programme is confirmed, updated and went live to our 80 global partners last week! We’ve already accepted the first few volunteers onto the summer projects; coming from France, Germany, Belgium and Spain, as ever we make sure we have a wide mix of nationalities on all of our projects.
With 18 projects to choose from, running from June to September, from 6 days to 2 months, and in locations from the remote edge of Cornwall, to the Sussex coast to the Lake District, there really is something for everyone. Download and read more about the UK programme here.
The majority of projects that we run in the UK in the summer require a dedicated co-ordinator, who bridges the gap between the Concordia volunteers on the project and the host partner organisations. The Co-ordinators join the projects for free and we cover their travel to and from the project.
Earlier in March we ran the first Co-ordinator training weekend of the year. Fun ice breaker sessions meant everyone got to know each other quickly and gave the participants a range of ideas and games they can use with a volunteer group. Of course we also covered essential topics like leadership skills, conflict resolution, health & safety, budgeting, cultural stereotypes and much more.
At the end of the training one of the participants told us: “Amazing and wonderful weekend with life-long gained skills and experiences that will be remembered forever.”
If you’d also like to get involved as a Co-ordinator this summer, it’s not too late; we’re running another training day at the Concordia office near Brighton on 22nd April, read more and apply for the apply for the Co-ordinator training day here.
NCS SPRING PROGRAMME WITH WORTHING COLLEGE
At the beginning of March, Concordia ran their first NCS Spring programme with Worthing College. Students spent the first weekend on the Isle of Wight at Little Canada taking part on adventurous activities. During the 2nd week, the students took part in workshops on public speaking, improvisation and consent and identity. They also did a workshop called ‘share my story’, which helped them to plan for their social action phase.
For their social action project the group took to the streets of Worthing to raise awareness for the Spring Board project, which is a charity that supports young people with disabilities. The group encouraged the public to join in with a huge Mexican wave and then they took part in a treasure hunt exploring Worthing.
Finally, their graduation was held at Flip Out, a trampoline park in Chichester. Well done to all the new graduates!
It’s now less than 3 months until Summer NCS starts, so make sure that you have booked your place. www.ncsyes.co.uk
Thursday March 23rd, 2017
This summer, 5 young people from UK will join youths from Estonia, Italy, France and Greece for a 9 day to develop tools and methods to address gender-related issues and bring wider awareness.
Voluntary service experiences and workcamps are worldwide considered a powerful tool to involve young people, to develop active citizenship, inclusion and participation. They are even more effective for underaged young people, living the transition period of the adolescence where their personality and sexuality is in process of being shaped and where cross-sectorial issues touching social, personal and cultural development might appear. In this phase, it might increase the general disinterest in studies and in learning in its different shapes, factors that can challenge the development of their future, personal path.
The aim of this youth exchange is to raise awareness on gender discrimination and gender-sensitive issues among teenagers, by allowing them to acquire an intercultural perspective of gender, to recognise the stage and causes of gender-based conflicts and consequently intervene to manage them among other groups of peers. Two leaders from Concordia, already trained on the topic, will join the group for the youth exchange for the full length.
- PRISM Application form
- Medical Factsheet
- Parental authorization and consent form
- PRISM_project description
Breakdown & requirements
- Dates: 3-12th July (3rd is arrival and 12th is departure)
- Age limit: 16-18
- Deadline for applications 14th April
- Travel reimbursement: 170€ (travel cost above this need to be covered by the participant)
- Accommodation & food included (fully covered)
All completed applications are to be sent to Victor via this e-mail address.
Monday January 9th, 2017
Concordia is looking for new Wave Leader, Team leaders and Assistant Leaders to join us next summer!
Concordia is in its 5th year of delivering the National Citizen Service (NCS) on the South Coast of England. We have engaged hundreds of young people by helping to build their skills for work and life when they take part in this amazing national youth programme. The aim of NCS is to enable young people to make a difference to themselves and the local community, whilst experiencing something new. Team Leaders and Team Assistants are crucial to ensure our NCS programme is the best.
So do you think you have what it takes to be a ‘leader’?
A Wave Leader’s role is to lead, inspire and support a team of up to 12 staff, who will be leading a group of 15-17 year olds. This role is suitable for a dynamic and confident person who has experience of leading groups of people and who is able to both motivate and support them.
A Team Leader’s role is to lead, inspire and develop a team of fifteen young people on the NCS programme. You need experiences of leading young people (age 15-17) and be able to both motivate and support them. You will also be responsible for up to 2 staff including a Team Assistant and an overseas English speaking volunteer. Residential experience is essential.
A Team Assistant’s role will work alongside a Team Leader and an International Volunteer to support a team of fifteen young people on their NCS journey. This is perfect if you have little experience, but great passion for working with young people in this demanding role.
This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in and an exciting programme which has tangible results for the young people involved. The role is demanding and fast-paced but highly rewarding.
All staff who work on the NCS programme must have returned an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and 2 satisfactory references regarding their suitability to work with young people, prior to starting work with us.
Wednesday December 21st, 2016
As 2017 arrives, we’re already looking for motivated volunteers to co-ordinate an international volunteer group on our UK projects in the summer. If you’re up for a challenge, enthusiastic about volunteering, want to learn new skills, meet new people and boost your CV, then why not become a Concordia Co-ordinator? We are now recruiting for our Co-ordinator training weekend taking place on the 11th-12th March 2017. This will prepare you for becoming a project leader of an international volunteer group in the UK during our summer programme.