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Tuesday October 22nd, 2019

Full Time Staff needed for Concordia’s NCS Programme

Full Time Staff needed for Concordia’s NCS Programme

Concordia is looking for a new staff member to join their vibrant volunteering team

NCS Delivery Officer

 Salary: £22,911

Hours: Full time- for one year with expected extension depending on the NCS contract

NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to all 15 – 17-year-olds, that helps them build skills for work and life while taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.

Job Description- NCS Delivery Officer 2019

Application Form NCS Delivery Officer 2019

Please send your completed application form and a current CV to: fiona@concordiavolunteers.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 27th November 2019

Interviews will be held at Concordia’s office in Portslade on Tuesday 10th December 2019

Safeguarding Statement

Concordia is committed to safeguarding and protecting the young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promotes safeguarding and safer working practice across our programmes.

We expect all staff and post holders to share this commitment to safeguarding by ensuring compliance with our policies and practices.

Employment Screening

Only applicants who have the right to work in the UK or have a valid visa or work permit for a minimum of 6 months at the time of application will be considered for this role.

Wednesday September 11th, 2019

Concordia = EasyFundraising = True

Concordia = EasyFundraising = True

We’ve got some exciting news to share with all our volunteers – we’ve launched an official partnership with easyfundraising. It’s a free fundraising website that you can use to help raise cash towards your project costs, simply by shopping online.

For more information on how to use Easyfundraising, keep reading…

How does Easyfundraising work?

Easyfundraising is a free cashback shopping fundraising website that you, your family and friends can use to raise cash for your project by shopping online with over 3,600 retailers such as Amazon, eBay, John Lewis & Partners, Argos, Sainsbury’s, Just Eat, Trainline & Booking.com.

It’s a cost-free way to fundraise for your project. You raise cash by doing your ordinary shopping online, which won’t cost you or your supporters a penny extra. The retailer will then give you a donation in return

3 easy steps to start fundraising

  1. Register your project as a cause with Easyfundraising, here – https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/concordia
  2. You, your family and friends can help raise cash for your project when using the Easyfundraising website to do their normal, everyday online shopping.
  3. Every time a purchase is made, the retailer sends your cause cashback donations, at no extra cost to anyone.

Check out their handy guide here.

Wednesday June 12th, 2019

My International Volunteer Projects 2018

My International Volunteer Projects 2018

Our long-term volunteer & coordinator Barney has done amazingly 30 volunteering projects throughout his life, 6 of them as a coordinator. Here is his story from last year.

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Thursday May 2nd, 2019

MY EXPERIENCE AS COORDINATOR

Are you looking for something worthwhile this summer? We have a few places left for anyone wanting to become a UK Coordinator, a truly rewarding experience giving you leadership experience whilst volunteering together with an international team. Below is the story from one of our leaders, coordinating on Green & Away, a project we are repeating this year.

 

My experience volunteering with Green and Away

After I came returned to the UK, from an amazing long term volunteering project in Romania, I had a meeting to discuss the experience and settling back in. Soon, the conversation turned to the future; “What’s your plans for the summer?” (or something to that effect). Bored of my small room in a busy flat and full of wholesome memories of my Balkan travels, I gladly said: “I’m down for anything!” (or something to that effect).

Before I knew it, I was heading to the Concordia office for a coordinator training course, where I’d meet a bunch of likeminded volunteer types. We discussed everything that we might encounter as a UK coordinator, if and when we ever coordinated other volunteers. The handy information we were given had strategies for dealing with matters like group cooking to conflict resolution, the latter transpired to be more applicable than the former.

Inspired and intrigued I came away with many new ways to take two weeks off work and volunteer instead. I could have stayed at a Buddhist sanctuary, worked with deserving young carers or taken part in a music festival! Instead, I was bound for two weeks camping in a muddy field eating vegan food – not my grandparents’ idea of a good break. Nevertheless, I was looking forward to working with ‘Green and Away’, an eco-friendly and creative events venue.

My first notable encounter of Green and Away hospitality came when one of the Concordia volunteers missed their connection and was going to arrive in the middle of the night. Although it was only my responsibility to ensure the Concordia volunteers were settled into camp, half the other volunteers at Green and Away stayed up with me to welcome the lonely traveller in with a cheer and a hug! It was very warming and I knew I would be with good company for the duration of the stay.

As the long hot days went on we could see the camp growing and taking shape. Structures were being built every day and the muddy field was transformed into a homely venue. We could see the fruits of our labour. Everyone had their jobs to do, which was increasingly difficult in +30oC heat, but we had plenty of water and support. In the midday sun we would swim in the stream and cool off, it really puts you in touch with your senses and with nature. Later in the evenings we would sit around the campfire or snuggle up in the Mongolian yurt and get to know each other. It was a satisfying, social and wholesome lifestyle.

We would get days off allocated during the week, so there was the opportunity to head into town and relax. The Concordia volunteers and I went for a day in Worcester, where I treated them to a full English Breakfast. Despite having a vegetarian among us, everyone enjoyed their meal (the café offered a veggie full English). This was their first encounter with a British classic, since they all came from different countries. It’s nice to know I could offer a cultural experience as well as a tasty one.

Once all the physically hard work was done and our beautiful camp was ready for guests. This is when the dynamic on camp changes from being practical and resourceful to being hospitable and service driven. The guests were always lovely and everyone on camp bands together to help each other out.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. After being so absorbed in the atmosphere of Green and Away I had to don my coordinator hat once more. Gathering the other volunteers feedback was great, because I got to hear that they had a magical time too. This project was very comfortable from a coordinator perspective. Although, I think the role was useful, the accommodation, food and task allocation was excellently handled by the Green and Away team, so my job was to keep everyone happy and having the best time possible.

Despite having to resolve an issue between Green and Away and one of the volunteers after I got home, which was later resolved, I had such an amazing time. Green and Away is a special place where you can forget time passing and enjoy eco-living. They a strong sense of community which is welcoming and supportive. The work is hard and can be physically challenging, but it certainly pays off. I’m proud to have been a part of Green and Away and to have helped spread the message of sustainable development while personally having a lot of fun.


Do you want to relieve this experience? If you are interested in participating and want to have more information about it please email incoming@concordiavolunteers.org.uk or call 01273 422218

Thursday January 24th, 2019

BECOME A CONCORDIA GROUP COORDINATOR – APPLICATIONS OPEN

BECOME A CONCORDIA GROUP COORDINATOR – APPLICATIONS OPEN

Would you like to improve your leadership skills, meet people from all over the world and help a local community in the UK at the same time?

Then become one of our Concordia Group Coordinators during the summer of 2019 and lead an international team of volunteers on one of our projects in the UK.

We are now recruiting for our annual Coordinator Training on 13th-14th April 2019.

There is no fee to join the training – so you can join in for free.

Places are limited so apply as soon as possible.

Read more information here about the Coordinator role and how to apply.

If you have any questions please call Francesco Bonini on 01273 42218 or email incoming@concordiavolunteers.org.uk

 

Wednesday January 16th, 2019

LAST MINUTE PLACES ON TRAINING COURSE IN FRANCE

LAST MINUTE PLACES ON TRAINING COURSE IN FRANCE

LAST MINUTE PLACES on a training course for youth workers or people interested in working with youth in France – DATES 20th to 27th January. Funded by EU, travel reimbursed AFTER the training.

Course is based on using Theatre Techniques when working with youth.

If you are interested please contact 01273 422218 or email incoming@concordiavolunteers.org.uk today or by tomorrow morning Thurs 17th Jan at the very latest for more information. We need to speak to anyone interested and have their applications by tomorrow 17th January 1:00 pm at the very latest.

Read more about the training.

Application form

Wednesday December 5th, 2018

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERING DAY

“A very rewarding experience, unlike anything I’ve done before.  A brilliant way to travel, discover more about myself and help make a difference. “

The international volunteering day might be a weird concept, as every day is a day for international volunteering. Every day do we do our best to deliver a volunteering programme that gives every individual a chance to go abroad and join a movement which engages thousands of people every year. Every day, together with our long-term friends in our networks, are we continue seeking out local communities ready to become the ground for an international movement joining together to work on important topics and support local causes.

Today we are saying thank you to all our volunteers, but we are every day grateful for the work you do!

Monday November 26th, 2018

GROUP VOLUNTEERING IN NEPAL; AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS ALIKE

GROUP VOLUNTEERING IN NEPAL; AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS ALIKE

“The trips are an amazing experience for staff and students alike. You get to experience a country and its culture through doing something good for others – which helps you to understand a place and its people more fully and not through the eyes of a tourist. Concordia’s personal and professional approach to organising these trips means that they are worry free for even the most conscientious of leaders. The trips can be whatever you want them to be but no matter what you choose they ultimately achieve the most important thing with regards to students’ development; to help them become well-rounded and open-minded adults, and this outcome is worth more than any education they receive at college.”

Together with the students from Esher College, we joined our partner in Nepal on the ongoing post-earthquake relief work in the hills of Kathmandu. It was a project taking the students far out from their comfort zone and modern comfortabilities, but also to an experience of a lifetime which will be with them for a long time! The group mustered through the monsoon rain, the repetitive diet of Dal Bhat, and added true value to a project far away from the beaten tourist tracks.

We are happy to have volunteers such as these joining our Group Volunteering Programme, and we would be surprised if this would be the last we see of them!

Thursday November 15th, 2018

NEW 2019 COORDINATOR TRAINING DATES ANNOUNCED

NEW 2019 COORDINATOR TRAINING DATES ANNOUNCED

Would you like to become one of our Concordia Group Coordinators during the summer of 2019 and lead an international team of volunteers on one of our projects in the UK?

Then join our Coordinator Training on 13th-14th April 2019.

Read more information here about the Coordinator role and how to apply.

If you have any questions please call Francesco Bonini on 01273 42218 or email incoming@concordiavolunteers.org.uk

 

 

 

Friday July 27th, 2018

“There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late”

“There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late”

This is your last chance to sign up to volunteer this summer! To help you a little further, we are dropping our fees by half for those 6 carefully handpicked projects until Sunday, 5th August. This means that you will receive £150 cash back!

We believe those community-driven projects are fantastic for culture exchange and meeting new international people as well as being beneficial to the local community. When you volunteer in one of them, you will be visiting the off the beaten track giving you a real feel of the country and making your travel experience a whole more meaningful.

Hurry as there’s only one place reserved in each project!

Projects available:
1- Location: Germany. Code: IBG 38. Dates: 18/08 – 1/09
2- Location: Spain. Code: ESDA-2018. Dates: 10/08 – 24/08
3- Location: France. Code: CONCF-015. Dates: 06/09 – 27/09
4- Location: Italy.Code: LUNAR 23. Dates: 22/08 – 5/09
5- Location: Germany. Code: ijgd 28328. Dates: 31/08 – 22/09
6- Location: France. Code: SJ/YE96. Dates: 27/08 – 16/09

 

Terms and conditions

  • No additional discounts can be applied on this offer
  • If you decide to cancel after application has been accepted, you will lose your entire project fee less £35 no-refundable administration charges
  • It is not possible to change the projects once your application is submitted. If you have any question regarding the projects, please contact us on info@concordiavolunteers.org.uk
  • Places will be allocated on first come first served basis

 

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