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Introduction to MTV


The MTV Programme

Concordia offers a Medium Term Volunteer (MTV) programme. MTV projects usually last between 1 and 6 months and take place with some of our partner organisations in Europe, Asia, North America, Central America and Africa.

MTV projects tend to be individual rather than group based. They respond to a need for organisations to have a volunteer present for a longer period than the traditional two to four week project.

MTV projects aim to support the development of local communities and to provide a non-formal intercultural learning experience for young people. For volunteers it is an opportunity to get to know a country and community in more depth and to make a more sustained commitment to a particular project.

Project placements will vary between 1 and 6 months depending on the needs of the host organisation. Some of our partner organisations in the Latin America, Africa and Asia run projects of up to 12 months in length, however for these projects we will ask that participants initially apply for a three to six month period, with an option of extending this if desired.

What you should expect

These projects are hosted by local community-based organisations. Projects could involve:

  • Conservation
  • Renovation
  • Archaeology
  • Construction
  • Environment and conservation
  • The arts
  • Working with children, youth or people with special needs
  • Teaching activities

The projects take place throughout the year and last for 1 to 6 months. You will usually be placed either individually or with one or two other volunteers, although there may be some involvement with international volunteer groups during the course of the placement.

What is expected from volunteers

Be motivated, flexible and committed. You must be prepared to participate fully both in the work and in the cultural exchange with the host organisation and local community

MTV support and preparation

You will receive personal support from Concordia throughout the course of your application. Concordia will also remain in regular contact with you during the project, either directly or, if this is difficult due to the location of the placement, with our partner organisation in-country.

On arrival in the country you will generally receive training, the nature and length of which will vary depending on the project. Throughout the placement, you will be supported both by the host organisation and our partner organisation in the country that you are volunteering.

Volunteers taking part in MTV placements in the Latin America, Africa and Asia (with the exception of Japan and Korea) will need to take part in a North South preparation weekend.

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