Co-ordinating is about helping volunteers get the most from their experience. It ensures the smooth running of the project and is as rewarding as it is fun.
On most of our UK projects we need one or two experienced volunteers to represent Concordia and help the project run smoothly. The co-ordinators act as a link between the host organisation, the international volunteers and Concordia. The co-ordinators work alongside the volunteers, and also help the group to organise their day to day living and free time. The co-ordinators manage a budget for food and social activities, to make sure the everyone gets their fair share of work and fun.
Make sure you’re ready.
To become a co-ordinator you need to attend a training weekend. The training weekend is in the spring and runs from Saturday morning to Sunday late afternoon. The weekend is informal but covers everything from the day to day running of the projects through to conflict resolution and promoting cultural awareness. Check out our training page for more information.
You’ll make a big contribution. First, we need to ask for a small one.
We ask for a small contribution of £40 towards the training weekend, to cover food and the hire of the venue. If you go on to successfully co-ordinate a project we will cover your travel costs, not only for the project but for the training weekend too.
How to apply
If you would like to know more about co-ordinating a UK project simply download and have a read through our Co-ordinator Booklet. If you’d like to apply, please complete the Co-ordinator Application Form and return the form to Concordia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you have co-ordinated a project in the UK, you may have the opportunity to co-ordinate on of our groups overseas– sometimes at short notice.
“Having been a volunteer 7 times I thought it was about time to take some responsibility and be the focus for a group of volunteers! It was easier than I expected in some ways (keeping the group together, ensuring everyone was happy with social activities etc) but harder in others (keeping motivation up and coping with constant questions!) Overall it was a great learning experience- I feel a huge sense of achievement for having co-ordinated a group of very different people, doing a great job and showing them that England is the best! It was exhausting, but that didn’t matter and all my volunteers said I was a great co-ordinator. Would I do it again? Quite possibly…”
Louise Treves Co-ordinator