For Groups Group volunteering Group volunteering Group volunteering Concordia has been sending groups of young people to volunteer projects overseas since 2009. Since then we have supported thousands of young people to have incredible, challenging and life changing experiences all over the world. International educational experiences We offer bespoke, educational and rewarding volunteer programmes for any group - specialising in adventures for schools, universities and uniformed youth groups. Because Concordia works in partnership with community organisations all over the world, we can ensure that we can offer your group the best possible volunteering experience. It also guarantees that all the projects we can offer on our group volunteer programmes directly benefits the local community. We also work across the globe on international campaigns that work towards making the world a better place for everyone. Creating life changing adventures All our projects are developed with the local community – providing skills, experiences and knowledge for both the local community and the group participants. We believe that volunteering changes lives – and develops skills and experiences that foster global citizens that care about each other, and the planet. Our group volunteer programmes can also be linked to educational frameworks – such as a school or university curriculum; or guiding and scouting programmes. Whatever your group wants to get out of a volunteering experience we can support you, every step of the way. “Concordia prides itself on intercultural exchange through volunteering.” What Concordia provides Concordia works with its groups to support them through the whole process: Travel - Concordia will organise all travel including flights and in-country travel. Concordia has partnered with travel providers which enables us to get some of the best flight deals for young people and groups. If needed, we can arrange overnight accommodation before the flights ensuring a quick and easy journey from accommodation to airport. Insurance - Concordia insists, as part of the Group Volunteering package, that the group has appropriate travel insurance. Concordia can arrange this for you, or the groups can arrange their own insurance. Health and Safety - Concordia ensures that all the projects are suitable for groups to take part in. Concordia staff will carry out health and safety visits with their partners. Concordia has a 24/7 emergency support for their leaders to use if there is an issue whilst the group is overseas. They follow a tight procedure which includes liaising with a UK link person for the group and with parents and guardians. We also follow FCO advice about travel to countries. Trained leader - Concordia trains all its leaders and will only send experienced and suitable volunteers to take on this role. Concordia leaders are all experience volunteer leaders and their travel and expenses are provided by us. Their role is to be the link between Concordia’s overseas partners, Concordia staff members in the UK and the group. They deal with logistics and ensure the smooth running of the programme. The other adults accompanying the group/group leaders are there to support the group and act as loco parentis. Training, planning and preparation for the group in the UK - Concordia will meet the groups and provide training to support their planning and preparation before they start their trip. Training includes: fundraising advice, health and safety, vaccinations, culture shock, as well as going through the logistics of the trip, and ensuring your group has the best possible experience. Paperwork - Concordia will facilitate visa applications where necessary (countries which need visas) and all required travel documentation. Food and accommodation - All the trips will include food and accommodation as part of the package. Concordia will support the group with any medical and dietary support needed throughout the trip. Additional trips - Concordia can organise additional trips or visits such as the golden triangle in India, Halong boat trip in Vietnam, the Parthenon and other historical museums in Athens, temple stays in Korea, to ensure your group experiences everything a county has to offer. “Concordia provide a bespoke trip for each of its groups which means they can have a once in a lifetime experience.” What next? Find out more about the types of projects Concordia offers See which countries your group could visit Learn about our global campaigns and work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals Visit our Group Volunteering FAQs for more detailed information Or, contact us and start planning your group's adventure of a lifetime.