About Us How we work How we work Concordia is an international charity based in Brighton, UK. We believe that volunteering changes lives and nurtures world citizens who care about each other and the world. Concordia was founded in 1943 to encourage peace and reconciliation in the aftermath of the Second World War. Since its founding, Concordia has been committed to national and international volunteering and work placements to promote intercultural understanding and peace. It has supported nearly three-quarters of a million people to undertake cross-cultural exchanges all over the world. We engage with many partners in order to further our delivery and champion the causes that are close to our heart. We have worked with sector partners such as the NFU and the GLAA and Stephanie Maurel, our CEO, is a member of the ALP Member’s Council which ensures the best possible practices for seasonal workers. Concordia is also an active member of the GLAA’s Labour Provider Labour User working group. We work with the Volunteering Alliance and the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service Organisations (CCIVS) to ensure our volunteer programmes are developed and delivered with the local communities we work in. In March each year we release over 1500 volunteer projects that take place all over the world. As well as offering placements out of Europe, Concordia works closely with many European organisations. Our projects take place mostly during the summer and tend to be short term, so you can fit your experience around work and study commitments. We do have also longer projects for those who want to spend more time volunteering abroad. As a charity we want to keep costs low to make international volunteering as accessible as possible. Our fees only cover a small part of our running costs, and we use other funding streams to run our organisation and various programmes. Our volunteers come back with amazing experiences and reviews. 98% of our volunteers rate Concordia as either very good or good. 96% rate their experience either very good or good. On a score from 1 to 5, where 1 is very poor and 5 very good, the average score for our volunteers’ experience abroad with Concordia is 4.5 Your experience with Concordia doesn’t end with your project. If you want to develop your leadership and organisational skills, once you have finished your project you could carry on volunteering for us in various roles such as a co-ordinator on one of our international projects in the UK or as a group leader on one of our group volunteering projects abroad. You will receive full training and we will also cover your travel, food and accommodation. You just need to give us your time and pay a small fee to cover the training. Read some of our great volunteer stories. Our farms programme connects workers, growers and agents for all over the world, to assist the UK agriculture industry. Through our online portal, we work to make all processes as easy to navigate and complete as possible. Find out more about our Farms Programme. “I trust Concordia and the providence of the pickers. Concordia has helped ensure that standards of accommodation are good, that my participants are happy and consequently more productive. Knowing we have a reliable workforce of participants from Concordia means we can grow our business year on year.” - Alastair Brooks, Langdon Manor. We deliver the National Citizen Service programme (NCS) in West Sussex, and we have supported hundreds of young people aged 16 -17 on 4 week programmes aimed at increasing their confidence, skills and commitment to their local communities. This, combined with our international volunteering programmes, means that we have developed a vast experience in working and supporting young people. Find out more about NCS. We can also offer you places on training events and seminars organised by our partner organisations on topics such as leadership, social inclusion, environmental sustainability, gender equality and more. These positions are usually funded by the EU or other international institutions. The NCS, Farm and Volunteer teams support each other and work together to ensure that all of our partners, growers, agents, workers and volunteers receive the best possible care and assistance.