The short answer is NO… you don’t need a TEFL qualification to be offered a project with VESL and the vast majority of volunteers do not have any formal qualifications. In general, applicants tend to have some experience of working with children or are able to show an appreciation of what might be expected of […]
Do I need a TEFL qualification?
When do I have to start paying for my project?
We send out project offers in the week following your interview and ask you confirm your place within two weeks. We ask volunteers to pay an initial deposit of £250 towards their project cost when confirming. If anyone needs time to fundraise this deposit we can arrange to extend that deposit date so we can be […]
When is the deadline for applications?
Firstly let me state that no time is too early to apply! We have a rolling selection process which is open throughout the year so technically there is no deadline. In practice, however, there are a number of factors that govern what date you must apply by… Re. 4-6 week project If you’re applying for […]
Can I volunteer with my friend?
Re. Partnering Volunteers We completely understand why you might feel apprehensive about heading overseas on your own and this is why we try to partner all of our summer short term volunteers. We also try to arrange things so that it’s small groups of volunteers starting on the same date and a number of you […]
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Are all Selection events in London?
We do run a lot of our events out of London as this tends to be the easiest place for the vast majority of people to get to or it’s within a couple of hours of their front door. We do run events out of Manchester and Edinburgh but, for most people, these locations are […]
I’ve only got a 4-5 weeks available
Q. “My friend and I have graduation mid-end July and we start a PGCE course in September, so we’re not very flexible. Are we able to fit a project into that time?” A. We get a lot of volunteers in exactly the same situation and this shouldn’t be a problem at all. You might also […]
How do you work out project start dates?
For short-term (4 – 6 week) projects we try to organise a number of different start dates throughout the summer as people have all sorts of commitments we need to work around. These dates fall throughout June/July/August/September. We ask for your preferred date and project length at selection and we try our best to match […]
Why do I have to be interviewed?
Q. Why do I have to attend an information and selection event? A. A selection events is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know VESL and find out if we are the right organisation for you. It also gives you a chance to ask all those questions or natural concerns you might have […]
Volunteer Safety Overseas
Q. How do you ensure my safety overseas? A. This is an important consideration for many volunteers. Heading out to work in an unknown environment, far from from friends and family, can be an incredibly daunting prospect for those without experience of traveling overseas. Volunteer safety is of paramount importance to us here at VESL. Each new […]
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