Volunteer opportunity description
Volunteer with us and bring joy and wonderful holiday memories
We're looking for enthusiastic, energetic and motivated volunteers to come on our residential projects this spring (project will run from 2nd - 8th April) and summer (project dates still tbc, but each will be 7 days long and during the school summer holidays). There are a variety of roles on offer, including:
- Group Helpers, who work in pairs with small groups of children ensure that they are safe, happy and have the best holiday possible
- Domestic Volunteers, who are responsible for cooking meals and ensuring the project site is kept clean and welcoming for our children
- Drivers, who look after our minibuses and safely get our children to and from their activities
- Storytellers, who help record the children's holiday though photography, film and interviews
All roles include spending time with our children and are very 'hands on' - we expect our volunteers to be part of the children's holiday, not just supervising it! Days are long and jam packed with activities, from swimming and visiting the beach, to feeding animals on a farm and building rafts and woodland shelters. We're looking for volunteers with the right attitude and approach – you must be willing to be flexible and patient when plans change or things go a little wrong, able to work reflectively and inclusively and not put off by ‘roughing it’ a bit (you might be sleeping on an air mattress and probably won’t have the luxury of nice long baths and showers!). You also need to be prepared to get by without much sleep for a week, but in return, we promise you an unforgettable week and the chance to do something truly amazing with your holidays!
To provide important continuity for the children, it is important that all volunteers attend the full length of projects (usually 1 week) – it is not possible to volunteer for a part of a project. For this reason as well, all volunteers must be residential (accommodation will be provided at the project site).
We provide full project training for all new volunteers (we’ll let you know about the dates for this once we have received your application) and you will be working closely with experienced team members who have done the projects before and know the ropes, so you’ll always be well supported. That said, we are always on the lookout for people with specific skills and training in First Aid, Catering and Food Hygiene and Minibus Driving. If you are interested in doing any of these things, but don’t hold the relevant qualifications, we can usually arrange training for you to, so please let us know.
All volunteering positions with Free to Be are subject to a successful interview and references. All volunteers also need to undergo an enhanced DBS check.
Our projects happen in buildings we hire (usually residential schools or outdoor education centres) in rural locations relatively close to London. For our Easter project, we will be based in an outdoor education centre in the New Forest. We are still confirming the location for our Summer Residentials. Unfortunately, we cannot cover travel costs to and from our project site (usually within an hour or so of London, in a rural location), however, we can provide car parking and, if you are coming by train, we can usually collect you from the nearest station. Once you are with us, all food, accommodation and activity costs are covered by us.
Our volunteer needs
We need volunteers who are free at these times