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Joining a STAND programme can be a life changing experience for many. The opportunity to live and work abroad, especially in countries with big cultural differences is understandably quite daunting for many. Here we hope to answer some of the many questions potential volunteers have about the projects and what it is like to live and work in another country.

If you have any questions that aren't answered here, please get in touch with us.

  • How long is a typical trip abroad?
    A typical programme 10 days to 2 weeks, although there is a pre-departure training programme which is compulsory. For our High Intensity Teams, the trip will last 4-5 days and training will be a couple of meetings before the trip.
  • How far in advance do I have to apply?
    If you would like to do a longer trip, we suggest you get in touch with us 3 - 4 months before it takes place. If you are doing a High Intensity Team, you can apply at any time. The first step in the process is to complete the enquiries form on our website so that discussions & selection can begin.
  • Can I take part in training virtually?
    At the moment, we do not offer virtual training if you would like to learn abroad. We engage in in-person team building work before trip and can cover travel expenses for volunteers travelling to training.
  • What will I do with my time?
    Each project is unique, but you will be expected to follow a schedule that can vary from working with children or disabled adults to construction and renovation work.
  • Who can participate?
    Anyone from the age of 16 who has had experience of social or economic disadvantage. This may include periods of homelessness, alcohol or drug misuse, or mental health issues.
  • What does the programme cost?
    All of the costs are covered however you will be expected to fundraise some money to cover additional costs. This money will be used to directly benefit the projects you are working with abroad.

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