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No matter where you are in Scotland, you have access to training and learning opportunities abroad that can help you gain skills, boost confidence, and earn qualifications.


Our organization offers multiple trips throughout the year, with mentors available to provide support. We partner with other organizations to offer placements in Ghana and Romania, each with a unique set of activities and tasks that focus on developing various skills.

We offer shorter 3 to 4 day trips for young people, aged 16-30, as well as longer trips of 2 to 3 weeks for anyone over 16.

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Start a New Day with us

As part of The Learning Alliance Scotland (LAS), an informal cluster of several third sector interfaces and organisations. We offer training and support into employment for young people and adults in East Dunbartonshire through a person led approach.

LAS don’t just provide SQA recognised training and qualifications, we also offer socio-emotional support that includes digital and literacy skills, interview planning, personal presentation and branding, self-employment support, and job matching.

If you want to learn and work with STAND, this is what your journey will look like.

Your Journey with Us

1. Getting Started

Register your interest here 

2. Informal Interview & PVG Check

We will be in touch with you to have a chat and get to know you. Before you start any volunteering with us, you have a PVG check so you can work with vulnerable groups of people.

3. Training

Training takes place across eight to ten weeks and covers mentor matching and pre-departure support to get you ready to go!

Note: If you are involved in a High Intensity Team, training will be short and take place over 2 or 3 sessions.

4. Trip Abroad

To your destination country

5. Post Trip Support

STAND and your mentor will support you

  • How long is a typical trip abroad?
    A typical programme lasts two to four weeks, although there is a pre-departure training programme which is compulsory. For our High Intensity Teams, the trip will last 3-4 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 2-3 week 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 volunteering enquiries form on our website so that discussions can begin and we can match you to your project.
  • Can I take part in training virtually?
    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.

Learning Opportunities Abroad

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