Preparing for Volunteering
When you volunteer through Indigo Volunteers you are supporting grass-roots, small organisations that need your support and expertise.
Volunteering does require planning, research, and preparation. So we thought we would help you out by providing you with information and directing you to different sites to research. As you go through your journey with us we will be giving you information on ways to take care of yourself, things to think about and ways to prepare.
Indigo may match you with up to three projects in order to give you options. It is vital to respond to each match to either confirm or decline your interest. The projects we support have finite resources and are spread thin so please be respectful of their time by responding to them. If none of your matches are successful, then volunteering at this time may not be the right time for you but please don’t hesitate to email us. If you would like advice on which placement to accept, should you be offered more than one, we are always available to advise you.
Travelling and Volunteering during COVID
Read our blog on way to prepare and what to expect.
The best way to prepare to volunteer is to read through our hand-picked learning resources. These will tell you more about responsible volunteering and how to be part of changing the narrative.
Indigo Volunteers has partnered with The Human Hive to provide both online and in-person training which has been specifically designed for people supporting vulnerable people in grassroots projects.
This training will give you tools to manage build resilience, teach you how to use your skills effectively to include others in your activities, and give you a supervised real world experience before you leave home.
Cost with Indigo discount code: £32.50 + £6.40 (VAT) = £39
Read more about this on our training page.
Find this and more training and workshop opportunities in our Training page.
Welfare and tips on looking after yourself
When volunteering it’s important to take care of your own health and well-being. You may be affected by what you experience during your volunteering placement. It is important to pay extra attention to your own well-being, meaning you’re physically and mentally fit to help others. We will provide you with information and services to access once you apply.
General destination information
Travel publishers like the LONELY PLANET or ROUGH GUIDE are a great source of information about the location of your volunteer placement, especially if you’re based in a city. Check out a few examples below:
Join our Facebook Group dedicated to volunteering: The Volunteer Hub.
If you are a UK passport holder please read our blog on how Brexit will affect you when volunteering abroad.