What is a typical SVA volunteer?
There is no typical SVA volunteer. Most volunteers do come from the University of Glasgow but we do accept individuals from other colleges, universities or no higher education institutions at all! We have had people from Glasgow Clyde College and the University of Edinburgh to name a few.
What do we look for?
he main things connecting our volunteers are an interest in giving back to the global community, a taste for an adventure, and an enthusiasm for working with other people. You need no particular previous experience in international development, fundraising or construction. All the skills and knowledge you need for your project will be given to you throughout the preparation process. We do however look for the following:
- The ability to work well in a team and adapt easily to challenging situations.
- The ability to be flexible and open minded with respect to different cultures and personal opinions.
- An interest in international development and volunteering.
- Dedication, resilience and initiative.
- Show an awareness of SVA as an organisation and the kind of projects that we operate
How do we assess these skills?
We will assess these skills in three different ways, all applicants will be entitled to the following:
- Application form: the application form allows us to assess your skills and attributes and decide whether you'd be compatible with SVA's aims.
- Selection day: the selection day provides an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate their skills and attributes and what they could bring to SVA and their desired projects. The selection day also provides a chance to socialise and become familiar with other applications who you may end up on project with.
- Individual informal interview: the informal interview is a short interview to assess whether you'd work well on the project and whether the project is an ideal fit for yourself.