Fair Trade Volunteering

Ensuring that your money and your presence benefit the local community when you volunteer overseas

Member Orgainzations meet 5 Criteria

  • 1. MINIMUM "LOCAL INVESTMENT" LEVEL

    Organisations provide investment into the project itself above and beyond the volunteer's time and work. This can be in the form of finance, resources or training.
  • 2. LONG TERM COMMITMENT TO THE PROJECT (MINIMUM 3 YEARS)

    Organisations have a direct relationship with the host project or community, and develop the project in joint communication with their project partners.
  • 3. CLEAR AND HONEST PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND THOROUGH VOLUNTEER PREPARATION

    Organisations give clear, comprehensive and honest descriptions of their projects. They also have an appropriate pre-departure selection, preparation and training programme.
  • 4. IN-COUNTRY SUPPORT AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

    Volunteers receive constant support and regular communication while on site at their project.
  • 5. 100% VOLUNTEER EXPENSES COVERED BY THE PLACEMENT ORGANISATION, NOT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

    Organisations ensure that 100% of volunteer expenses on site (food, accommodation, transport) are covered, and are not in any way the responsibility of the local community.

Volunteering Fair Trade Volunteering has been established by leaders in the gap year and volunteering industry. The standard exists to give volunteer placement organisations a benchmark by which to operate their placements, as well as giving prospective volunteers a clear and simple way to understand what they should be looking for in a Fair Trade Volunteering placement.