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Opportunities to join Pod Volunteer UK and our project teams around the world

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Overseas role - Director of Operations in Ghana

Jobs like this do not come around very often! If you really want to make a measurable difference in the fight against poverty in remote rural villages in Africa this is the opportunity
for you. Our partner charity in Ghana is looking for a Director of Operations to start in Spring 2018.

You will be located at the charity's base in a remote, rural village called Abenta which is near Adawso in the Eastern Region, 2 hours from the capital Accra.

You will lead, inspire and guide a young, dedicated, team of 10, mainly Ghanaian employees and up to 70 European, Australian and American volunteers per year. You will be responsible for project delivery of the charity's water and sanitation, girl empowerment and educational construction projects remote rural villages in the Eastern region of Ghana.

Package includes salary, accommodation, insurance, flight, 35 days holiday a year.

For all the details and how to apply, please click here for the full job description.

Overseas role - Volunteer Coordinator in Peru

Our Community Education team who are based in Huaraz, Peru are able to offer one lucky person the opportunity to become the new International Coordinator in 2018. This sought after role is ideal for someone who is passionate about community development and education. The position is unpaid but accommodation is provided.

The person we are looking for would have: 

  • Strong organisational skills
  • An ability to communicate with a variety of people 
  • A caring and supportive nature 
  • Honesty, reliability and flexibility 

This role includes the following responsibilities: 

  • Invoicing 
  • Managing all social media channels 
  • Outreaching and marketing other volunteering recruitment opportunities
  • Meeting and welcoming all new volunteers
  • Managing any queries from volunteers 
  • Managing project email account 
  • As well as participating in the tutoring and duties at the project  

The ideal applicant would be able to demonstrate both the key attributes we are looking for as well as previous experience with the responsibilities listed. If this sounds like the kind of adventure you have been seeking, then do not hesitate to get in contact with us now.

Please get in touch with Gemma [email protected] if you are interested in the role.

Overseas roles - Volunteer Coordinator Internship, Peru

Our partner project in Peru is seeking an intern to join their team for a minimum of six months to act as a Volunteer Coordinator and Marketing Intern. The position is unpaid but accommodation is provided.

The project work in partnership with a number of children’s initiatives in Arequipa Peru including a kindergarten (Children’s Day Care project) and a Children’s Home.

Position Summary:

Volunteer Co-ordinator activities:

  • Volunteer inductions and exit interviews
  • Chair weekly volunteer meetings
  • Resolving problems
  • Email enquiries
  • Liaise with placements (problems, when volunteers are arriving etc.)
  • Help organize trips
  • Monthly rota
  • Keep project information up to date
  • Helping to manage the dedicated volunteer accommodation (occasional cleaning/tidying if the cleaner is away, ensuring that volunteers follow the house rules, flat induction/exit interviews)

Other core activities:

  • Marketing
  • Translating
  • Liaise with UK based charity (construction project, project needs, fundraisers)
  • Manage donations

Additional volunteering activities:

  • Possibility to teach English a couple of hours a week
  • Volunteer at the children’s projects

Person Specification

  • High intermediate level of Spanish
  • Extrovert but able to work alone and manage time effectively.
  • Good communication skills
  • Organised
  • Willing to help
  • Enjoy working with children (preferably with some experience)
  • Capacity to lead and manage different types of people of all ages
  • Patient and flexible
  • Respect and have an open mind to the customs and rules in the projects and cultures from all over the world.
  • Professional and discrete. Understand that they are a member of staff and therefore separate from the volunteers.
  • Happy to do whatever needs to be done, from data entry to phone calls to taking the bins out as well as the more fun stuff!

Working Hours

You would be required to work at least 42.5 hours a week (generally weekdays), but you would need to be present to welcome new volunteers (7am – 9pm Monday to Sunday).

To register your interest

To apply for this position please send a CV and a Cover Letter stating what you could bring to the project and why you are interested in the position, as well as anything else you would like to include to

Overseas roles - Volunteer Veterinary Nurse, South Africa

Our partner Monkey Rescue project in South Africa is looking to recruit a volunteer veterinary nurse (unpaid, accommodation provided).

It’s an amazing opportunity for a long-term volunteer to gain experience working for a charity utilising their veterinary skills.

Position Summary:

  • Daily monitoring of all primates
  • Management of any health issues (medications, additional feeding etc)
  • Observations, if necessary
  • Record keeping
  • Research, if necessary
  • Accompany primates to the vet
  • Vaccinations & de-worming of all primates
  • Management of a diabetic Mona monkey including insulin injections daily, glucose curves & diet monitoring
  • All long term volunteers are required to do morning feeds on a rota basis and evening wash up if we are short staffed
  • From time to time, when the sanctuary is under pressure (new arrivals etc), you may be asked to do other duties if it does not interfere with the duties outlined above
  • Microscope – Must be fully competent in performing routine fecal exams, and knowledgeable in all aspects of veterinary parasitology. You may be the only person on site with these skills so be prepared to be self-motivated in researching and expanding the laboratory portion of our future clinic.

Minimum age of 23 is desirable dependent on experience. Copies of veterinary qualification certificates will be requested.

What the project does: The sanctuary, which is the first of its kind in South Africa, has been running since 1996. The sanctuary currently cares for over 100 primates of varying species including marmosets, tamarins, mona monkeys, squirrel monkeys, macaques, and lemurs. The sanctuary rescues and provides permanent care for any primate from anywhere in the world. The sanctuary receives a constant stream of requests to assist in the international rescue of primates. Many of these primates arrive with behavioural problems and require rehabilitation. The sanctuary hopes to be able to expand in order to cope with the high demand and with an aim to provide accommodation for apes in the future.

To learn more about the project please see the following link:

Location: The sanctuary is located in Pretoria, which is approximately 45 minutes north of Johannesburg.

Next steps: If this of interest to you, you have any questions or you would like to apply for the position please email [email protected]


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