VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS

PLEASE NOTE: This is a preliminary application, if accepted, a more detailed form will be emailed to you.

ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST UNDERGO VETTING PROCEDURES before participating in any activity under the auspices of Chernobyl Children’s Trust.

ROLE OF VOLUNTEERS AT THE SUMMER CAMP: The 'Camp' usually takes place in August each year and volunteers spend one or two weeks abroad.The purpose of the camp is to give the special needs children and young adults in our disability support programme and their main carer a much needed holiday away from their usual environment in a special respite centre. The primary purpose for you and the other volunteers is to provide a little respite for the carers (usually mothers) by taking care of their children and entertaining them for parts of each day, in group activities in a supervised setting. Many of these children are profoundly disabled, some not having the use of hands or legs and therefore as a group you have to be imaginative with activities! You will receive help and support in planning activities and each volunteer group will have a mix of experienced past volunteers and new volunteers. This is a challenging but hugely rewarding experience! Volunteers who have previous experience of working with children with disabilities are especially welcome; but the most important traits of volunteers for this role are energy, enthusiasm and ability to work as part of a team. In addition to spending time in the respite centre, volunteers also visit some of the other areas where Chernobyl Children’s Trust works in Belarus. These include visiting orphanages for children with physical and intellectual disabilities and visiting villages to see where children are invited from, for our summer holiday programme in Ireland. Volunteers fundraise in advance to cover associated costs. If you wish to apply for this role and would like further information, please fill-in this form and we will be in touch soon. Please read Volunteer’s story of Trip to Belarus.

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