A cross-cultural team of volunteers from across the UK and Nigeria are set to contribute over 5000 hours of volunteering in Thurrock’s communities this summer.
The volunteers are taking part in Global Xchange, an international volunteering programme for 18-25 year olds, which is run and fully-funded by leading international development charity Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), and the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.
Global Xchange brings together diverse groups of young people to spend up to 6 months in both a UK and overseas community. Volunteer teams spend up to 3 months in each community. The programme aims to inspire the next generation of active citizens by involving the young people who take part in volunteer placements with local organisations whilst they learn about the area and culture of the community from local families whom they live with.
Jennifer Angus, the UK Programme Supervisor is now appealing for local people and organisations to come forward and offer their support to the Global Xchange volunteer team who will arrive in Thurrock in early July, having spent 10 weeks volunteering in Ilorin, Nigeria.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the people and organisations of Thurrock to be involved in an initiative which is unique in its approach to community development and volunteering,” she says.
“The young people who take part get to experience life in two very different communities. Through this opportunity we hope to inspire them and in turn they can inspire others.”
She invites friendly families and individuals with a spare room to apply to host a cross-cultural pair of volunteers for up to 9 weeks from early July to early
September whilst the young people carry out their activities. Hosts receive £100 per week to cover the costs of accommodating the volunteers.
Similarly, organisations who feel they could offer a volunteer placement or ideas for one-off activities should get in touch.
Naya Naqvi, Chief Executive of Thurrock CVS, urged people to get involved and support the project. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help your own community while gaining a rich experience of another culture.”