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Our motto is “small steps together”. The projects we support reflect this motto, because when we are working together we achieve far more by way of creating a sense of ownership, achievement and empowerment, both for the African people we work with and for ourselves.
All volunteers must be at least 19 yrs old.
For short term volunteers there is no educational or professional requirements. Depending on the needs of a specific project there may be skills requirements or educational, or professional qualifications.
Candidates are required to submit a detailed application form. Following a successful interview, receipt of two suitable references and vetting through Access NI, volunteers are accepted to either a long or short term programme.
Short term volunteers pay a deposit of £500 soon after selection. Additionally each volunteer is required to fundraise £3,000 for projects. Volunteers are responsible for arranging own passports, visa, vaccinations and medicines as required for specific country of assignment. Volunteers are expected to fund own free/leisure time and activities while abroad.
Airline tickets and insurance are arranged by the organisation. While on assignment, food, accommodation and transport costs are paid for by the charity.
Work Individually/In Teams
Short term assignments are in teams of 6-10
Generally long term volunteers are placed individually to projects where they will be working on their own but have the support of SMA Fathers who are working in close proximity.
In Country Support
Yes, our volunteers will always have the support of the SMA Regional and other SMA priests in the area. (The regional supervisor having ultimate responsibility for the volunteer.
Pre Programme Training
For short term volunteers, they must attend 3 full days of training and one residential weekend. Long term volunteers attend training with dTalk (1 week)
Yes volunteers are invited to a debriefing day shortly after returning home
Contact with Returned Volunteers
Yes it is our policy to include returned volunteers in our training programme. They attend the first training day and after that can be contacted by the preparing volunteers.
Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa
Social Work, community involvement
6 Weeks short term
long term: minimum of 1-2 years
96 Glen Road Newry BT34 1RH Northern Ireland