29. November 2022

Voluntary service in Great Britain (6 months)

Our colleagues at Concordia UK are looking for volunteers to work at Fairthorne Manor YMCA in Southampton for 6 months.

Fairthorne Manor is situated in a village called Curdridge near the town of Southampton on the south coast of England. Fairthorne Manor is around a 15 minute walk into the village where there are shops and pubs. The nearest train station is Botley, from where it is around half an hour's drive to Southampton city centre.

Each year, thousands of visitors are welcomed to the 94-acre site of YMCA Fairthorne Manor. The site includes mature woodland, a lake, access to the River Hamble and a range of exciting outdoor activities. Fairthorne is a place of firsts - from toddlers going for a walk, kids splashing in the mud, being away from home for the first time, trying new activities or having an unforgettable school trip.

There is currently one vacancy for volunteers in each of three positions:

CONCUKMTV01-23: Support High Ropes as 'Activity Leader High Ropes' from February 20th to August 18th, 2023.

CONCUKMTV01B-23: Join all water sports activities as 'Activity Leader Water' from March 13th to August 18th, 2023.

CONCUKMTV01C-23: Assist as an 'Activity Leader' in all kinds of YMCA activities from April 13th to October 13th, 2023.

Whilst at Fairthorne Manor you will host groups, lead activities, games and evening entertainment, keep the dining room running smoothly, sing around the campfire, welcome families to events, of course be a professional in the YMCA dance routine and make a big difference to the community in general.

Behind the scenes, you'll keep the big operation running smoothly by helping tend the forest and grasslands, running activities, pitching tents with the Estates team, helping in the kitchen, making beds and more.

Your profile

  •     You are at least 18 years old.

  •     You have a strong motivation to work with young people.

  •     You have good knowledge of spoken and written English.

  •     You want to learn new skills and improve the ones you already have.

  •     You love the idea of ​​making every visit to Fairthorne special.

As a volunteer you will receive...

...toiletries, towels, washing powder, access to washing facilities, a full uniform including boots. Your travel expenses from London to Fairthorne, some journeys, travel expenses for doctors/dentists will be reimbursed. Bikes and safety gear are provided for volunteers.

You will also receive a small allowance of around £420.00 to use for personal items.

Apply now!

You can apply directly to volunteer at the Fairthorne Manor YMCA using the links above.

If you have any questions, you can contact our colleague Max from Concordia UK: max.bateman@concordia.org.uk.

As this position depends on a successful VISA application, we strongly recommend that you apply at least two months before the start of the project. Later applicants may be considered, but with the risk of a later start.

Lukas is at your disposal for all questions about longer voluntary services abroad and the application for them:

Send an email: outgoing@ibg-workcamps.org