Frequently Asked Questions
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What does it take to become an International Development Volunteer?
In order to enroll in the 10 month International Development Volunteer programme, you need to meet the following requirements: You are 18 years old or older.
- You are ready to leave your home for 10 months to volunteer in a community environment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- You have decided not to drink alcohol or take drugs for the entirety of the program.
- You are eager to experience a multidisciplinary and collective training programme, which includes theoretical and practical activities.
- You are ready to immerse yourself in a multicultural and diverse community.
- You are ready to volunteer where you are most needed.
- You look forward to engaging with the Humana People to People projects in a spirit of cooperation, mutual learning and respect.
- You are committed to learn about people, cultures, values and traditions, and to share your knowledge and stories with the public after your travels.
Do I need a college degree or field experience to join the programme?
Neither a specific experience nor a degree is needed.
Our programmes are designed to equip you with the relevant knowledge and skills you will need for the project period abroad – the rest you will learn along the way.
Can I take holidays during the programme?
There will be no holidays during the 10 months’ programme.
You will have three months intensive training to build a strong team and to prepare yourself for the project period.
After the project period, it is essential that the team evaluate their efforts and pass on experience to the next team and the general public.
Can I work or go to school while doing the programme?
Our programmes are a 24/7 responsibility and require full time commitment.
You will be busy training, travelling, working at your project, and sharing your experience with others.
Do I need to be a European Union citizen?
You do not need to be a European Union citizen.
It is possible to gain a short stay visa in Denmark, UK or Norway that will cover the duration of the three months at the learning centre.
If you are a non-European Union citizen, it is important you investigate whether you need a visa.
What skills can I develop as an International Development Volunteer?
Through the different periods and elements of the programme you have the possibility to develop the following skills:
- Written & Verbal Communication
- Interpersonal Skills
- Public Speaking
- Decision Making
- Investigative Research
- Proactive Problem Solving
- Project Management
Can I choose where I want to go in Africa or India?
There is a variety of starting dates and destinations.
Our project partners will define which projects have the highest priority.
Our experience is that volunteers enjoy the experience and have a great time regardless of which project they are posted at.
Which African countries can I go to?
You can volunteer in the following countries:
Additional facts: There are 54 countries on the African continent. Humana People to People members work in 10 of these.
Are couples, friends and family members able to do the programme together?
Yes, you are welcome to do our programmes and travel to the projects with your partner, friends or family.
Each of you needs to comply with all requirements to be eligible for the programme.
Can I contact my family and friends during the project period?
Yes, you will be able to contact your family through text message, phone, email and social media.
Keep in mind that you may be in areas with limited internet connection. We recommend that you get a local sim-card, which is very accessible, so you can be easily reached.
Why do we ask our participants to agree to our no drugs-no alcohol policy?
At each learning centre, you are part of a community striving to be an example of international cooperation and development. In such a context, alcohol and drugs get in the way; they divide the community, distract us from our objectives and put our safety at risk.
Will I be safe overseas?
We care deeply about the safety of our participants.
The countries where we work have safe working environments. You will volunteer with other members of your team at an already established project run by Humana People to People.
We present the safety regulations of the project countries to all participants who are asked to comply with them.