Xchange Scotland is a charity set up by young people in Scotland to help others see the world and develop communities along the way! Our aim is to offer a world of exciting and accessible international opportunities. We are built on the principals of Active Global Citizenship and Intercultural Understanding - to inspire volunteering around the corner and around the World.
How we Work
We are part of 2 international Networks: Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and CCIVS, which collectively allow us to cooperate with organisations within 55 countries worldwide.
Opportunities for you to see the World and Volunteer
International Volunteer Projects (IVPs)
These are from 2 weeks up to 1 year long and involves other volunteers from different countries working with you on a project benefiting the local community. Volunteers are provided with food and accommodation. While giving back you discover a country in an authentic way, exchange cultures with people from around the world and develop your sense of initiative, language skills and ability to work in a team.
Where: Over 55 countries worldwide, through our network we can offer places on over 1700 projects.
Cost: £ 250 project contribution. Volunteers have to pay for their own travel to their project and their travel insurance.
Who: Anyone over 17 years old, no skills required.
Apply: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round with most in the summer and are added to our website for all to see.
Looking for a longer opportunity?
Xchange Scotland sends volunteers on European Voluntary Service (EVS). This is a European Commission funded programme that enables young people to volunteer long-term abroad. From 3 months up to 1 year - mainly European countries although it is possible to go beyond Europe as well.
Cost: All costs are covered by the grant. The EVS programme pays for your living expenses, pocket money, accommodation and your travel.
What: A life changing experience to enhance young people's initiative, creativity and enterprise. Project themes are cultural, social, environmental and many more.
Who: Anyone 18-30, some projects available to 17 year olds too.
Apply: Email email@example.com or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round.
What we do in Scotland
Just as we send volunteers on short-term and long-term projects overseas, likewise we co-ordinate international groups to take part in similar projects in Scotland. These projects are also open to anyone living in Scotland to become Xchange Scotland Project leaders - an important role in the projects we co-ordinate here in Scotland.
If you are interested in coming to Scotland to volunteer, get in touch and we will provide information on the projects and organisations we are working with.
Our Education Work
We offer a range of exciting Non-Formal Educational Activities. These are topics related to global education, such as active citizenship, intercultural understanding, anti-sectarianism and equality. if you are interested in participating in/helping to run these workshops, then do get in touch!