Fair Trade Volunteering

Volunteering Fair Trade Volunteering has been established by leaders in the gap year and volunteering industry. The standard exists to give volunteer placement organisations a benchmark by which to operate their placements, as well as giving prospective volunteers a clear and simple way to understand what they should be looking for in a Fair Trade Volunteering placement.

Member Orgainzations meet 5 Criteria

  • 1. CLEAR AND HONEST PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND THOROUGH VOLUNTEER PREPARATION

    Organisations give clear, comprehensive and honest descriptions of their projects. They also have an appropriate selection, preparation and training programme for volunteers before departure.
  • 2. IN COUNTRY SUPPORT AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

    Volunteers receive constant support and regular communication while on site at their project.
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    3. 100% VOLUNTEER EXPENSES COVERED ON THE GROUND

    Organisations ensure that 100% of volunteer expenses on site (food, accommodation, transport) are covered by their placement fee.
  • 4. MINIMUM “LOCAL INVESTMENT” LEVEL

    Organisations provide a minimum level of investment into the project itself above and beyond the volunteer’s time and work. This can be in the form of finance, resources or training.
  • 5. LONG TERM COMMITMENT TO THE PROJECT (MINIMUM 3 YEARS)

    Organisations have a direct relationship with the host project or community, and develop the project in joint communication with their project partners.