There are many reasons why people decide to volunteer - to learn about a different culture, develop their professional skills, or give something back to society.
What is certain is that the experience is hugely beneficial, not only to those you work with but also to yourself.
Spending time within the local community, learning to communicate in the local language, learning about the customs, social life and comparing the differences with your own means you don't just get a superficial glance at the way things are but can actually develop a real insight into the country. And, of course, there is the opportunity to meet other people and make new friends.
To provide some stability for the working team, and especially the children, we ask that all volunteers work with SKIP for a minimum of one month. For co-ordinator positions this is a minimum of six months.
What some of our volunteers say about their experience at SKIP:
What some of the volunteers at SKIP have had to say about the programme
Marley Lynch - volunteered for three months as an English teacher in public schools and yoga teacher to the mums:
"The main draw for most people to volunteer is to give back time, skills, knowledge, experience, energy and caring. Whatever YOU can bring to your volunteer experience will stay behind long after you leave. But there is also a lot to gain. You can widen your perspective and see how the developing world lives. You can stretch yourself, explore your identity, share your passions, and challenge your beliefs. You can learn another language, get to know a different culture, and gain insights into the local ways. You get the unique opportunity to hang out with the locals, and your co-volunteers might well turn into lifelong friends. Your experience as a learner, a teacher, a worker, a giver, and a friend will stay with you, too, after you depart."