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   Living and working together as a team

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller

Volunteering is a great option for gap year takers, people looking for more experience in certain fields, or those tired of the exhausting routine of everyday life. Regardless of the reason, most people find that volunteering excels in showing the importance and reality of community life, teamwork, and cooperation.

Long-term volunteer programmes usually include a diverse team constructed of people from all around the world. Those who take volunteering extra seriously and make sure volunteers are adequately prepared and include a training period at their learning centers.

Those times include a heavy focus on community life where volunteers (also teachers and project leaders) live together, cook, study, work, do sports, prepare events, etc. It is impossible to avoid cooperation between different people, cultures, and personalities which greatly increases volunteers’ social and commutation skills.

The community life aspect

The essence of community life is the sharing of responsibilities. When you live together with a group of people over an extended period of time and you are united by a common goal it is only natural to find a way to cooperate. This also includes discovering ways to solve problems diplomatically when they arise and preserving the integrity of the community and the friendly atmosphere.

Volunteering includes specific skills and areas or work, most of which rely on teamwork. This means active involvement in the community, forming relationships of trust, and active cooperation. Most volunteers finish projects with life-long relationships with their team. Practical actions are often part of the process of improving the relationship between teammates.

Teamwork means…

Teamwork includes many aspects that boost different personal qualities.

One of the most important once is decision-making. When you are part of a community with 10-15 other people the decision-making process suddenly becomes harder. You need to make compromises, communicate your views and opinions clearly and understandably. This helps volunteers improve their communication and management skills and walk away from the project prepared for teamwork on a higher level.

Another part of the process is generally making things work. Volunteer projects come with many responsibilities and goals which need to be achieved and the only way to do this is to find a way to work with your team.

This includes a strong set of persistence, dedication, patience, and compromise. Looking for solutions for different angles instead of sticking to your personal approaches and opinions is also part of the process.

In any case, living and working together with other people can teach you a lot of important skills and boost qualities which will be highly valued by you and others in the future.

 

What skills can I develop as a Take 10 Volunteer?

Through the different periods and elements of the programme you have the possibility to develop the following skills:

  • Written & Verbal Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership
  • Self-Reflection
  • Confidence
  • Public Speaking
  • Decision Making
  • Investigative Research
  • Proactive Problem Solving
  • Project Management
Do I need a college degree or field experience to join the programme?

No.

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.

Community and teamwork
A structured gap year can be just what you need.
Live and Learn

Our partners:

Humana People To People India

HPP India is an NGO that strives to unite the people of India and create positive development. They do this by implementing projects transferring knowledge, skills, and capacity to communities that need assistance to fight poverty and other on-going issues.

Learn More

DAPP Malawi

DAPP Malawi believes that poverty can be overcome through adopting a coordinated, community wide approach to development.

A combination of  projects within education, adult literacy, improved livelihoods, increased production, health, women’s empowerment and environmental protection is implemented.

Learn More

DAPP Zambia

DAPP Zambia is working towards an improved livelihood, health, and human rights for all people of Zambia. The projects of the organisation harness peoples’ power and skills for sustainable development and positive collective change.

Learn More

ADPP Mozambique

ADPP Mozambique strives to promote social and economic development for the people of Mozambique who are in the most venerable position.

Perceiving development as a holistic and inclusive process the organisation strives to achieve wellbeing for the people of the country.

Learn More

Is a gap year the right choice?

Taking a gap year before diving into higher education has many benefits for your future personal and professional development. Here are some of them.

Skills, Experience, Qualifications

Looking for a way to practice what you have learned and take your first steps in the humanitarian sector?
There are many ways to get hands-on experience and acquire the qualifications you need for a good start. Check our resources to get some inspiration and useful information.

Is it worth taking a year out?

What can you do to make a gap year absolutely worth it? There are lots of options and you can get a lot out of it as long as you have a good structure.

community life and teamwork

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller

Volunteering is a great option for gap year takers, people looking for more experience in certain fields, or those tired of the exhausting routine of everyday life. Regardless of the reason, most people find that volunteering excels in showing the importance and reality of community life, teamwork, and cooperation.

A structured gap year can be just what you need.

Long-term volunteer programmes usually include a diverse team constructed of people from all around the world. Those who take volunteering extra seriously and make sure volunteers are adequately prepared and include a training period at their learning centers.

Those times include a heavy focus on community life where volunteers (also teachers and project leaders) live together, cook, study, work, do sports, prepare events, etc. It is impossible to avoid cooperation between different people, cultures, and personalities which greatly increases volunteers’ social and commutation skills.

The community life aspect

The essence of community life is the sharing of responsibilities. When you live together with a group of people over an extended period of time and you are united by a common goal it is only natural to find a way to cooperate. This also includes discovering ways to solve problems diplomatically when they arise and preserving the integrity of the community and the friendly atmosphere.

Volunteering includes specific skills and areas or work, most of which rely on teamwork. This means active involvement in the community, forming relationships of trust, and active cooperation. Most volunteers finish projects with life-long relationships with their team. Practical actions are often part of the process of improving the relationship between teammates.

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
  • Leadership
  • Self-Reflection
  • Confidence
  • Public Speaking
  • Decision Making
  • Investigative Research
  • Proactive Problem Solving
  • Project Management
Do I need a college degree or field experience to join the programme?

No.

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.

Teamwork means…

Teamwork includes many aspects that boost different personal qualities.

One of the most important once is decision-making. When you are part of a community with 10-15 other people the decision-making process suddenly becomes harder. You need to make compromises, communicate your views and opinions clearly and understandably. This helps volunteers improve their communication and management skills and walk away from the project prepared for teamwork on a higher level.

teamwork is key

Another part of the process is generally making things work. Volunteer projects come with many responsibilities and goals which need to be achieved and the only way to do this is to find a way to work with your team.

This includes a strong set of persistence, dedication, patience, and compromise. Looking for solutions for different angles instead of sticking to your personal approaches and opinions is also part of the process.

In any case, living and working together with other people can teach you a lot of important skills and boost qualities which will be highly valued by you and others in the future.

we are all connected

Our Partners:

Humana People To People India

HPP India is an NGO that strives to unite the people of India and create positive development. They do this by implementing projects transferring knowledge, skills, and capacity to communities that need assistance to fight poverty and other on-going issues.

Learn More

DAPP Malawi

DAPP Malawi believes that poverty can be overcome through adopting a coordinated, community wide approach to development.

A combination of  projects within education, adult literacy, improved livelihoods, increased production, health, women’s empowerment and environmental protection is implemented.

Learn More

DAPP Zambia

DAPP Zambia is working towards an improved livelihood, health, and human rights for all people of Zambia. The projects of the organisation harness peoples’ power and skills for sustainable development and positive collective change.

Learn More

ADPP Mozambique

ADPP Mozambique strives to promote social and economic development for the people of Mozambique who are in the most venerable position.

Perceiving development as a holistic and inclusive process the organisation strives to achieve wellbeing for the people of the country.

Learn More