Placement FAQs

Volunteering with SAFAD

  1. Who is eligible for a placement?
  2. What sort of people are SAFAD looking for?
  3. What preparation is involved?
  4. How will I communicate with SAFAD during the placement?
  5. What is required the end of the placement?

General Placement Programme

  1. What are the aims of the SAFAD placements programme?
  2. When do the placements run?
  3. What is the selection process?
  4. How are placements funded?
  5. How much money do volunteers have to contribute?

Volunteering with SAFAD FAQs

  1. Who is eligible for a placement?
    Placements are open to all Cranfield University graduates.
  2. What sort of people are SAFAD looking for?
    Most successful placement volunteers will have the relevant technical background required for the position. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in development, and the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience to undertake the placement successfully.
  3. What preparation is involved?
    Selected volunteers will receive a briefing from the SAFAD Projects Team, introducing them to their placement and the partner organisation. SAFAD will guide volunteers towards appropriate research and preparation which may be carried out prior to departure. All volunteers selected for placements must also attend the SAFAD pre-departure training course in August (date to be confirmed).
  4. How will I communicate with SAFAD during the placement?
    All volunteers will be assigned with a Project Appraisal Officer (PAO) who will be their point of contact before departure and during placements. The PAO will provide support through regular contact with volunteer and ensuring timely payments of subsistence. Please be aware that as SAFAD is exclusively run by Cranfield students, a new committee will be elected each October hence the PAO for 2016 will be different for 2017. Once the new committee is formed, all projects will be handed over and volunteers will be contacted by the new PAO. In the unlikely case of a medical or other emergency, the volunteer will be supplied with a contact number for SAFAD, who have access to their next of kin details, insurance and relevant medical details.
  5. What is required during and at the end of the placement?
    Volunteers are required to complete an Initial Monitoring Report within the first 4 weeks of arrival. Towards the end of their placement, volunteers are required to produce a Finale Evaluation Report. This is used by the placements programme to determine what the volunteer has achieved during their placement, and deal with any problems with the placement for the following year. Volunteers are encouraged to submit a presentation to SAFAD for next year’s committee programme promotion.

General Placement Programme FAQs

  1. What are the aims of the SAFAD placements programme?
    • To reduce poverty
    • To give volunteers work experience in the development sector
    • To increase the capacity of our partners
  2. When do the placements start?
    Volunteers depart for their host country in either October or November. It is the responsibility of the volunteer to ensure that all necessary documents are acquired to facilitate their departure by the end of November; volunteers need to be aware of the time it takes for a visa application. Volunteers are required to fulfill their placement for 6-12 months, depending on what the placement description indicates.
  3. What is the selection process?
    Volunteers can apply for up to 3 placements each. Applicants are graded, and a shortlist of candidates is invited for interview.
  4. How are placements funded?
    SAFAD covers all pre-departure costs, such as flights, visa, insurance and vaccinations. Volunteers will assume the responsibility of getting quotations for their expenses prior to purchase and seek approval from SAFAD. It is volunteer’s responsibility to negotiate the Terms of Reference and budget, which must fall within SAFAD’s scope, with the partner organisation to set a monthly subsistence allowance.
  5. How much money does the volunteer have to contribute?
    Volunteers must contribute £300 towards their placement prior to departure. SAFAD will support volunteers in terms of fundraising activities. A refundable deposit of £200 is also required for successful applicants to secure the position.

NOTE: All placements are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Placements are also conditional on a reasonable security situation for the location as determined by the SAFAD Committee and finding suitably qualified volunteers to undertake the placement. 

 

If your question isn’t covered above, please contact info@safad.org.uk.