• India - Sri Lanka - Brazil - UK

    _TheAssignment

    A unique way to take a break, learn about social enterprise and have an overseas adventure.

     

    " A once in a lifetime experience I will never forget" - Linda Coyle, Ireland, June 2016

  • Share your business skills for 2-12 weeks

    Welcome to the _TheAssignment.

     

    Looking to do something different on your time off from work? Feeling like you want to make a positive difference in the world and share your skills to improve people's lives? Or perhaps you want to travel with purpose and have a cross-cultural, highly immersive adventure? Or Both. Then look no further. We currently have active assignments in India, Sri Lanka and Brazil and are launching soon in the UK.

     

    Bringing Social Enterprise Assignments to the UK

    Want to discover what Social Enterprise is like in one of the founding global socially impactful economies? If you'd like to share your skills, live and work in our buzzing capital London or spend some time on the UK's south coast with its warm climes and golden beaches then help us unlock _TheAssignment in the UK.

     

    SHARE SKILLS IN THE UK

     

    Also feel free to email us at info@socialstarters.org to discuss your requirements.

    Independence & Autonomy

     

    With autonomy over the structure of the placement and with flexibility on the start & end dates _TheAssignment gives you the freedom to manage your own volunteer experience. This is an adventurous way to share skills with impactful organisations looking to be more sustainable. If you have the right skills, attitude and professional experience we'd love you to join us on our mission to nurture and develop social entrepreneurial talent around the world.

    Who you'd be working with

    Social Enterprises, Start-Ups, NGOs, Social Purpose Businesses looking to make an impact in their communities. They might be pure start-ups, be in their first 1-3 years, looking to scale, or are 20 years into their impact work but are struggling to adapt in the new world. Find out who we have worked with recently and check out some of the current opportunities live on our site. We're also looking to launch _TheAssignment in the UK so let us know if you're interested by expressing interest HERE.

    Who we're looking for

    • Are you open, pro-active and ready for an adventure?
    • Do you want to take a break to explore how you can make a positive impact in the world?
    • Do you have 6 + years of professional experience and you want share you business skills to make a positive impact?

    Scroll down to find Assignments according to your skill area:

     

    App Developer, Brand Strategy, Business Development, Business Planning, Communications, Content Editor, Customer Relationship Management, E-Commerce, Film Production, Fundraising, Graphic Design, Marketing and Branding, Risk Analysis and Auditing, Performance Management, Product Design, Process, Management, Public Relations, Strategy Planning, Sales, UX Designer, Web Design

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    We are looking for talented individuals like you who want to take some time out and make a difference.

    Let us find you a unique volunteer placement.

     

  • _TheAssignment Roles

    _TheAssignment is flexible volunteering that suits your schedule, for £650.00. See What's Included.

    App Development

    Sudiksha

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of organisation: For Profit Social Enterprise

    Mission: To uplift millions of underprivileged children in India through high-quality, holistic education and to empower women through career development and entrepreneurship. One student, one teacher, one school at a time – we're starting the movement for sustainable change that will impact lives and communities across India, for the better.

    Main activities:

    • To train women to setup and run Early Childhood Education centres (Pre-Schools).

    • Setup low cost high quality Pre-Schools in low income communities and slums

    • Provide teachers training support

    • Developing low cost teaching aids

    • Support supervision and Monitoring of Pre-Schools

    Area of support needed: App Developer

    Length of Assignment: 12 weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • To develop a web application for Sudiksha school operations, to include a database, attendance records, fee management, communication with parents, online curriculum and assessment reports.

    Brand Strategy

    Sudiksha

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of organisation: For Profit Social Enterprise

    Mission: To uplift millions of underprivileged children in India through high-quality, holistic education and to empower women through career development and entrepreneurship. One student, one teacher, one school at a time – we're starting the movement for sustainable change that will impact lives and communities across India, for the better.

    Main activities:

    • To train women to setup and run Early Childhood Education centres (Pre-Schools).

    • Setup low cost high quality Pre-Schools in low income communities and slums

    • Provide teachers training support

    • Developing low cost teaching aids

    • Support supervision and Monitoring of Pre-Schools

    Area of support needed: Brand Strategy

    Length of Assignment: 10-12 weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Support with social media marketing through Facebook, google adwords etc to sign up for franchise
    • Support with developing a framework for various marketing strategies to sell curriculum support to Affordable private schools

    PARCIC

    Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Type of organisation: NGO

    Mission: We aim to connect South and North Sri Lanka by collecting Sari donation and producing items using that, support women financially and give them skills in North who lost their family by Tsunami / Civil war.

    Main activities: Upcycling of saris to be sold in Sri Lanka and Japan, women support group

    Area of support needed: Branding and Marketing Strategy

    Length of Assignment: 4-12 Weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Establishing ‘Sari Connection’ as a brand

    • Research and testing target groups and how to reach them

    • Creating marketing materials, and a customer journey (e.g. from finding the brand online to opening the package)

    Business Development

    Allika

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of Organisation: Social Enterprise (For Profit)

    Mission: Sustainable community livelihoods by empowering women to become entrepreneurs through skilled apprenticeship

    Main activities: Create bags and other fashion/lifestyle items from hyacinth plants, clean lakes and water bodies from hyacinth, train women in different villages where water hyacinth is available and upgrade the skills of present artisans, education on health issues and entrepreneurial skills

    Area of support needed: Business Development

    Length of Assignment: 6-8 weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Planning for expansion

    • Assistance in planning for training programs in other Indian states

    • Strategy development for overall business

    Pras and Danties

    Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Type of organisation: Social Enterprise (For Profit)

    Mission: Pras & Danties is a Batik lingerie and swimwear brand that strives to bring together clothing that is comfortable, functional and classy, whilst making sure that we make an effort to up lift the lives of the crafts men and women who are involved in the craft by introducing new and exciting techniques and designs.

    Main activities: Lingerie and Swimwear design, production and sales; working directly with artisans

    Area of support needed: Business Development

    Length of Assignment: tbc

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Growth of the two sister brands (PND, La Pard) locally and internationally

    • Business Case Development and growth plan for the two plans

    • Development of a strategy and implementation plan

    Business Planning

    Ignis Careers

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of organisation: Social enterprise, for profit

    Mission: To promote purposeful learning

    Main activities:

    • Working with 160 affordable private schools within 2 states (kindergarten to class 10) and running capacity building programmes within these schools.

    • Running english and life skills LAB with specific classes for girls.

    • Training staff and teachers on delivering the sessions - 5 classes a week a year. Training Ignis Careers own curriculum and workbooks.

    • Running Rural Teacher Fellowship with government schools. A pro bono English and Life skills lab where graduates are trained to become teachers in rural schools.

    Area of support needed: Business Planning

    Length of Assignment: 8-12 weeks

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Planning for the next two financial years.
    • Preparing an schedule and plan to achieve the financial goals.
    • Analysing the current processes and filling up gaps, and preparing process documents.

    Communications

    Sudiksha

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of organisation: For Profit Social Enterprise

    Mission: To uplift millions of underprivileged children in India through high-quality, holistic education and to empower women through career development and entrepreneurship. One student, one teacher, one school at a time – we're starting the movement for sustainable change that will impact lives and communities across India, for the better.

    Main activities:

    • To train women to setup and run Early Childhood Education centres (Pre-Schools).

    • Setup low cost high quality Pre-Schools in low income communities and slums

    • Provide teachers training support

    • Developing low cost teaching aids

    • Support supervision and Monitoring of Pre-Schools

    Area of support needed: Communications

    Length of Assignment: 10-12 weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Develop content for the website- content is currently in different places and should be gathered in order to make necessary changes to develop the website
    • Content for franchise marketing
    • Help in developing various communication channels for franchise marketing

    Ignis Careers

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of organisation: Social enterprise, for profit

    Mission: To promote purposeful learning

    Main activities:

    • Working with 160 affordable private schools within 2 states (kindergarten to class 10) and running capacity building programmes within these schools.

    • Running english and life skills LAB with specific classes for girls.

    • Training staff and teachers on delivering the sessions - 5 classes a week a year. Training Ignis Careers own curriculum and workbooks.

    • Running Rural Teacher Fellowship with government schools. A pro bono English and Life skills lab where graduates are trained to become teachers in rural schools.

    Area of support needed: Fundraising

    Length of Assignment: 8-12 weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Identifying the gaps in the current communication processes within Ignis and with clients.
    • Preparing a plan to set up a communication process within the organisation and to set that in motion.
    • To come up with communication plans to reach out to existing clients and to approach newer clients.

    Content Editor

     

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    Customer Relationship Management

     

    Sudiksha

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of organisation: For Profit Social Enterprise

    Mission: To uplift millions of underprivileged children in India through high-quality, holistic education and to empower women through career development and entrepreneurship. One student, one teacher, one school at a time – we're starting the movement for sustainable change that will impact lives and communities across India, for the better.

    Main activities:

    • To train women to setup and run Early Childhood Education centres (Pre-Schools).

    • Setup low cost high quality Pre-Schools in low income communities and slums

    • Provide teachers training support

    • Developing low cost teaching aids

    • Support supervision and Monitoring of Pre-Schools

    Area of support needed: CRM

    Length of Assignment: 5-6 weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Developing an operational plan to support and supervise the franchise and support them with necessary inputs, timelines, roles, to improve efficiency in delivery from the company.

     

    Email us for further details.

    E-Commerce

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    Film Production

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    Fundraising

    Shrawani Estate

    Location: Morawaka, Sri Lanka

    Type of organisation: For profit social enterprise

    Mission: To practice, develop and promote Organic farming / permaculture in a sustainable/ profitable manner, maximize Biodiversity and enhance workers and farmer communities quality of life through same.

    Main activities: Shrawani Estate is a 35 acre certified organic farm converted from a family estate 15 years ago. The main produce is tea along with coconut, pepper, areca nut, cinnamon, fruit trees, medicinal plants and timber trees. The estate also consists of a colonial house which can be rented as a home stay. Shrawani Estate want to propagate Organic farming and sustainable agriculture in a profitable manner.

    Area of support needed: Marketing

    Area of support needed: Fundraising

    Length of Assignment: 8-10 Weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • To articulate the story of the farm, its current activities, progress and future plans towards fulfilling Shrawani Estate’s mission, and to obtain funding from potential agencies.

    • To support with approaching possible investors.

    • To support with setting up the initial stages of fundraising.

    Ignis Careers

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of organisation: Social enterprise, for profit

    Mission: To promote purposeful learning

    Main activities:

    • Working with 160 affordable private schools within 2 states (kindergarten to class 10) and running capacity building programmes within these schools.

    • Running english and life skills LAB with specific classes for girls.

    • Training staff and teachers on delivering the sessions - 5 classes a week a year. Training Ignis Careers own curriculum and workbooks.

    • Running Rural Teacher Fellowship with government schools. A pro bono English and Life skills lab where graduates are trained to become teachers in rural schools.

    Area of support needed: Fundraising

    Length of Assignment: 8-12 weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Identifying donors and inviting funds to support 20 schools (3.3 million INR) under the Rural Teacher Fellowship program.
    • Preparing proposal and presenting communication materials.
    • Supporting with the development of a fundraising strategy

    Learning Curve

     

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of organisation: Social Enterprise (Not for Profit)

    Mission:

    • Create measurable improvements in emotional and social well-being of children

    • Integrating emotional and social health into education curricula

    • Empowering teachers and caregivers at the institution level with being able to enable children with life skills through structured curriculum and assessment

    Main activities:

    • Assessment of behavioural indicators for emotional and social health for children - baseline and endline

    • Design of structured interventions using participative and experiential learning methods

    • Enable teachers, caregivers and social workers through a structured training process to deploy behavioural interventions

    • Create community outreach programs

    • Engage with Government to integrate program structure within education frameworks

    Area of support needed: Fundraising

    Length of Assignment: 6-8 Weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Design a specific funding strategy/roadmap for the next 3 years aligned with our future state map – include a budgeting model for resources etc.

    • Detail out engagement/revenue/income stream models with various stakeholders such as corporates, government, schools etc.

    • Develop ‘pitch’ decks based on the above

      

    Graphic Design

    PARCIC

    Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Type of organisation: NGO

    Mission: We aim to connect South and North Sri Lanka by collecting Sari donation and producing items using that, support women financially and give them skills in North who lost their family by Tsunami / Civil war.

    Main activities: Upcycling of saris to be sold in Sri Lanka and Japan, women support group

    Area of support needed: Graphic Design

    Length of Assignment: 4-12 Weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Website Development - Support in development of the web catalog.

    • Logo Development - Improvement in logo design.

    • Design of Marketing Materials -  Development of a newsletter and marketing materials and improvement in their design. 

    Marketing and Branding

    Shrawani Estate

     

    Location: Morawaka, Sri Lanka

    Type of organisation: For profit social enterprise

    Mission: To practice, develop and promote Organic farming / permaculture in a sustainable/ profitable manner, maximize Biodiversity and enhance workers and farmer communities quality of life through same.

    Main activities: Shrawani Estate is a 35 acre certified organic farm converted from a family estate 15 years ago. The main produce is tea along with coconut, pepper, areca nut, cinnamon, fruit trees, medicinal plants and timber trees. The estate also consists of a colonial house which can be rented as a home stay. Shrawani Estate want to propagate Organic farming and sustainable agriculture in a profitable manner.

    Area of support needed: Marketing

    Length of Assignment: 12 Weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Develop presentation materials for Shrawani Estate - Presenting the concept of Organic farming, Permaculture, Bio-diversity
    • Develop a marketing strategy and marketing materials for: the Home stay / Villa and the organic farm and shop products.

    Allika

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of Organisation: Social Enterprise (For Profit)

    Mission: Sustainable community livelihoods by empowering women to become entrepreneurs through skilled apprenticeship

    Main activities: Create bags and other fashion/lifestyle items from hyacinth plants, clean lakes and water bodies from hyacinth, train women in different villages where water hyacinth is available and upgrade the skills of present artisans, education on health issues and entrepreneurial skills

    Area of support needed: Marketing and Branding

    Length of Assignment: 6-8 weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Identify new sales channels in related area (arts & crafts)

    • Develop sales & marketing plan to increase national and international market reach

    • Outline for approaching corporates (orders, gifting)

    Learning Curve

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of organisation: Social Enterprise (Not for Profit)

    Mission:

    • Create measurable improvements in emotional and social well-being of children

    • Integrating emotional and social health into education curricula

    • Empowering teachers and caregivers at the institution level with being able to enable children with life skills through structured curriculum and assessment

    Main activities:

    • Assessment of behavioural indicators for emotional and social health for children - baseline and endline

    • Design of structured interventions using participative and experiential learning methods

    • Enable teachers, caregivers and social workers through a structured training process to deploy behavioural interventions

    • Create community outreach programs

    • Engage with Government to integrate program structure within education frameworks

    Area of support needed: Marketing

    Length of Assignment: 6-8 Weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Diagnostic of current social/digital media presence – benchmarking with other organizations in a similar space

    • Design social/digital media engagement strategy and roadmap – focus on increasing engagement

    Pras and Danties

    Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Type of organisation: Social Enterprise (For Profit)

    Mission: Pras & Danties is a Batik lingerie and swimwear brand that strives to bring together clothing that is comfortable, functional and classy, whilst making sure that we make an effort to up lift the lives of the crafts men and women who are involved in the craft by introducing new and exciting techniques and designs.

    Main activities: Lingerie and Swimwear design, production and sales; working directly with artisans

    Area of support needed: Marketing

    Length of Assignment: tbc

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Strengthen the brand to enter the international market

    • Set up/improve online presence/experience

    • Branding and marketing of new product

    Sattva Lifeskills

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of organisation: Social Enterprise (For Profit)

    Mission: To run a skill development centre which leverages Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and other skills for empowering and transforming the lives of young adults with special needs

    Main activities: Vocational and life skills training for teenagers and young adults with special needs, open schooling

    Area of support needed: Marketing

    Length of Assignment: 12 Weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Build out and start implementation of the annual marketing plan, including event management

    • Create relevant and stakeholder focussed content for the website, facebook page and monthly newsletter

    • Define marketing metrics and reporting method that feeds into/updates the marketing plan; include: ROI, Google analytics and feedback on planned additions to the curriculum

    Risk Analysis and Auditing

    Surge Impact

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of organisation: Social Enterprise (Not for Profit)

    Mission: To accelerate the growth of high impact startups in India

    Main activities: Offer structured acceleration programs for later stage social enterprises in India by running entrepreneurial boot-camps. The bootcamps are structured and built to offer the best of the content and expert support to social enterprises based in India.

    Area of support needed: Risk Analysis and Auditing

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • To evaluate the incoming applications from Social Entrepreneurs around the country over their business and financial plans
    • To review the evaluation metrics of the organisation
    • To help build evaluation manuals and test case scenario for evaluating the applications for the program

    Product Design

    PARCIC

    Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Type of organisation: NGO

    Mission: We aim to connect South and North Sri Lanka by collecting Sari donation and producing items using that, support women financially and give them skills in North who lost their family by Tsunami / Civil war

    Main activities: Upcycling of saris to be sold in Sri Lanka and Japan, women support group

    Area of support needed: Product Design

    Length of Assignment: 4-12 Weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Improve the design of existing items to match to requirements/demand of target market

    • Develop new designs/patterns/products and test them in the market

    • Improving existing processes

    Process Management

     

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    Strategy Planning

     

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    Sales

     

    Sattva Lifeskills

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of organisation: Social Enterprise (For Profit)

    Mission: To run a skill development centre which leverages Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and other skills for empowering and transforming the lives of young adults with special needs

    Main activities: Vocational and life skills training for teenagers and young adults with special needs, open schooling

    Area of support needed: Sales

    Length of Assignment: 12 Weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Assess various CRM options and implement chosen option

    • Create a clear, documented and replicable targeting and pipeline management process, with clear owners, reporting lines and timelines

    • Target and negotiate long-term partnerships with local employers for short-term work placements and apprenticeships

    UX Design

     

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    Web Design

     

    Shrawani Estate

    Location: Morawaka, Sri Lanka

    Type of organisation: For profit social enterprise

    Mission: To practice, develop and promote Organic farming / permaculture in a sustainable/ profitable manner, maximize Biodiversity and enhance workers and farmer communities quality of life through same.

    Main activities: Shrawani Estate is a 35 acre certified organic farm converted from a family estate 15 years ago. The main produce is tea along with coconut, pepper, areca nut, cinnamon, fruit trees, medicinal plants and timber trees. The estate also consists of a colonial house which can be rented as a home stay. Shrawani Estate want to propagate Organic farming and sustainable agriculture in a profitable manner.

    Area of support needed: Marketing

    Length of Assignment: 4-5 Weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period:

    • To present the farm and it's products to interested parties. i.e the produce from the farm and marketing the villa located on the farm as a home stay / guest house.

    • All products and activities of the farm to be included, such as forestry, medicinal plants, fruits, vegetables, spices, the Home stay and the methods used such as Organic, Permaculture, Biodynamic, and Agro forestry to enable Shrawani Estate reach a wide audience.

    • The website to have as many photographs as needed to be as specific and informative as possible.

    Allika

    Location: Hyderabad, India

    Type of Organisation: Social Enterprise (For Profit)

    Mission: Sustainable community livelihoods by empowering women to become entrepreneurs through skilled apprenticeship

    Main activities: Create bags and other fashion/lifestyle items from hyacinth plants, clean lakes and water bodies from hyacinth, train women in different villages where water hyacinth is available and upgrade the skills of present artisans, education on health issues and entrepreneurial skills

    Area of support needed: Business Development

    Length of Assignment: 4-6 weeks

     

    Top priorities for the consultancy period

    • Design of e-commerce website

    • Online Promotion

    • Mobile Friendly website/solution
  • After quitting my job and a long search into doing something different, the volunteering trip to Sri Lanka helping social startups was the best that could happen to me. I got so much inspiration and motivation that I'm keen to set up my own social startup soon. I thank you so much for making all this happen!

    Johannes Mohr, Packaging & Design Specialist and

    now Co-Founder of Karma Foods, Germany

     

  • What's Included

    _TheAssignment is flexible volunteering that suits your schedule, from as little as £650.00*

    Pre-Departure

    • A Detailed Host Organisation Profile
    • Joint discussion with client to refine your Job Description and scope of the role
    • For 2 Week Consultancy Assignments we'll do 3 group virtual calls ahead of the start-date
    • You receive a Pre-Programme Guide with budget guidelines and accommodation suggestions
    • A digital toolkit of useful consultancy tools
    • Introduction to your Virtual Programme Support Manager

    In-Country

    • Introduction to in-country partners and/or programme support who know the host organisations
    • The freedom to choose where you live but we provide you with a list of recommendation accommodation options
    • Regular check in sessions with your Virtual Programme Support Manager
    • Opportunity to bolt on additional training & coaching options (see below).

    Bolt-ons

    • Accommodation provision - price on request
    • 3 day training in-country in Social Entrepreneurship, Lean Start-Up Methods and Consultancy Tools & Techniques - £450.00
    • Career Coaching to discover your 'what next?' - £80 per hour
  • Application Process

    1. You apply for a role(s) that you have seen advertised on our website or on Escape the City.
    2. We arrange a recruitment call to get to know you better and find out your motivations for joining the programme
    3. Following the initial chat, we'll give you some feedback as to your suitability for the role and if suitable we share your CV with the host organisation.
    4. Should you want to #JoinUs and the host organisation is happy to take you on board, we'll ask you to secure your place via a non-refundable deposit of £250.00.
    5. We'll then arrange a joint virtual call with your host organisation to discuss the requirements of the role.
    6. You'll then be sent a worked up contract for you and the host organisation to approve. This then becomes your job description and Volunteer Agreement.
    7. Our operations team then introduce you to your Virtual Programme Support Manager
    8. We send out our Pre-Programme Guide, Country Guide, which include budget and accommodation options. We then send you your Pre-Programme Readings and invite you to submit your personal details such as passport scan, travel documents and other required information.
    9. You book your flights, visas and pay your balance within one month from when you secure your place.
    10. You arrive. You meet with your host organisation to define your SMART objectives and get a check in from your Virtual Programme Support Manager to see how you are settling in!
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