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    Solo Volunteering

  • "A once in a lifetime experience I will never forget."

    India Participant

    "A practical approach that allows you to apply newly acquired start-up thinking to local social enterprises in Rio's communidades. You will work with fascinating, visionary entrepreneurs to help them shape their business and make a real impact on the local Rio community."

    Brazil Participant

    "I quit my job to spend the summer in Brazil working with _SocialStarters and have returned full of ideas, inspiration and energy. I needed to figure out what I wanted to do with my career and my life and the program not only gave me the space I needed to do that but pushed me to do things I wouldn't have had the confidence to do otherwise and discover skills I didn't think I had."

    Brazil Participant

    "My experience with _Social Starters was great. I connected with like-minded people and got the confidence to start my own projects back home."

    India Participant

    "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!"

    Sri Lanka Participant

    "I quit my job to spend the summer in Brazil working with _SocialStarters and have returned full of ideas, inspiration and energy. I needed to figure out what I wanted to do with my career and my life and the program not only gave me the space I needed to do that but pushed me to do things I wouldn't have had the confidence to do otherwise and discover skills I didn't think I had."

    Brazil Participant

    "This was a very intense, mind-blowing and productive six weeks with like-minded people who are not only passionate about social enterprise and career change, but who have also enriched my life in so many other ways and personal experiences."

    India Participant

     

     

     

    "I had a great experience with my clients and feel the partnerships with the British Council and The Good Market can offer a lot. I learnt technical and softer skills from both clients and fellow consultants and came away from the programme with a clearer vision of my future career(s)"

    Sri Lanka participant

     

     

     

    "Working in a small social enterprise quickly makes you realise that no task is straightforward and there are lots of wheels in motion at the same time, but knowing that you are putting your skills to good use for an important cause is great motivation. It has definitely served to strengthen my commitment to continuing in a purpose focussed career after my placement ends."

    UK Participant

  • Overview

    Welcome to the _TheAssignment, a solo volunteer programme for skilled professionals.

    On _TheAssignment we match your skills where there is a need, to carry out consultancy assignments with small to medium size social purpose organisations.

    • Choose the length of time you'd like to volunteer: between 2-12 weeks
    • Choose your preferred location: India or the UK
    Are you..
    • 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. 
    If you answer yes to any of these questions and you have skills to share, then get in touch at info@socialstarters.org.
  • Who you'll work with

    You'll be matched with a social enterprise, NGO, non profit or social purpose business 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.

     

    Click here to see examples of the organisations we've worked with.

  • Consultancy Assignments

    Your Skills

    We get you to fill out a Professional Profile and along with your CV and ongoing conversations we get a clear idea about your skills, strengths and interests and use this information in the matching process.

    The Need

    We will then reach out to our partners and Host Organisations to find out where there is a need for your skills. Organisations will then put forward profiles for consultancy projects and we will send you the top 3.

    Examples of Previous Assignments

    App Development, Brand Strategy, Business Development, Business Planning, Communications, Content Editing, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Digital Transformation, e-Commerce, Film Production, Fundraising, Graphic Design, Impact Reporting, Marketing and Branding, Monitoring & Evaluation, Risk Analysis and Auditing, Performance Management, Product Design, Process, Management, PR, Salesforce, Strategy Planning, Sales, UX Design, Web Design.

  • Who We're Looking for

    You're at a cross roads in your career

    You care about social problems and you want to make a difference but don't really know how. You might be questioning, 'is this it?' about your current life and career, or you have some time and want to pick up an exciting new client to support pro bono.

    You are curious and want to learn

    Social Enterprise is an area of business that you want to learn more about. Perhaps you want to explore it as a possible new field to work in. You would like to immerse into a social impact community.

    You have skills to share and want to leave a legacy

    Whether you have 3+ years professional experience in a specific area of business; are 10 years into your career and are a specialist - or are in your retirement years, then we have an assignment for you.

  • #JOINUS

  • The Benefits

    Independence & Autonomy

    With autonomy over the structure of the programme and with flexibility on the start & end dates, _TheAssignment gives you the freedom to manage your own volunteer experience. We send you tried and tested accommodation options and you have the freedom to select your own accommodation according to your budget.

    Innovate the 9-5

    You will get to live and work like a freelance consultant with the option of working on site, in cool cafes or at a local co-working space. Evenings can be spent at social enterprise networking events or going to free workshops, social impact hackathons and talks. This is a truly new way to work and get experience doing something you love!

    Personal Development

    Not only will you share knowledge and skills but you'll gain back a lot more. You'll be working closely with inspiring organisations in interesting locations, so get ready to learn! We'll supplement your learning ahead of your programme start date with interesting and informative readings, articles and presentations which lead to your increased knowledge and understanding of global social entrepreneurship, start up methods and consulting.

  • Application Process

    1. Online Application

    2. Q&A Call

    We arrange a half hour Q&A to get to know you better and find out your motivations for joining _TheAssignment. Following the initial chat, we'll let you know if you've been successful moving through to the next round.

    3. Formal Offer

    If we think you have the right skills and we can find you a match, then we'll send you a formal offer to #JoinUs and you'll need to send a deposit of £250.00 to unlock the matching process.

    4. Matching

    We present you with between 1-3 potential matches for you based on the criteria you have provided to us.

    5. Paying your balance

    When you're ready to move forward with one of them, you accept our formal offer and complete the payment of £400.00.

    6. Client Call

    We set up a call with the country Programme Director, yourself and the client. Together you and the client discuss and finalise the details of the consultancy assignment.

    7. Getting Prepared

    • We send out our Pre-Programme Guide and Country Guide which includes; detailed information about the location, how to apply for your visa and accommodation options. 
    • You'll be invited to submit your personal details including a passport scan, travel documents and other required information.
    • You get access to the _SocialStarters Toolkit and a Consultancy Guide. 
    • You book your flights, any necessary visa and ensure your accommodation is sorted.

    8. Arrival in Country

    • You arrive! You meet with your host organisation, you initially agree terms of the role and define your SMART objectives.
    • We provide a welcome check in from the In-country Programme Support Manager to see how you are settling in, and scheduling further calls to support you through the programme.
  • What's Included

    (Not included: Flights, Visas, Accommodation)

    Pre-Departure

     

    • A detailed Client Profile for your assignment
    • Full On-boarding
    • We set up initial call between the client, us and yourself
    • A Pre-Programme Guide
    • A Location Guide
    • Our _SocialStarters digital toolkit which is full of useful consultancy tools
    • Pre-Programme Readings on Social Entrepreneurship & Start Up Methods
    • Our Consultancy Guide to support you for your assignment
    • A designated in-country Programme Support Manager
     

      In-Country

       

      • Introduction to in-country partners and/or programme support who know the host organisations (clients)
      • The freedom to choose where you live - we provide you with a list of recommendation accommodation options
      • Virtual check in sessions pre-booked into the diary with your Programme Support Manager
       

        Post Assignment

        • Access to our growing alumni network of skilled professionals from around the world
        • The opportunity to write about your experience on our blog
        • You can update your Linked In profile and CV to show you were a Social Impact Consultant for _SocialStarters
         
        • The Fee

          £650.00.

           

          Deposit is £250.00 and is required to secure your place following successful application.

           

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