Solo Volunteering


_TheAssignment is our volunteer programme for independent business professionals who want to undertake a short term volunteer placement with a social purpose organisation to share skills, learn about social enterprise and leave a lasting impact.

“Social Starters are game changers. They have pulled together a unique programme – combining: social development, personal development and cultural immersion – into an immense package. I look back on social starters in Hyderabad as one of the most unique and rewarding experience in my life. The variety and all round quality of the people on the programme was incredible. I learnt so much from each and every person: the consultants, social enterprises and people in the community.”

“[Social Starters] offer 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.”

“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.”

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

“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!”

“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.”

“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.”

 

“I had an excellent experience with Social Starters. The programme is a great opportunity to combine travel, live somewhere different for a while, take a career break and try out something completely new… working with the client Social Starters had paired me with was also a great experience to learn new skills but also give something back. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a break from the ordinary.”

 

Introduction

Following a short interview, _TheAssignment team match your skills to where there is a need. You’ll then carry out a consultancy project with a small to medium size social purpose organisation.

 This is flexible volunteering where you can:

  • 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.

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


Click to see some of our latest assignments. Email us to find out more.

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.

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The Need

We will then reach out to our partners and Clients 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 1-3 matches in your chosen location.

Examples of Previous Projects

App Development, Brand Strategy, Business Development, Business Planning, Business Strategy, 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 & Development.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

JOINUS

Click  to apply your application for one of our programmes. Once received, we’ll review and a member of the team will get back to you within 2-3 working days if you’ve been successful going through to the next round.

Application Process


1. Online Application

Apply via our online Application Form.

2. Interview

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

Programme Fee

£650 per assignment

Deposit is £250.00 and is required to secure your place following successful application. Your balance will be due upon acceptance of match.

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