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About Us

STRiVE is the Third Sector Interface (TSI) for East Lothian. We provide support, learning and development opportunities for both Individuals and Organisations.

Copyright © 2019 Strive is a wholly owned subsidiary of VDEL. VDEL is a company limited by guarantee and is recognised in Scotland as a Charity. Company Limited by guarantee No. SC230099 Scottish Charity No. SC029045


01 | Volunteering


British Executive Services Overseas

The British Executive Services Overseas sends senior, experienced volunteers to developing countries and Eastern Europe:
British Executive Services Overseas 164 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 2RB Tel: +44 (0) 171 630 0644


Challenges Worldwide

Challenges Worldwide is a leading international development charity that recruits, trains and manages expert volunteers to carry out short assignments for social enterprise in developing countries. Our core purpose is to provide organisations, from the smallest social enterprise to national judiciary, with the support they need to achieve their objectives and contribute to the development of their local economies. Challenges Worldwide achieves this through the contribution of people with professional skills and experience who share these with our overseas partners.

Our programmes generally last between 3-6 months and cover a multitude of different areas of work: capacity building, research, management training, financial planning, strategy writing and many more. Challenges Worldwide also brokers programmes for public sector partnerships, delivering programmes within the justice sector and assisting small and medium enterprise in developing countries. We use the expertise of experienced professionals to focus on building indigenous capacity within these various sectors, while at the same time delivering practical guidance. For more information check out some of our volunteer’s blogs:

Locations: South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Skills Required:  Relevant university qualification or relevant professional experience.

Challenges Worldwide, 54 Manor Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7EH
Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 9549, 0845 2000 324.


College for International Co-operation and Development(CICD)

CICD and Humana People to People Movement are looking for volunteers. You can join to the fight against AIDS and poverty by joining the development Instructor programme. A life changing experience for you and the people in Africa you work with. You need to be over 18, hardworking, motivated and flexible.  Email: or

Concern Worldwide

Concern Worldwide focuses on emergencies and long term development projects in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Opportunities for volunteers in Engineering, Health Care, Natural Resources, Community Development.

Concern Worldwide Overseas Applications Level 2 80 Buchanan Street Glasgow, G1 3HA Tel: +44 (0) 141 221 3610



Concordia is a small not-for-profit charity committed to international youth exchange. Our International Volunteer Programme offers 16-30 year olds the opportunity to join international teams of volunteers working on community based projects in over 40 countries world-wide.Projects are diverse ranging from nature conservation, restoration, archaeology, construction, art and culture to projects that are socially based including work with adults or children with special needs, children’s playschemes and teaching. Projects last for 2-4 weeks.Generally the work doesn’t require specific skills or experience, though real motivation and commitment to the project are a must.Volunteers pay a registration fee of £85 – £115 depending on the country (£60 for projects in the UK) and fund their own travel. Board and accommodation is free of charge. Concordia also recruits volunteers (20+) to act as Group Co-ordinators on UK based projects, for which training is provided and all expenses are paid.
Concordia, Heversham House, 20-22 Boundary Road, Hove, BN3 4ET, Tel +44 (0) 1273 422218 Fax:01273 421182 Email: Web:


Edinburgh Global Partnerships

We send groups of dedicated, creative volunteers to work alongside people in Asia, Africa and Latin America, providing focussed support to small-scale community projects. These range from working with Street Children in Mexico City; sex education and life skills training in Uganda to construction of a malnutrition ward in Tanzania.They take place during the summer months but are preceded by training and fundraising in Edinburgh. For further information or an application form contact us.

Edinburgh Global Partnerships 60 The Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ Tel: +44 (0) 131 5569497 Email:


Engineers Without Borders

Provides opportunities for undergraduate and professional engineers to work overseas as volunteers on three month placements. EWB is also based at universities around the UK where branches organise talks and events and encourage development related research in their universities.



Frontier projects entail rigorous, “hands-on” fieldwork, benefiting endangered tropical wildlife and their ecosystems and directly assisting developing countries rich in biodiversity but poor in the capacity to manage natural resources.Frontier projects advance field research and implement projects that will help conserve biodiversity and help develop sustainable livelihoods.

Frontier 50-52 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3QP Tel: +44 (0) 20 7613 2422 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7613 2992 Web:


GAP Activity Projects

Offers 1500 placements each year to 18 and 19-year-olds to work abroad. Voluntary placements include teaching English, conservation, medical and caring work for between 4 and 12 months.Projects are in 34 countries, including south America, eastern Europe, south east Asia and southern Africa.

GAP Activity Projects 44 Queen’s Road, Reading, RG1 4BB Tel: +44 (0) 118 959 4914

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Habitat for Humanity

Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteering programme. As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to travel overseas to work hand-in-hand with people around the world to help them build simple, decent homes.

Habitat for Humanity PO Box 28102 Edinburgh EH16 5GU Tel: +44 (0)131 667 9294




i-to-i is a leading volunteer travel & TEFL training organisation. i-to-i develop people and share cultures with quality training and worthwhile volunteer projects. The i-to-i network is global: volunteers teach English, work in conservation, community development, the media, medicine or business in 19 countries, across Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Tel: +44 (0)870 333 2332 Web: Email:


International Voluntary Service

IVS offers a range of options for volunteering both in the UK and overseas. Short term projects (2-6 weeks) take place in around 50 countries worldwide. The North South Programme is for more experienced volunteers and offers short and longer term opportunities in Africa, Asia and South America. If you are seeking a longer term commitment (6-12months) overseas, and you are aged between 18 and 25, then the EU sponsored programme European Voluntary Service might be for you.

IVS GB, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR

Tel: +44 (0) 131 243 2745

Web: Email:



Whether you’re looking for a career break or a new job, finishing school or university, wanting to develop your skills or to develop the world, challenging yourself or just making the most of a trip overseas – InterVol gives you the inspiration, information and impartial advice you need to discover your perfect volunteering opportunity overseas. Tel: 0845 601 4008 Web:


Quaker International Social Projects

Groups of people from different cultures, nationalities, abilities and backgrounds live and work together on projects which fulfill a community need.Quaker International Social Projects Friends House 173 Euston Road London NW1 2BJTel: +44 (0) 171 663 1043

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UNA Exchange (United Nations Association)

Specialises in short term International Volunteer Projects as a means to achieve the wider ideals of peace through international understanding and community development. Wide range of projects for all abilities.UNA Exchange Temple of Peace, Cathays Park, Cardiff CG10 3AP Tel: +44 (0) 29 2022 3088 Web:


United Nations Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) is the UN programme that supports human development globally by promoting volunteerism and by mobilizing volunteers. Every year some 5,000 UN Volunteers from more than 150 different nationalities actively support the programmes of the United Nations itself and almost all UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies.United Nations Volunteers Postfach 260, 111 D-53153 BONN, Germany Tel: (49 228) 815 2000 Fax: (49 228) 815


Starfish Volunteers

Starfish volunteer travel programmes are available at several locations throughout Thailand including Phuket, Surin, Maehongson, and Rayong.  Starfish is a growing “non profit” volunteer and gap year organisation providing volunteer projects in the areas of health, childcare, wildlife conservation community development and



VESL is a charity that provides unique, exciting and worthwhile volunteering opportunities in Sri Lankan and Indian communities for people of all ages. We have programmes to suit volunteers whatever their skills and experience. VESL 19 Bryson Road, Polworth, Edinburgh, EH11 1ED

Email: Tel: 0845 0943727 Web:


VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas)

Places skilled volunteers with projects worldwide; as well as running a youth a project placing 18-25 year olds. VSO 9 Minto Street, Edinburgh, EH9 1RG +44 (0) 131 6673073



World Exchange

Arranges 6-12 month voluntary work placements and 4 week work camps in the developing world. Volunteers live and work in the local community, using their skills in health, education or community development. World Exchange St Colm’s International House, 23 Inverleith Terrace, Edinburgh, EH3 5NS Tel: +44 (0) 131 315 4444