International volunteers will be joining the family of the school and need to be flexible with the daily tasks. Three days a week you’re likely to be helping out with the children in the classrooms in the afternoons, then in the morning be out in the school grounds working on tasks like painting, gardening and maintenance. Two days a week volunteers will visit the outdoor education gardens at Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project and help with watering, planting, digging and learning about their work with the local community.
The accommodation is basic but adequate; volunteers will sleep on the floor in the Gym room at the school where there are showers. There are cooking facilities in the school Community room. Please bring a sleeping bag and roll mat. The community room is used at 8am for breakfast club so volunteers must be prepared to tidy their things away in the morning and have breakfast with the children. It is really important that volunteers respect that they are in a school and act as role models for the children. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes from home!
Moulsecoomb is situated to the north of Brighton, a vibrant seaside town famous for its open mindedness and relaxed attitude. It is only 1 hour by train from London.
Moulsecoomb Primary School teaches around 400 3-11 year olds and has a strong ethos of working in partnership with the local and wider community. The school believes that one of the best ways for children to learn is through practical activities and the school grounds are full of structures such as a willow dome, Meseolithic hut and an Iron Age round house.
The school works closely with The Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project, which has a collection of allotments that have been converted into an environmental project for the benefit of the local community. The Forest Garden and Wildlife Project began in 1994 and is now a magical place hidden away behind the railway station.
• Volunteers to have an interest in working alongside children.
• A Certificate of Good Conduct must be sent to Concordia at least three weeks before the project takes place.
• At times this project can be physically demanding and the volunteers need to be prepared to work outside in all weathers.
Volunteers need to be able to sleep on the floor, walk up to 4km and participate in gardening/physical work often at a low level.
£40 (GBP) – a small contribution to Concordia’s administration fees. If the volunteer needs a VISA to enter the UK, an additional £21 needs to be paid to Concordia to cover the cost of the VISA sponsorship certificate.