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Application Process


USA international volunteering

Applying is easy

When we're ready to recruit we'll put application forms on the website for you to download. Each trip has its own application form so please make sure that you use the correct one. We'll also provide you with guidance notes on filling in your application form and strongly advise that you take the time to read them. 

Recruitment for each trip is done separately and you'll find recruitment dates listed on each project's webpage. When recruitment starts for a particular trip we'll notify everyone on Facebook, Twitter as well as putting adverts on My Beckett, My Hub and the classifieds section of the staff email. To receive alerts about when we're recruiting for each project join our Facebook page

Once the deadline for the application forms has passed, we'll make a shortlist of volunteers to go onto the next stage. For most trips volunteers will be invited to a short interview but for some trips, we'll organise a selection day where prospective volunteers are given group tasks and activities to do. We'll let volunteers know a few days later whether they have been successful or not.

How volunteers are selected

We try to make the selection process as fair as possible. Selection is based on suitability for the role and whether the individual will be suitable for the trip overall, how we feel the individual will fit in with the overall group and in some cases we may also take into account the potential for personal development.

If your application isn't successful

If you submit an application form and are not shortlisted, we'll let you know by email. If you are turned down at interview or selection-day stage, we'll phone you to let you know and we'll also keep you on a back up list in case anyone drops out. In both cases you are very welcome to apply for other projects.

Who can apply?

  • Most current Leeds Beckett Students and recent graduates. Unfortunately students on evening classes are not eligible.
  • Leeds Beckett staff who are on a contract. Unfortunately, Job Shop staff are not eligible.
  • All students will need to gain permission from their personal tutor to participate and members of staff will need permission from their line manager.

Applying for more than one project

It is possible to apply for more than one project at a time and you will be asked on your form and at interview whether you are applying for any other projects. You will need apply for each trip separately and complete the relevant form. Please remember that different skills and experience will be required for each volunteering opportunity so you will need to tailor your application to the opportunity you are applying for. There is no limit to how many trips you can apply for but for each additional trip you go on priority will be given to first-time volunteers and because places and funding are limited we cannot provide any help with funding for repeat volunteers. 

If you can't decide which trip is best for you talk to us as soon as possible! It's a difficult situation because you are not guaranteed a place on the trip of your choice and the recruitment for each trip happens at a different time. The best thing is to come to a drop-in session so that you can discuss your options or if that's not possible email us.