JOA actively encourages Islanders to get involved in overseas projects. Our two bursary programmes seek to financially support professionals, young people or career-changers to exchange and share knowledge whilst learning new skills and experiencing new cultures. Have a look through the eligibility and criteria and if you feel this is something for you fill out the application form or contact a member of the JOA team.

JOA’s Volunteering Bursary

Volunteering for a charity abroad is one of the most rewarding things one can do – not to mention one of the best ways to really get to know another country. However, working for nothing isn’t free. JOA’s Volunteering Bursaries provide a modest contribution towards your living costs while you give up your time for others.

JOA provides grants of £500 for Jersey residents to volunteer abroad. Whether it’s part of a bigger trip or a dedicated mercy mission, a working holiday or a taster of a new career, if you’re helping others we can help you. You’ll need to be working with a recognised organisation for a minimum of two weeks, and doing something that demonstrably helps those less fortunate than ourselves. Teaching and conservation work count too!

Eligibility
  • Must be over 18 years old
  • Applicants must be resident in Jersey for 5 years and eligible to work.
Conditions
  • Applicant must demonstrate how their work will make a real difference to poor communities in developing countries.
  • JOA requires that all grantees sign up to JOA’s code of practice.
  • The overseas work must be at least 2 weeks in duration.
  • All grantees must attend safeguard training, complete a DBS form and complete a JOA risk assessment form prior to departure.
  • JOA will not fund projects that take place in countries or within an area where the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against travel.
  • Personal medical insurance must be in place before departure.
  • Within one month of completion of the project the grantee will be required to complete a report including abstract, description and key achievements. High resolution JPEG images that capture the spirit of the project are also desired.
  • Grant details, including text and images from reporting, may be used in publications and on JOA’s website.
Selection
  • Volunteer Bursary Application Form (click here)
  • Interview

 

JOA Professional Bursary

Transferring knowledge and providing technical assistance is one of the most efficient forms of aid. It can also greatly benefit the individual who is sharing their skills in a new context – deepening proficiency, adding new perspectives and experience, and providing a great sense of professional satisfaction.

JOA’s Professional Bursary Programme enables Jersey residents with relevant skills to spend time overseas utilising their expertise to help communities and organisations in need of professional assistance. We provide funding of up to £4,000 for extended placements abroad, sometimes partnering with employers who realise this is a great way to develop staff as well as to give something back.

Maybe you’re a social worker who could help traumatised Syrian refugee children, an accountant who can get a Nepali charity’s financial management in order, or an IT expert who can take an East African social enterprise to a new level, we’d love to hear from you. If you have an idea please contact us and we’ll discuss whether we can support it.

Eligibility
  • Must be over 18 years old
  • Applicants must be resident in Jersey for 5 years and be eligible to work.
  • Applicants must possess a professionally recognised qualification or otherwise be able to demonstrate their expertise in a particular field.
  • Applicants must complete an application form and be prepared for an interview with JOA.
Conditions
  • Applicant must demonstrate how their work will make a real difference to poor communities in developing countries.
  • JOA requires that all grantees sign up to JOA’s code of practice.
  • All grantees must attend safeguard training, complete a DBS form and complete a JOA risk assessment form prior to departure.
  • JOA will not fund projects that take place in countries or within an area where the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against travel.
  • Personal medical insurance must be in place before departure.
  • Within two months of completion of the project the grantee will be required to complete a report including abstract, description and key achievements. High resolution JPEG images that capture the spirit of the project are also desired.
  • Grant details, including text and images from reporting, may be used in publications and on JOA’s website.
  • The bursary can cover reasonable expenses from Jersey to country, living expenses and vaccinations but will not exceed £4,000.
Selection
  • Professional Bursary Application Form (click here)
  • 2 Written References
  • Interview