For a small community like Jersey, fostering links with the outside world is important. In 1972, Jersey Overseas Aid launched its first Community Work Project (CWP) and since then it is believed that around 1% of the Island’s population has volunteered overseas on a CWP with Jersey Overseas Aid. For many Jersey volunteers, such trips have been life changing and have often resulted in enduring links with communities in some of the poorest places on earth.
Every year we launch our latest CWPs and invite applications from individuals over 18, whether it is their first time or whether they have joined us volunteering before. Applications from potential volunteers with a minimum of five years’ residency are given preference.
Each CWP comprises of between eight to fourteen volunteers and is led by an experienced team leader. Each participant contributes an amount towards their own travel expenses and JOA funds the additional costs of travel, plus insurance, medical kits, vaccinations, food and accommodation. JOA also funds all the materials and supplies necessary in order to complete the projects.
Recent projects have been in Lebanon, Tanzania and Mongolia. Check out our Map to see where else in the world Jersey residents have volunteered with us.