Become a Volunteer

Do you want to personally contribute to children’s education? Are you looking for a real growth opportunity and an unparalleled experience?

Join PIECES as a volunteer!

APPLICATION PHASE IS OPEN – JUST FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FORM!

We organise all of the teaching projects and send you in a team of 4 to 6 volunteers to teach at one of our project sites! With the appreciated help of our benefactors, we cover all daily expenses overseas, that includes food, housing & living costs while you are teaching through our sponsorship; you are only asked to bear the costs of the flight.

We recruit twice a year from the student body of the University of St. Gallen. The recruiting procedure and all ensuing events and support work take place at the University of St Gallen.


RECRUITMENT TIMELINE

Winter Projects 2018:

01.10-19.10.2017: Applications Volunteers
Timelapse during which candidates can send their candidatures

23.10.-27.10.2017Interview of Candidates
The interviews take place at the University of St. Gallen

28.10.-30.10.2017: Review of Candidates
The Board of PIECES decides jointly which candidates have been selected

30.10.-06.11.2017: Email acceptance or refusal
Timelapse during which the selected candidates will receive an individual email stating to which project he/she has been retained.

02./03.12.2017: Mandatory Bootcamp
In an intense weekend the accepted volunteers will be prepared for the projects. Teaching workshops, teambuilding events and a lot of fun await you!


 HOW TO APPLY?

Step 1: Fill out the application form on our website
Upload your CV and a motivation letter (both in English) in ONE PDF-document, naming it “firstname.surname” (e.g. “frida.kahlo.pdf”). Introduce yourself in the motivation letter (1 page A4), and mention one or two preferences regarding the project destination, as well as why you are interested in going to these countries.

Step 2: Meet the PIECES Recruiting Team for an interview 
Your English level will be tested while we get get to know you and verify if you are fit for teaching at one of our projects. The interviews take place the week immediately after the application deadline and on a tight schedule, you have to be able to free yourself at any time to come to the interview at your attributed time slot.

Step 3- if you are selected: Meet and get to know your team members 
PIECES will assign you to the project that fits you best and bring you together with the other applicants that best complete your team. You will get to know each other and build your team to prepare for your volunteering experience through organised events as well as by personal initiative.

Step 4: Prepare your trip
By attending several events, including meetings with former volunteers from your project, you will be introduced to it personally and able to best prepare for it. We prepare you for the teaching experience with our mandatory PIECES teaching workshop.

Step 5: Travel to the project site and teach for several weeks
Prepare lessons with your team and teach classes of children while discovering the location and the local culture. Write daily blog-posts about your volunteering experience in order to give PIECES, potential volunteers and friends of PIECES the possibility to follow the project. 

Step 6: Upon return, report to the Projects Team and share your experience
You will report on how the project went and share information with PIECES You will also present your project at the Info Sharing Session that interested applicants will attend and finally assist in the preparation of the new volunteers for your project. You will support PIECES namely in participating in fundraising events such as the Cake Sale and providing assistance and information however required.

And last but not least… WELCOME to the PIECES Community! 

You are now one of us! Bound by an exceptional experience, we are an active and passionate community…Events and initiatives to strengthen our cause- SHARE THE LOVE and be a part of something life-changing and gratifying!

DISCLAIMER: Recall that PIECES is not a travel agency. We do not engage in “Voluntourism” but real volunteering, which requires volunteers to adapt to extremely precarious living conditions, discomfort, and enter foreign and sometimes hostile social environments dealing with serious issues. This is a risk of volunteering abroad and PIECES cannot issue any guarantee against it or accept any kind of liability. We are also not liable for organizing your trip and travel documentation – we are of course here to help, but you remain responsible. While living at the project site, you might not have a western bathroom, you might fall sick, you might have spiders or cockroaches wandering by your bedside, have no electricity, hospital and public transportation close by, have no road, and long teaching hours. Make sure you are able and ready to deal with these kind of problems if you apply for volunteering. It is an incredible, life-changing experience but is work and not a holiday.