About the local hosting organizationOak Grove College is a special school for children aged 11 – 18 years old with a wide range of disabilities from learning difficulties and behavioural problems to physical disabilities. For over ten years international volunteers have been invited to help create a beautiful environment for the children and this year Oak Grove College would like to continue this work by hosting two groups of international volunteers in June and September.
About the volunteer workSince the College opened in 2005, students have worked alongside staff and volunteers to landscape and plant the grounds themselves. International volunteers work alongside pupils with special needs on horticulture, hard landscaping and creative tasks. As a volunteer you will be working alongside children on a range of tasks including helping to develop the gardens in the grounds. The work may change depending on the weather and the children who are assisting each day; we ask that volunteers are FLEXIBLE and willing to help with any of the tasks. Volunteers will typically work between the hours of 8.30am – 3.30pm.
Local accommodationThe accommodation is basic but adequate; volunteers will sleep on camp beds or mats in a room of a local church hall and will need to bring sleeping bags and rolls mats. Due to the additional use of this accommodation volunteers need to be aware of the other activities that may be happening around them. The host is always willing to arrange after work activities and is very active in taking volunteers on trips and outings. The accommodation provided is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including: banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pool, cafes, shops, train station and the beach. Volunteers will cook breakfast and dinner in the kitchen of the accommodation and have a light lunch provided by the school. Volunteers use the local leisure centre over the road for showers. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes from home!
About the project locationOak Grove College is located in Durrington-on-Sea near Worthing on the south coast. Durrington-on-Sea is approximately 1½ hours by train from London and 30 minutes from Brighton.
Requirements• Volunteers must have a good level of English and an interest in working alongside children with special needs. • 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. ACCESSABILITY: Volunteers need to be able to sleep in basic accommodation on the floor, be physically active for the work and be able to walk at least 2km.