In-Country Coordinators and In-Country Support
Here’s the full lowdown on the amazing level of support all of our volunteers enjoy
- Volunteers are always our priority, so we provide them all with 24/7 support from local staff.
- In-country coordinators always on hand to help with any kind of issue, problem or questions a volunteer has.
- Some volunteer abroad programs have a whole team of coordinators who work as cooks, drivers and admin staff.
- Local staff maintain regular contact with volunteers regardless, offering an invaluable, constant support system.
- Guaranteed lowest program fees in the US – starting from $100 - $200 per week.
- 18 countries, 200 projects and thousands of happy volunteers since 2003.
In-country coordinators and in-country support
What is in-country support?
As a volunteer abroad, you will be faced with many challenges on a daily basis. Most of them will be small, manageable challenges, while others may be a bit larger.
Or maybe you just want some advice on the best form of transportation to take to a nearby city.
Your volunteer abroad in-country coordinator will be able to provide you with all the support and advice that you need to make your time abroad more comfortable.
The role of the volunteer abroad in-country support and the services they provide will be explained in more detail further in the article.
Who is my in-country coordinator or local staff?
In general, most volunteer abroad organizations follow one of two models. The main model is that they have their own volunteer abroad in-country field office with staff members, such as cooks, drivers, coordinators, etc.
This team makes up your volunteer abroad in-country support. In the other model, the volunteer abroad organizations work through local volunteer organizations and take on the role of the middleman. In these cases, the head of the local organization serves as your volunteer abroad in-country support.
What does my in-country support do for me?
In-country support staff is responsible for a number of things. From the moment you arrive in your host country, to the moment you leave, they are there for you. Although the responsibilities of your in-country coordinator and staff differ from organization to organization, below are some of the main services that they provide:
- Airport pick-up and transfer to host family or work site
- Management of room and food in host family/hostel
- Orientation of local country, culture, host family, safety, and related issues
- Introduction to your host family and project staff
- Periodic follow up visits or calls (1-2 week intervals) to ensure everything is going smoothly
- Advice for solving any issues, problems, or concerns
Do I need to stay in touch with my in-country support?
It is vital that you maintain a comfortable relationship with your volunteer abroad in-country coordinator and support staff and that they are familiar with who you are and the work you are doing.
Make sure you have their phone number, email, and local address for easy contact. Should anything happen (sickness, project issues, emergencies, etc) you must know how to get in touch with them.