How long has the Vessel program been running?
The Vessel has been running since July 2013, but KORI’s work in Africa started in 2004.
Is there a minimum or maximum age to volunteer?
You need to be at least 18 years of age to apply
It looks expensive, how can I afford the programme?
We provide fundraising support through training. We also have links with organisations who offer some funding.
I’ve never worked taught young people before can I still apply?
Of course you can! During the training you we run sessions that are focused on working with young people and you will receive help with your lesson plans. Through KORI you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience.
How many people will I be traveling with?
You will be accompanied by a group of at least three of The Vessel’s core team. The number of participants varies, but we aim to take on between 6 – 15 individuals per journey.
What does a typical day look like?
Your typical day whist on a Vessel Journey will consist of two team meetings at the start and end of each day. You will work with your class for approximately four hours per day however this time can be spread out over the course of the day.
Do I need to speak the local language?
No! We will be working alongside people from the community and will make sure someone is there to teach you a few phrases and translate, so make sure you come willing to learn!
What happens if I get sick while abroad?
You will be fully supported by The Vessel core team member(s) that have travelled with you. They will work with our hosting organisation to ensure that any health needs are addressed by health care professionals should you need them to be.
What happens on the weekends?
We try to keep your weekends free, but in the past participants have needed to give up a Saturday to get extra time for their projects. We do encourage everyone to make friends and explore and enjoy themselves as much as they can. We want people to want to come back!