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Join the Crew

Project Leaders

Information about our crew recruitment and application procedures for those who qualify 

Service duration: Short-term opportunities available for one month summer positions for Junior and Senior Project Leaders as well as opportunities for one to six months on a renewable basis. 

Support Package:

For Junior Volunteer Project Leaders all project related expenses are covered in your support package that includes accommodation, in-country transport and meals. You will work alongside a Senior Volunteer Project Leader who will have overall responsibilty of the management of the Project. You must have been a previous participant on a Madventurer Project in any destination and have a first aid qualification as a prerequisite.

For Senior Volunteer Project Leaders you must have previously served as a Junior Volunteer Project Leader and still hold a current first aid qualification. Your support package also includes all project related expenses such as accommodation, in-country transport and meals, as well as international flights.

Key Responsibilities: Volunteer Project Leaders are responsible for the support of all volunteer and the co-ordination of overseas projects

You must:

  • Have experience of overseas volunteering and / or volunteer management

  • Have excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills

  • Be a self-starter

  • Be entrepreneurial and enterprising

  • Have a genuine interest in international travel, development and volunteering 

Specification of Roles

Project Research:

  • Spending time in new communities/countries when not with team of volunteers to identify potential areas and projects which need the help of MAD.

  • Formulating project proposals

  • Leadership of a team from individual volunteers up to a maximum group of 35 volunteers

  • Managing the team/their workload/delegation

  • Creating and maintaining team spirit

  • Training and teaching volunteers about local area and culture

  • First Aid support and guidance of how to keep volunteers healthy overseas


  • Assure planning, procurement and follow-up of original project plans and budgets

  • Organise airport pick-ups and pre-project accommodation and welcome orientations

  • Manage and maintain MAD’s resources

  • Manage and organise materials, delivery, labour and transport


  • Responsible for the security of volunteers

  • Ongoing monitoring of the security situation in the region

  • Maintain regular contacts with key actors in relation to security – UK HQ, local authorities, community etc.

Project Management and Development:

  • Liaise with local community – chiefs/elders/organisations to ensure that MAD are welcome in community and that they are happy with the work we are providing

  • Liaise with local workers, tradesman, families to ensure the project is set up, running as efficiently and as cost effectively as possible.

  • Budget holding of MAD project funds

  • Plan and monitor project activities and outputs against project budgets and proposals.

  • Ensure the delivery of the project according to objectives and time-frames

  • Reporting for daily and weekly site communications.

  • Ongoing evaluation and development of proposals   

Marketing and communications:

  • Ensuring that awareness is raised about our projects through social media, our blog, photographic and video footage.

  • Represent and act as ambassador for MAD globally.


  • Manage the program budget and ensure regular communication with UK Finance team on all budget matters.

  • Manage cash on site

  • Prepare timely cash requests and transfers

  • Filing systems and record keeping


Application Procedure

Please email your CV and covering letter to

Please indicate which Project Location(s) you would like to be considered for, what dates and duration you are available for, and if you are applying for the Junior or Senior Volunteer Project Leader Positions in your initial email.

Selected candidates with be offered interviews via a video Skype or in person subject to the availability of positions.

If you have enquired or applied before and have not been successful you are very welcome to apply again.

Team Leaders

Should you not meet the full criteria to be a Junior or Senior Project Leader then we encourage you to consider being a Team Leader at your college or wrokplace which would also make you eligible to later be interviewed for a Project Leader position.



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