Would you like to spend time with a group of young people from around the world, in a vibrant community, helping children and young people with additional support needs?

International volunteering will be an experience you will never forget. You’ll be part of a vibrant, unique community where everyone has the opportunity to realise their fullest potential, alongside residents at Ochil Tower School. You’ll achieve a sense of wellbeing, experience diverse cultures, make new friends and find things out about yourself that you never knew.

Our volunteers offer encouragement and friendship to our residents. A co-worker’s day is fulfilling, and bring its own rewards in terms of personal satisfaction, friendships and fun. Many of our co-workers have found the experience to be life-changing. Time off can be enjoyed in the local area or discovering Scotland for yourself.

Where do the volunteers live?

Your room could be in the house with residents or in one of our buildings around the school – such as the coachhouse or a cottage. Either way you will have your own private space with the opportunity to socialise with other volunteers. All the cooking, cleaning and household tasks during the day are shared by everyone on a rota basis.

How long do co-workers stay?

We ask co-workers to commit to joining us for a period of one year – August to July. This benefits you and all the residents – you’ll need time to settle into the way of life here and our students need a sense of security and stability from seeing familiar people every day.

What skills and experience do I need?

You should be reliable and dependable, have a genuine interest in children and young people, and a caring nature in addition to tolerance, patience, sensitivity and a great sense of fun! These qualities are more important than any specific skills and experiences you may have. We ask that you do have an understanding of the English language, and living at Ochil Tower School is an excellent way to improve your English.

How do I apply?

To apply please complete the applications below and send to office@ochiltowerschool.org.

Co-worker Application Form (MS Word or PDF)
Co-worker Doctor Certificate (MS Word or PDF)

We also require a police check, and will contact two referees requesting them to send us references. For some volunteers outside the EU requirements may vary. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact office@ochiltowerschool.org.

What administrative help do we offer?

We’ll help you with all the practical things you need to do when you arrive at Ochil Tower, such as opening a bank account and registering with a GP. You will also be given your own WiFi code. It won’t take long before you get into the swing of things and you’ll find your fellow co-workers a great help, especially those who are returning for a second year.