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Unpaid Internship - Volunteer Coordinator World Transplant Games 2019

Description of what will be involved: 

The World Transplant will be hosted by Gateshead Council from 17th - 24th August 2019

The World Transplant Games Federation give recipients of transplants the motivation to strive towards full rehabilities through exercise, camaraderie and healthy living.  The main objective of the World Transplant Games is to demonstrate that people with transplants can compete in sporting activities and well.  The Games, on a smaller scale, also allow donor familiies and living donors to get involved and be part of the celebration.

The prestigious event is held every two years and is open to athletes aged 4-80+ years who have undergone either organ or bone marrrow lifesaving transplants. The Games comprises of seven days of competition for a number of sports ranging from low impact through to high exertion.

It atrracts close to 2,500 participants form over 60 different nations, made up of athletes , medical professionals, donor families, living donors and supporters.  The Games are a celebration of life and as such include many social and cultural events including opening and closting ceremoines, cultural evenings, youth programme and a gala dinner.  The Sports Games include athletics, swimming, cycling, petanque, volleyball and ten pin bowling to name just few.

There will be a number of volunteer roles established to support the delivery of the Games.  These will begin to become available throughout 2018.  However this opportunity is for an Unpaid Internship to assist the organisation of the Games behind the scenes.

This unpaid internship will enable people to gain valuable work experience in volunteer and event management , working with such a large organisation, of the Games behind the scene.  This will give someone the edge in the job market.  It will develop and refine an individuals skillset and provide opportunities for you to network with professionals in the field.  

The unpaid Volunteer Coordinator internship will have the overall role; to support the volunteer programme for the World Transplant Fames 2019.  This involve supporting the process of recruitment, training and deployment of volunteers. 

The role will involve the following responsibilities

  • Establish professional relationships with key partners locally including Local Authorities, Universities, Further Education colleges, schools, County Sports Partnershipsand National Governing Bodies.
  • Support the Volunteer Development Officer to develop and implement a volunteer engagement plan to enable the recruitment of local regional, national and international volunteers.
  • Assist with the recruitment and deployment of World Transplant Games volunteers
  • Assist with the development and delivery of volunteer training to ensure they are equipped to deliver this role to the highest standard.
  • Work alongside the World Transplant Games Local Organising Committees (LOCs) to ensure that the network of event volunteers are deployed in appropriate and rewarding roles.
  • Develop a team spirit and ethos amongst all team managers and event volunteers.

The Internship will be available from around September 2018 until approximately September 2019 This will enable all of the work for the implementation of the Games to be done.

The internship will be unpaid and based within the Gateshead Civic Centre, Regent Street Gateshead.

Hours are flexible and are to be agreed but be approximately 10 hours per week prior to the event and full time hours throughout the Games themselves (17th - 14th August 2019)

If you are interested in this intership role you will need to complete the attached Expression of Interest form or use the link to the online version below:


If you are already registered as a volunteer with Gatehead Council please email volunteering@gateshead.go.uk and notify






Skills and qualifications needed: 

Experience and knowledge:

  • managing or working with volunteers - desirable
  • volunteering, working or studying in the sport, physical activity and health related environment - Essential
  • using office based software packages and databases - Essential
  • working with a range of partners - desirable
  • full driving license kiceabd access to a vehicle - desirable
  • an understanding of health and satey and safeguarding policies and procedures.- desirable

Skills, abilities and personal characteristics

  • strong verbal and written communication skills
  • excellent organisational skills
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • demonstrate genuine enthusiansm and confidence when dealing with the general public
  • ability to be creative and flexible
  • ability to prioritise and structure tasks
  • demonstrate a professional appearance and attitude when dealing with partners.
Does opportunity require DBS check?: 
Opportunity start date: 
1st September 2018
Opportunity end date: 
Thursday, 2 August, 2018
Contact Person: 
Kate Marshall
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