When and where?
AV has projects in rural communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America. There are short ventures for those who can only go away for 3-5 weeks (in summer holidays or before starting a job) or long ventures for those looking to make the most of some time out before entering the real world!
How will an AV project help my employability?
As the job market gets increasingly competitive it’s becoming harder to make sure you stand out from the crowd. Employers are looking for candidates who have gone the extra mile, whose CV shows there is more to them than just a good education. They’re interested in people who can demonstrate skills and apply then them to the challenges of the work environment. It’s about life experience.
Through AV’s teaching, community and conservation projects you can develop these skills and gain experience which demonstrates your initiative, resourcefulness, problem solving experience and ability to take on responsibility; perfect for showing your potential to future employers. It also gives you an interesting topic to talk about on application forms and in interviews as graduate Sean Walsh found out:
“When I graduated in June 2009, I not only didn't really know what to do with myself in regards to a career but I also faced one of the most competitive and cruellest graduate recruitment markets ever. Finding even unpaid internships is a mission in itself these days, so trying to find a career outside of Politics with only a Politics degree looked a dismal affair. AV was one of the best things I have ever done - we were given the liberty to travel and see as much of Africa as we could, whilst safely experiencing living and working in real communities where our help was genuinely thanked for. I came back visibly more confident and assured with what I wanted to do. I also got the first graduate job I applied for having enthusiastically talked about my AV experience in a 2-hour interview! My advice to anyone considering AV? It'll get you a job. You'll do stuff you never dreamed you could. You'll have the time of your life.” (Sean Walsh, Newcastle University Graduate and Kenya AV 2009).