Volunteer


“We all have the ability to help and connect with others from around the world because even if we don’t have the financial means to donate, all of us have the ability to give up our time.” Ayah-Sofia, Edinburgh University Mercy Corps Student Corps

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Mercy Corps. Volunteers help us maximise our connection with communities around the world, helping us raise vital funds throughout the year. From summer sporting events, office admin to schools volunteers, we couldn't do it without you.

Current Volunteering Opportunities

Our volunteering opportunities vary throughout the year, below are some of the ways in which you may be able to volunteer with us;

Summer Events - Our summer events would simply not be possible without teams of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. They are vital to the success of both the participants and the event. Our volunteers have co-ordinated registration, kept cyclists on the right path, pulled kayaks to the shore of Loch Tay, cheered participants across the finish line and presented them with their medals. We always love to work with our incredible volunteers so please take a look at our current opportunities below:

Tour de Forth - On Sunday 2nd June 2019, hundreds of participants will be cycling 97.3km through the Forth Valley to raise money for Mercy Corps and Cash for Kids. Their success relies on our wonderful team of volunteers - can you join us this year?

Thanks to the support of our volunteers, Tour de Forth had an incredible impact in 2018; raising over £51,000. With an additional route this year, Tour de Forth 2019 is going to be the biggest and best one yet and we need you to make this happen! We are looking for wonderful marshalls to keep our cyclists on the right track, and provide support and all-important refreshments along the way.

If would like to get involved or are interested in finding out more, please complete this form or email volunteer-europe@mercycorps.org. You’ll receive a volunteering pack to help you with the essentials and our team will be on-hand for any extra support you’d like. The only thing you need to bring is lots of enthusiasm!

Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon - One of the best one-day challenges in the UK returns to Loch Tay on Saturday 6th July 2019. The exhilarating challenge event consists of a swim, run, kayak and cycle, and we need a team of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to make it happen.

We are looking for flexible, reliable and committed volunteers who are willing to get stuck in and make this an epic weekend. As a thank you, there will be a feast with a ceilidh and fireworks on the Saturday evening for an experience you won’t forget!

If you would like to help-out and give the generous gift of your time, please complete this form or find out more by contacting volunteer-europe@mercycorps.org. You’ll receive a volunteering pack to help you with the essentials and we’ll provide you with all the training that you will need on the day. In the meantime, our team are on-hand for any extra support you’d like. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Schools Programme - We deliver presentations and run a variety of workshops in local schools, engaging students in global issues from refugee rights to conflict management and water security. We are keen to train schools volunteers in Edinburgh.

Emergency - In an emergency, we are working hard to ensure that we can support those in crisis. Our fundraising team welcomes volunteers to help with a range of administrative support.

Get in touch

If you have any questions call our supporter care team on +44 (0) 131 662 2377 during office hours or email volunteer-europe@mercycorps.org anytime.

Think Global. Act Local

Our volunteering opportunities are based in the UK, primarily in the Edinburgh Area. We do not offer volunteering opportunities overseas, one of our core strengths in global programming is that we hire staff nationally, in the countries where we work. This approach helps the economy of the local region, empowers the local people, and engages the community in bringing positive change.

Occasionally there are opportunities for people to support our international programming through Internships.