What would my schedule look like? Can I work remotely?
- AT A LOCAL CHAPTER:
The local chapters are exclusively run by volunteers. Hence, actions mostly take place during the week-end and in the evenings – outside working hours. Each case should be discussed with the local chapter directly, depending on the type of action.
- AT OUR HEADQUARTERS OR OFFICES:
Being a volunteer at our HQ or at one of our offices means you will be working with our full time staff, hence you must be available during our working hours: from Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. However, some missions can take place during weekends or in the evenings (events and waste collections).
Depending on the mission, you can choose your schedule: 2 hours a week, one day a week, 3 days a month, every day for a month… It doesn’t matter as long as it suits you and remains coherent with your mission.
It is also possible to work remotely on specific missions (content writing, translation, design, scientific researches…).
Is there a minimum period required to be involved ?
It all depends on the action or mission you wish to get involved in. In general, there is no minimum period. Obviously, the longer you commit, the more in-depth work you can do and on long-term projects.
Do I have to be a Surfrider Foundation Europe (SFE) member to volunteer?
There is no need to be a member to become a volunteer. However, being a member gives you the right to vote at the organization’s yearly General Assembly and a 10% discount on our shop. By becoming a member, you help the organisation continue its actions.
Do I have to be over 18 to volunteer?
There is no age limit to get involved but we might require the authorisation of your parents or tutor depending on the mission.
Is accommodation included during my mission? Does SFE cover traveling costs and meals?
Unfortunately, SFE cannot offer accommodation to volunteers. If not mentioned in the assignments, you will have to cover the cost of transportation as well as meals.
Shall I bring my laptop to work at the headquarters or offices?
We rarely have available computers for volunteers coming to work in our offices. If possible, we thus ask you to bring yours if you need it when taking part in missions.
Are there any missions outside of Europe?
For all actions and missions outside of Europe, please visit Surfrider USA’s website (as it coordinates the entire Surfrider movement outside of Europe) www.surfrider.org, which is Surfrider’s global headquarters and/or reach out to them at firstname.lastname@example.org.