By Jack Lister

ISLANDERS have until next week to volunteer for ‘the fantastic opportunity’ to take part in one of the Jersey Overseas Aid projects planned for this year.

Of the three projects planned for this year, one – in Rwanda – is aimed specifically at teachers or residents with teaching experience who are interested in sharing their skills with their African counterparts.

International Development Minister Carolyn Labey said: ‘This team of between ten and 12 volunteers will have a fantastic opportunity to share their skills with a school community in Rwanda.’ Since 1972, the JOA has organised groups of volunteers who spend up to four weeks working with communities in developing countries. This year’s groups will travel to Nepal, Kenya and Rwanda.Participants are expected to contribute £500 towards their travel expenses, with the JOA funding the additional costs and providing the necessary materials and supplies.

Bursaries are available to ensure financial circumstances do not present people from applying.

Anyone interested in applying can do so at

Alternatively, Islanders can call the JOA office on 446901 or email for more information.

Applications must be submitted by 31 January.