The Wood Foundation

Global Xchange

In 2008 TWF invested £404,000 over three years in Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) to provide 54 young people from the UK and Tanzania with the opportunity to volunteer through their youth exchange programme; Global Xchange (GX). In Aberdeen, GX is delivered in partnership between Aberdeen Foyer, VSO and the British Council, and is fully funded by TWF.

Each year GX Aberdeen brings together 18 committed 18-25 year olds, in equal numbers, from across the UK and a host country from overseas, in this case Tanzania.  As a team, the volunteers then live with local host families and work in cross-cultural pairs alongside each other for six months, spending three months in Aberdeen and three months in Dar es Salaam. 

Since 2009, 53 volunteers have participated in the Aberdeen/Tanzania Xchange.  Between them they have completed over 29,846 hours of volunteering on a diverse range of community projects within local schools and grassroots organisations in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Dar es Salaam. 

TWF’s investment also provided VSO with the opportunity to collaborate with Aberdeen Foyer to pilot the use of community partners to manage the delivery of GX within UK host communities.  The success experienced in Aberdeen over the three year investment has encouraged VSO to deliver the majority of their youth exchange programmes using this partnership model.