Volunteer as a Peer Educator

Volunteering as a peer educator is a great way to meet new people, increase your confidence, and gain skills in teaching, presentation and facilitation.

There are organisations across Scotland and the UK that offer volunteer placements to train you up as a peer educator in a group, and who will work with you in schools or youth groups to deliver educational sessions. The best part is, you don’t need any previous experience, and you don’t need to be an expert on your chosen topic.

Below you can watch a video on the peer education project developed in 2014-2015 by Fast Forward with senior pupils at Boroughmuir High School, in Edinburgh. In this project the S5 and S6 students run sessions with S1s and S2s around a topic that the older young people have chosen. For example the peer educators created a board game around the subject of ‘surviving high school’, focusing on healthy transitions.

To find out about peer education projects near you, contact our friendly SPEN Officer.

If you don’t think peer education is for you, but you’d like to volunteer some other way, a great organisation to contact is Project Scotland, a charity that helps young people in Scotland get on in life through volunteering with local charities. If you’re between the ages of 16-25, Project Scotland is a great way to get the skills you need in order to boost your CV, or just to meet other people and help out in your community.

Another great organisation for volunteering both within Scotland and abroad is Volunteer Scotland. Their opportunities are diverse and are usually open to all ages, so check out their website here to see what’s going on near you.

If you’re specifically interested in volunteering abroad, Xchange Scotland organises opportunities for volunteers from other countries to come to Scotland, and for you to go to exciting places such as Malawi, Spain, or India!