April 2014 in St James's Park London: a delegation from Mitoto Primary School in Kenya visits Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk District
April 2014 at the Eco-Lodge at Lodge Hill activity centre: a delegation from Mitoto Primary School in Kenya visits Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk District
April 2014: a delegation from Mitoto Primary School in Kenya visits Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk District
April 2014: a delegation from Mitoto Primary School in Kenya visits Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk District
April 2014: a delegation from Mitoto Primary School in Kenya visits Chanctonbury Ring Woodcraft Folk District

About our campaign

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The Woodcraft Folk and IFM-SEI have a long history of organising youth delegations around the world. They also put on international youth camps, conferences and other events for your people.

Woodcraft and IFM believe that this kind of international work is really important for the young hosts and guests that take part; participants in international youth events gain a huge amount socially and culturally from them. Moreover, IFM and Woodcraft believe that the things that young people learn through international work will feed into their choices and actions in life and benefit society as a whole.

Like many organisations, however, IFM and Woodcraft have found it increasingly difficult to ensure that volunteers and young people can get the visas necessary to take part in events and delegations. This is the case in particular for people from poorer backgrounds – not only is it expensive to apply for a visa, the rules tend to favour those with greater financial means. The visa process is also complicated and difficult to navigate.

That’s why both organisations decided to establish the visa campaign. The campaign aims to help people through the application process and to change the visa system so that it works better for young, volunteer applicants.