Book a free Speaker
At the moment, we encourage you to book a virtual talk if you can, as, due to COVID-19, many of our Speakers currently prefer to volunteer online.
Aimed at learners in Year 3 and above, our curriculum-based workshops inspire group thinking and learning, through quizzes, games and hands-on activities.
Everything you need to know
The short answer is anyone! We can speak with all sorts of groups, including schools, churches and faith groups, companies, youth groups, and service organisations.
We can deliver face-to-face talks and workshops across the UK, and online anywhere in the world – as long as you have a strong internet connection!
If you're an educator, we also offer interactive workshops which are suitable for Year 3 pupils onwards.
Our 200+ Speakers are experts in water, sanitation and hygiene – and together, they've delivered over 11,000 talks and educational workshops! Our volunteers can speak about any aspect of WaterAid’s work, including COVID-19, climate change, periods and menstrual hygiene, our work with women, the technologies we use, our advocacy work, and much more.
Our Speakers can also focus on key days of the year, such as World Water Day (22 March), Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May), Global Handwashing Day (15 October) and World Toilet Day (19 November). We can also tailor sessions around topics of your choosing.
Our Speaker-led talks are for any audience interested in learning about WaterAid and our work. Our inspiring and informative talks can vary in length, content and there is no audience too big or small. Our Speakers most commonly deliver talks at school assemblies, fundraising events and service organisation meetings, and for youth groups such as Brownies and Scouts, and more.
Our educational workshops are curriculum-based and can easily slot into your lesson plans. Workshops include educational quizzes, interactive games and learning exercises to inspire group thinking and discussion around clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene as a transformative force for good in people’s lives around the world. Workshops are for a maximum of 30 learners, are suitable for Year 3 learners onwards and can be tailored depending on the learners' requirements. We also provide free accompanying educational resources, developed by teachers.
As all of our Speakers are volunteers, sometimes we're unable to find someone who is available. In this instance, we’ll send you a presentation with similar content delivered by Speakers, and we may look to offer a Speaker to provide an online talk or workshop for your group.
You can also check out our presentations and resources for different groups including educational resources, faith groups resources, technologies we use in our work and our most popular films about our work.
Yes! You can view our pre-recorded talks for primary school children, and secondary school children or adults:
Watch talk for primary school children
Watch talk for secondary school children or adults
Visit our YouTube channel for more WaterAid films
You can also download our general WaterAid presentations (including on hygiene and handwashing), and browse our full range of educational resources, including presentations, lesson plans, online games, quizzes and songs.
No – although our volunteers are UK-based, they can deliver virtual talks and workshops to international audiences.
Please make sure you have a strong internet connection, and, where possible, try to be flexible with timings.
When liaising with a Speaker to plan your session, please be sure to inform them of any specific requirements around language or cultural sensitivities, and use this opportunity to review their presentation slides to ensure the content is suitable for your group.
Groups based in Japan should get in touch with the WaterAid Japan Speakers Club (in Japanese).
About our Speakers
Our Speakers come from all walks of life, from students to retirees and everyone between. The one thing they all have in common is a passion for sharing WaterAid's work and sparking change, to help people living in some of the toughest places in the world transform their lives.
Could you join our Speaker Network?
If you're a confident public speaker with a passion for WaterAid's work, it could be the perfect volunteering opportunity for you!
If you have any questions then please get in touch with the Speaker Network team – we'd love to hear from you!
Phone: 020 7793 4594
Email: [email protected]