Volunteer as a WaterAid Speaker

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Are you a confident public speaker, passionate about transforming lives with clean water and good hygiene? Then volunteer as a WaterAid Speaker and inspire others through talks and workshops.

About the role

As a WaterAid Speaker, you'll join a network of over 100 volunteers, who together have delivered over 11,000 talks and workshops helping to spread the word about clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Speakers give inspiring talks and run educational workshops for schools, faith groups, service organisations, youth groups and more across the UK – and around the world, with our online service. 

Join the Speaker Network

Becoming a Speaker can take just a few weeks – please follow these steps to join us:

  1. Read the Speaker volunteer role description (PDF).
  2. Register your interest via the volunteering application form, being sure to provide your consent and contact details.
  3. Complete an online application form (we’ll send you this once you’ve registered your interest).
  4. Complete our training, have an interview call, and deliver a practice presentation.

Register your interest in joining the Speaker Network

Please note that volunteers must be aged 18+ and based in the UK.

Training and support

Before you start, you'll receive online training and dedicated one-to-one support to help develop your public speaking skills. We'll also help you deepen your understanding of WaterAid and our work, so you're confident sharing it with others.

Once you've joined the Speaker Network, we'll support you with ongoing mentorship, and provide you with all the resources you need to give presentations or run workshops. We'll also reimburse travel expenses.


WaterAid is an equal opportunities, disability-confident organisation, committed to achieving the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality – and as such, we want to do everything we can to make volunteering as a Speaker accessible for everyone.

Please get in touch with us by emailing [email protected], or by calling 020 7793 4594, if we can help with:

  • Support during the application process
  • Support during our training (online and/or face to face)
  • Additional help with expenses
  • Anything else that we could do to support you to volunteer with us.


Our Speakers’ health, safety and wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us. We know that COVID 19 has affected all our lives differently, including how we might like to volunteer in our communities – so we’ve put in place a range of different methods to support our volunteers.

As a Speaker, you can choose to deliver talks and workshops online, instead of making in-person visits to venues. We’ll also provide you with a risk assessment, which includes information and guidance on how to make sure your talks and workshops are COVID-safe.

If you have any concerns around COVID-19 and how it may impact your ability to volunteer with us, please get in touch by emailing [email protected], or by calling 020 7793 4594.

Speaker Network impact

Become a WaterAid Speaker and you'll join a community of volunteers all dedicated to one thing: making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere.

Read our recent impact reports to learn more about the difference we're making together:

Speaker Network impact report 2023/24 (PDF)

Contact us

If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer Speaker, or would like to hear a bit more about what it involves, contact the Speaker Network team. They'll be happy to help!

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 020 7793 4594