Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour

Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour 2018 by Restless Development

Restless Development is looking for a young, passionate speaker from the Global South to join them on their annual Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour.

Are you a young person affected by HIV or AIDS? Do you have the skills, knowledge, and passion to inspire other young people to take action? Then we want to hear from you!


The Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour will visit around 14 universities across the UK within a three week period. In this voluntary role, you will tour the UK, to help bring to life the issues behind the HIV&AIDS pandemic by telling your personal story to young people and decision-makers and inspiring them to take action.

The Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour aims to engage and inspire young people in the UK to take action to help tackle the pandemic. As well as telling your story at speaker events, the tour group will also take part in media interviews and support youth campaigning activities across the UK.

  • Your role will be to work as part of a team of two to four UK based speakers, alongside a Restless Development staff member and driver, visiting universities around the UK.
  • You will deliver a fifteen-minute talk on why HIV is important to you and how it has affected your life, your community, country, and region.
  • The talks will be followed by a 15-30 minutes question and answer sessions with the audience. We will either visit one or two universities per day.
  • You will also take part in regional campaigning activities and activism during the daytime alongside our student volunteers – this will include public engagement, media interviews, campaign stalls, action cards signing, flashmobs, and publicity stunts.


The Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour is an unpaid voluntary position. However, the following costs will be covered directly by Restless Development:

  • Travel to the UK: Travel and visa costs (if needed) to and from the UK will be covered by Restless Development.
  • Accommodation: Basic accommodation will be provided during the Speaker Tour which will be a mix of hostels and our volunteers providing their own accommodation for us. Sometimes this may require sleeping on sofas or the floor with sleeping bags/mats but we will try to make sure there are beds wherever possible.
  • Travel in the UK: All travel within the UK will be covered. This will be a mix of trains, cars, and other public transport.
  • Travel insurance: You will be provided with travel insurance for the full time that you are in the UK.
  • Food: Food will be provided during the team training, and a food allowance will be given throughout the 3 weeks Tour.
  • Phone: You will be provided with the UK pay as you go sim card with £20 credit upon arrival in the UK to contact Speaker Tour team members and staff. You will need to pay for any phone use over and above this amount. We will ensure where possible there is access to Skype and internet during the Speaker Tour.


The successful applicant is from the Global South (Africa, Latin America, or developing Asia including the Middle East) and will have the following:

Personal Qualities

  • Positive mental attitude
  • Open minded and culturally aware
  • Independent
  • Flexible
  • Belief in the role of young people as activists
  • Belief in the potential of Youth Stop AIDS

Skills and Experience

  • Proven ability to engage, motivate and inspire others
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to get on with others
  • Excellent communication skills: an articulate and confident public speaker
  • Experience of and commitment to grassroots HIV & AIDS activism
  • Be an active member of an HIV network
  • Excellent knowledge of national (i.e. from your country) and global issues around HIV and AIDS
  • Good knowledge of key debates around access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support

Other Criteria:

  • Be aged 18-30
  • Speak fluent English
  • Be personally affected by the HIV & AIDS epidemic

They are especially keen to have applications from:

  • Young people living with HIV
  • Young people from key affected populations, including sex workers, drug users, men who have sex with men and transgender.

*If you are from the Global South but currently reside in the UK, you may apply for the UK Speaker role

Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour Dates

The tour will run from Monday 5th February to Friday 23rd February – during this time each UK speaker will alternate and speak at approximately 3 events.

After arriving in the UK, you will attend a 3-day training to prepare you for the Tour, and will then travel to events across the UK (including England, Wales and Scotland) for the following 2.5 weeks.

Interested? Great!

How to Apply

Applying is easy – after reading the Speaker Role Description, complete the  Application Form below and email it to James (

Download the International Speaker Application Form 2018 Here

Deadline: Tuesday 19th, December 2017

Interviews will provisionally take place on Thursday 21st December.

If you have any questions or issues completing the application, please contact James (

If you want to find out more about what happened on last year’s Tour, read this article and check out this profile of last year’s speakers!


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