Volunteering roles overseas usually count towards the "Make a Difference" part of the Stellify Award.
The heightened risks associated with travel during the pandemic, both to individuals and the wider global community, and the ongoing challenges around international travel are continuing to affect some of our international volunteering projects. We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide updates here and via social media.
We hope to provide some overseas opportunities for summer 2022 including with Team Rwanda and our Trusted Partners. Remote volunteering opportunities continue to be available, a sustainable and valuable way to make a difference overseas.
Volunteering internationally, whether remotely or abroad, is an exciting and rewarding way to make a difference in communities overseas. It may be for you if you are someone who is happy to try new things, go out of your comfort zone and deal with the unexpected (and sometimes uncomfortable!). It’s a great opportunity to share your skills and knowledge and work alongside others from different backgrounds whilst learning about another country and culture.
Team Rwanda is our flagship overseas volunteering project, run in partnership with social enterprise Azizi Life. The project helps to enhance their work, supporting local artisans in Rwanda. Each year we recruit a team of volunteers to support Azizi Life with enterprise, social media, community development and environmental projects. This is a great project to share your passions, make friends and experience a new culture.
Our Trusted Partners are organisations with ethical and sustainable international projects that we have checked out and can recommend. These include remote opportunities, for example teaching children in Brazil or helping with campaigns for S.A.L.V.E. International in Uganda, and overseas projects in countries including Sri Lanka, Fiji, Uganda and Madagascar. This is a great way to engage with global issues and support communities around the world during this challenging time.
If you are interested in finding your own volunteering with an international organisation, either remotely or abroad, our advice is to be open minded, think about what you’ve got to offer and do your research. We have lots of advice and guidance to help you navigate the organisations out there and find the opportunity that's right for you, including updated advice on what to consider in relation to Covid-19.
Pharmacology student Shivani volunteered with Think Pacific, an NGO working in Fiji. Based in a Fijian village and living with a Fijian family, Shivani ran educational, creative and sports activities with children and young people.
"I was motivated to gain new skills and experiences and to meet new people. I learnt many different skills including teamwork, organisation and responsibility, and I also made some great friends. Our volunteering helped Think Pacific to achieve the goals of Fiji’s National Development Plan, improving children's education, and increasing the extra-curricular activity they are able to participate in."