International volunteering

 

Volunteering roles overseas usually count towards the "Make a Difference" part of the Stellify Award.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation and the heightened risks associated with travel during the pandemic, both to individuals and the wider local and global community, Team Rwanda and the majority of international volunteering opportunities with Trusted Partners will not go ahead in summer 2021. This is in line with the decision made by the University relating to all non-course related overseas opportunities.

However, we are still committed to making a difference abroad and there are many ways you can still get involved including:

  • Remote volunteering with international partners;
  • New remote international summer opportunities, watch this space!;
  • Some overseas summer opportunities may be able to go ahead nearer the time if travel restrictions change, although this is likely to be at very short notice;
  • Volunteering in the UK as things begin to open up, for example at a residential camp or event.

We will continue to review the situation and will provide updates as we have them. We hope to support more students to volunteer in summer 2022, especially those who have missed out on Team Rwanda.

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.

The University's flagship overseas volunteering project Team Rwanda will build on the success of Team Uganda. Once we are able to go live again, we will be looking for 14 volunteers and a Team Leader to spend one month in the summer in Rwanda with Azizi Life, a charity working with artisans and their communities. Meanwhile, we are running a remote volunteering project focussing on enterprise and marketing support.

We are also advertising our Trusted Partners; organisations with ethical and sustainable international opportunites that we have checked out and can highly recommend. Many are currently running remote oportunities in place of overseas projects, where you can engage with global issues and help 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 realtion to Covid-19.

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Pharmacology student Shivani volunteered for four weeks in summer 2018 with Think Pacific, an NGO working with the Fijian government to deliver ethical and sustainable youth projects. 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, which is why I decided to volunteer with Think Pacific. I learnt many different skills including teamwork, organisation and responsibility, and I also made some great friendships. Our volunteering helped Think Pacific to achieve the goals of Fiji’s National Development Plan. We also helped to improve Fijian children’s’ education, as well as increase the sports opportunities and extra-curricular activity they are able to participate in."

Shivani