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, all our 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.
We hope to support more students to volunteer abroad in summer 2022, especially those who have missed out on Team Rwanda.
However, we are still committed to making a difference abroad and there are many ways you can still get involved!
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.
We are running a NEW remote version of the University's flagship overseas volunteering project Team Rwanda for summer 2021! We are looking for a team of students to volunteer for one month with Azizi Life, a charity working with artisans and their communities, on enterprise, digital media, and community research projects. We hope to run the overseas version in summer 2022, when 15 volunteers including a Team Leader will spend one month in the summer in Rwanda.
There are also remote opportunities with our Trusted Partners, organisations with ethical and sustainable international opportunites that we have checked out and can highly recommend. Many are running online projects in place of overseas trips 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.
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."