Volunteering internationally can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It can be a chance for you to:
• Share your skills and make a difference in another part of the world;
• Experience a new culture and make a meaningful contribution to a cause;
• Enhance your employability.
Our international volunteering programme launched in 2014-15. Below are the different ways you can get involved. Compare opportunities using our Cribsheet.
The University’s flagship overseas volunteering project runs in partnership with S.A.L.V.E. International, a charity working to reduce the number of children living on the streets of Jinja, Uganda. The project takes place each summer for a month from mid-July to mid-August when a team of University of Manchester volunteers work alongside Ugandan counterparts to deliver various projects and holiday camps. This year the team will deliver community projects and run educational activities with some of the children that S.A.L.V.E. works with. Each year the projects build on the work of previous years, contributing to the long term impact, enhancing the work of S.A.L.V.E. and supporting more children to establish a life off the streets. Find out more!
We also advertise a number of overseas volunteering opportunities with our Trusted Partners in countries around the world. All opportunities we advertise have been carefully checked out and meet our criteria for quality overseas volunteering projects.
This year we have 12 organisations to choose from, with projects in Romania, Uganda, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Fiji, Rwanda and more! Some Trusted Partners are running projects for University of Manchester students only, whilst others are looking for a mix of volunteers from different parts of the UK and the world. We are continuing to expand the number of opportunities we advertise, which means there are even more countries, projects and causes to choose from!
Volunteering overseas is a lot more complex than volunteering at home and can be a real leap from your comfort zone. You will need to think carefully about the project, living arrangements, the local culture and travel and transport. When looking for an organisation to volunteer with, important things to consider include the ethics, costs, safety, impact and sustainability of projects. With so much to think about we have lots of guidance to help your decision-making.
Dates for the 2019-20 academic year will be listed here when they come up.