International Volunteering

Volunteering internationally, whether remotely or abroad, 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.

The ongoing pandemic is continuing to affect some of our international projects. We hope to provide some overseas opportunities for summer 2022 including with Team Rwanda and our Trusted Partners, updates will be provided here and via social media.

We are also running a number of remote volunteering opportunities, which are a great and sustainable way to make a difference globally.

Information session

Friday 15 October 1pm-2.30pm - Come and meet our international partners based all over the world to find out how you could volunteer with them this year. You could be helping from the UK or you might volunteer abroad as international travel starts to open up again. Join us on zoom, no need to register just turn up!


Team Rwanda

The University’s flagship overseas volunteering project is a partnership with Azizi Life, a social enterprise working with local artisans and their communities for sustainable development. Each year we recruit a team of students to volunteer on enterprise, social media, community research and environmental projects. The projects are developed based on the needs of Azizi Life, contributing to their long term impact, and this is a great opportunity to gain experience whilst experiencing Rwandan culture.  Find out more!

Trusted Partners

Our Trusted Partners run volunteering projects in countries around the world, including Brazil, Uganda, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Fiji and more! All opportunities meet our criteria for ethical, sustainable and well supported overseas volunteering opportunities. Some are running new sustainable remote volunteering projects including BHZ Connection in  Brazil, and S.A.L.V.E. International in Uganda. Others are hoping to re-launch their overseas projects for summer 2022, including Play Action International, Travelteer, Think Pacific and Kaya Responsible Travel.

Finding your own volunteering overseas

Volunteering overseas is more complex than volunteering at home and can be a real leap from your comfort zone. You'll need to consider the ethics, costs, safety and long term impact of projects, alongside the living arrangements, the local culture and travel and transport. Whilst many international projects are paused, you might want to consider volunteering remotely with an overseas charity, or in-person with an international organisation based in Manchester.  With so much to think about we have lots of guidance to help your decision-making, including advice in relation to Covid-19.

Got a question?

Frequently asked questions.

Is voluntourism ethical?

Watch the national Student Volunteering Network film here

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