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.

We are excited to announce that our international volunteering programme will go ahead in summer 2022 with Team Rwanda and some of our Trusted Partners. Remote opportunities continue to be available as an alternative.

Information session - Student Volunteering Week

Thursday 10 February, 12-1pmUniversity Place 3.204 

Find out about overseas volunteering opportunities as they start to open up again across the world and how you can get involved.   

Team Rwanda

The University’s flagship overseas volunteering project will re-launch for summer 2022 in partnership with Azizi Life, a social enterprise working with local artisans in Rwanda. We are looking for a team of students to travel to Rwanda from July-August and volunteer on digital media, research, enterprise and environmental projects. The projects are developed based on the needs of Azizi Life, contributing to their long term impact. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and gain valuable skills whilst experiencing Rwandan culture.  Find out more!

Trusted Partners

Our Trusted Partners run volunteering projects in countries around the world including Fiji, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Brazil and more! All opportunities meet our criteria for ethical, sustainable and well supported overseas volunteering opportunities. A small number of overseas opportunties are being re-launched for summer 2022 including with Think Pacific, Play Action International, Travelteer and Kaya Responsible Travel. Remote volunteering opportunities continue as an alternative, for example with BHZ Connection, and S.A.L.V.E. International. 

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, local culture, travel and transport. Risks also continue to be heightened due to the pandemic. As an alternative you could consider volunteering remotely or in Manchester.  With so much to think about we have lots of guidance to help your decision-making, including advice in relation to travelling during the pandemic.

Got a question?

Frequently asked questions.

Is voluntourism ethical?

Watch the national Student Volunteering Network film here

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