Volunteering roles overseas usually count towards the "Make a Difference" part of the Stellify Award.
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.
Team Rwanda is our flagship overseas volunteering project, run in partnership with social enterprise Azizi Life, enhancing their work supporting local artisans in Rwanda. For the last two years student volunteers have been volunteering remotely on this project. For summer 2023 we are recruiting a team of students to travel to Rwanda from July-August to take part! This is a great opportunity to share your passions, make friends and experience a new culture.
Our Trusted Partners are organisations with ethical and sustainable projects that we have checked out and can recommend. We recognise that there are many irreputable organisations in the field of international volunteering, and that it is often hard to weed out the bad from the good. This is why we have done this work for you, by making connections with some of the most ethical and impactful organisations. The opportunities our Trusted Partners offer include remote opportunities, for example teaching children in Brazil or helping with campaigns for S.A.L.V.E. International in Uganda, as well as overseas projects in countries including Fiji, Sri Lanka and Uganda. Whether you travel or help remotely, you will be engaging with global issues and supporting communities around the world.
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. Email us to get started.
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 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."