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 whilst experiencing a new culture.
International volunteering 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!)
The University launched ‘Team Uganda’ in 2015, working with a small charity, S.A.L.V.E. International, which works to reduce the number of children on the streets of Jinja. Twelve students were selected to spend a month in Uganda to deliver environmental, technology and community research activities and a holiday camp to enhance the work of S.A.L.V.E. and support more children to establish a life off the streets.
The University also advertises 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.
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 there are many important things to consider including the ethics, costs, safety, impact and sustainability of projects. We have lots of guidance to help your decision-making.
Interested in Team Uganda? Read their student blog!
Helen volunteered for four weeks with Kids Club Kampala in Uganda, a grassroots organisation that brings hope and love to vulnerable children. Alongside the amazing staff, she helped with the education programmes teaching the Kids Club children Maths and English alongside assisting with the daily feeding program which provides the children a nutritious meal. She and the other volunteers also played many games with the children and had so much fun.
Helen chose to volunteer abroad because she wanted to enhance her knowledge of international development and expand her experience, but above all to see and work alongside an organisation which does incredible work for vulnerable children and communities.
Helen says, “Volunteering with Kids Club Kampala has been a wonderful experience. I have gained so much confidence in my ability to adapt to new environments and cope with sometimes challenging situations. Most importantly, the friendships I have gained through my volunteer experience will stay with me forever.”