International volunteering

UCL Study Abroad is delighted to work with two volunteering providers who offer excellent summer opportunities to our students.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update for short-term mobility

In light of the global challenge posed by the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent UCL guidance regarding summer placements, Study Abroad regrets to announce that all short-term global mobility activities will be cancelled this summer. This includes places available through our Tuition Fee Free scheme, the Cities Partnership Programme and funding opportunities through our bursaries. We are also unable to support international internships through the Convention de Stage unless you are taking the internship in your home country or can demonstrate that you will be working remotely. Advice for staff and students who may have concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus is available on the following page. 

International volunteering partnerships

Think Pacific - Volunteering in Fiji

Students from UCL  have the chance to volunteer with Think Pacific in rural Fijian schools, implementing education, health and sports development initiatives in partnership with the Fijian Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health & Ministry of Youth and Sports. 

Volunteers will undertake a multifaceted timetable, which will include assisting local teachers within rural primary or secondary schools, organising one to one tuition for students highlighted for additional support, assisting to establish kindergarten programmes, advancing extra-curricular activities and sustainable youth clubs, providing advocacy in areas of health and hygiene, nutrition or environmental issues as well as implementing grass roots sports development initiatives, which include introducing daily PE classes, coaching children’s team and sports outreach. 

About Think Pacific

In partnership with the Fijian Government, Think Pacific has been delivering volunteering projects in Fiji since 2009. Over the last eight years, over 3000 participants have joined the volunteer teams, with large numbers of students joining the programme from UK universities. 

Watch the video below to find out more about Think Pacific:

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The cost of the one-month programme is £1495. Students are encouraged to fundraise over the course of the year to reach this target. Think Pacific will provide resources and guidance to participants to assist in this effort. The programme fee does not cover flight costs, but eligible participants are encouraged to apply to the Global Experience Bursary for additional support. Please note that the Global Experience Bursary will only provide a contribution to your costs.

How to apply

To apply, you will have to complete a short online application. Following submission of the online application, Think Pacific will contact you to arrange a phone call so one of the team can have a chat with you about your application and discuss the programme in greater depth. 


Aslam Bin Norhan from Psychology and Language Sciences participated in the programme over the summer of 2018. Watch his testimonial and hear about his experiences in Fiji below:

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Further information on Think Pacific can be found at the following links: 

Gotoco - Volunteering in China (new for 2020!)

Starting summer 2020 we are pleased to work with Gotoco as our newest overseas opportunitities provider. They offer accessible exchange and TEFL certificate programmes to European and North American students, in their numerous partner summer camps and schools in China.Since 2011, the Gotoco team has helped 1,000 students and young professionals from around the globe visit China.

A number of UCL students have previously participated in Gotoco programmes.


About Gotoco

Gotoco are a social enterprise devoted to promoting cultural awareness and quality English education through a variety of projects that link Europe and North America to China. They believe it is vital to foster good relations between China and Europe and North America, especially given China’s increasing importance in our globalised world. Experience of China and cultural exchange will be vital for all their participants as they go on to become global citizens and leaders in our rapidly changing world.
Growing out of their experience on summer camps in Yangshuo, Guangxi in 2011, the Gotoco team has built up an extensive network of summer camp partners all over China. The founders, Daniel and Richard first met on their Chinese Studies course at the University of Oxford and formed a strong friendship with Lisha on their year abroad in Beijing in 2012. Daniel, Lisha and Richard founded Gotoco to combine their knowledge, expertise and diverse talents and provide their participants with an unforgettable summer in China.

To find out more, watch the video below:

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There are no fees to participate and ccommodation is provided by the camps. Students are expected to cover their own travel and visa costs. 

Students can apply for the Global Experience Bursary to help with the costs.

How to apply

To apply, you will have to complete an online form via the Gotoco website. You will be asked to provide general application information, and to upload your CV/resume and photo. Successful candidates will have an online interview with prospective projects in China before we let you know where you’ll be heading next summer. We will confirm your place on our programmes as quickly as possible. Final location details are usually confirmed from March-June as this is when the summer camps confirm their teams.

Further details

Please visit the gotoco website: https://www.go-to.co/

    Other international volunteering opportunities 

    These are our first international volunteering partnerships, but we anticipate that we will add to this in future. In the meantime, if you are considering an alternative international volunteering opportunity, the Students' Union Volunteering Service has some advice and useful links to get you started.

    Note on summer programmes in China

    UCL Study Abroad continues to monitor relevant sources, including the FCO advice , in relation to travelling to China. Should the current public health concerns in relation to the Coronavirus persist or worsen closer to the date of departure, the Study Abroad Team will suspend or postpone where possible student participation in the summer programme they were selected for.