International volunteering and other opportunities

UCL Study Abroad is delighted to present a range of summer opportunities for students. Browse the options below!

International volunteering partnerships

Below is a summary of our international volunteering partners and the opportunities they offer.

Students can apply for a Global Experience Bursary to help with the associated volunteering costs and if eligble, after applying for the Global Experience Bursary, can apply for additional Turing funding. Students should apply at least three months before their intended departure date to be to be considered for both the Global Experience Bursary and Turing grant. For final year students that may not be eligible for the Global Experience Bursary, they should get in touch with the Study Abroad Team via askUCL about whether they can still apply for Turing funding.

Think Pacific - Volunteering and Internships in Fiji and Indonesia

Think Pacific is a UK social enterprise, which works with local government partners in Fiji and Indonesia to achieve ethical, responsible and sustainable development in remote communities, whilst allowing university students to have a safe, structured and rewarding learning and volunteering experience. International volunteers live in a village and work with locals to discuss, explore and implement sustainable projects to tackle a range of social issues. Topics include public health, mental health, sports development, enterprise start up, employability and life skills.

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

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Registration and programme fees are published on Think Pacific's Costs webpage. Students are encouraged to fundraise over the course of the year to reach their targets, which Think Pacific will provide resources and guidance to assist participants with. Please note the programme fee does not cover flights. Further details can be found on Think Pacific's Cost Breakdown page.

How to apply
Students can find out more information on the application page, where they will complete a short online form. Think Pacific will then contact students for a phone call about their application and to discuss the programme in greater depth. 
Aslam Bin Norhan from Psychology and Language Sciences participated in the summer 2018 programme. Watch his testimonial below:

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Fully funded remote interships - Think Pacific also offer Remote Internships (fully online, but working on live projects with Fijian Ministries, NGO’s, social enterprises or local charities). In 2024 they have 150 fully funded places, so for more information visit their Remote Internships website and apply by 25 May. 

Watch Noah's testimony on his experience on a remote internship here.

Further information on Think Pacific can be found on their UCL-Think Pacific webpage. Students may also book onto their weekly online information sessions.

Gotoco - TEFL Volunteering

Gotoco is a social enterprise devoted to providing students with impactful and affordable global work experience and adventure travel opportunities. Gotoco is committed to promoting cultural awareness and quality English education through a variety of projects across Europe and Asia, with the aim to make international cultural exchange, travel and TEFL certification more accessible and affordable.

To find out more, watch the videos below:

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There is a £480 fee that goes towards:
•    TEFL training and certification
•    accommodation and meals during the summer camp
•    in-country support and post-programme references
•    cultural activities.

Full information regarding costs are on the Gotoco website. Students can apply for a Global Experience Bursary to support with this cost.
How to apply
Students complete an online form via the Gotoco website and may involve an interview. Final location details are usually confirmed from March-June, as this is when the summer camps confirm their teams.

For more information please visit the Gotoco websiteStudents may also book onto their online information sessions (bookable one week in advance).

Raleigh International

Raleigh International empowers young people from across the world to develop their skills and take action on the issues they care about. They do this through challenging and fun international volunteering experiences for 6-10 weeks across Costa Rica and South Africa. Raleigh has over 36 years’ experience of delivering responsible, international volunteering programmes. More than 50,000 people from over 100 countries have taken part in their programmes and initiatives.

Volunteers are supported in creating long-lasting change through hands-on projects that tackle environmental issues, improve access to water and sanitation facilities and increase access to educational facilities. Expedition teams work in remote, rural locations alongside local communities. Volunteers take part in projects focussed on finding sustainable solutions to issues such as poverty, low levels of education, food insecurity and unemployment. 
A Raleigh Expedition can help with personal development, such as confidence and mental resilience, as well as a way to develop professionally. They are also are looking for content creators and photographers to join them (21+) as Volunteer Managers - a great way to put your skills into practice and gain valuable experience!

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Raleigh International have fundraising targets that each volunteer is expected to meet. The fundraising targets include in-country training, airport transfers, project equipment, health insurance, food, and accommodation. Students arrange their own flights, visas, and vaccinations. As a charity, they encourage volunteers to fundraise for their Expedition, which can include reaching out to Trusts and Foundations that offer funding for young people to engage in international volunteering.

How to apply

Students complete an online form via the Raleigh website and then are contacted by one of their members of staff with further guidance.
For further information visit the Raleigh website. Students may also book onto their online information sessions delivered by Raleigh alumni,

Other international opportunities 

The Students' Union Volunteering Service
For students considering other local and international volunteering opportunities, the Students' Union Volunteering Service has useful advice and links to assist.
Faculty of Engineering International Development Hub - Industry Placements
The UCL ID Hub has partnered with different organisations in the sector that are offering opportunities for students to engage in real world projects and challenges. Take a look at their Placement Page for further information and contact details.
The European Forum Alpbach
The European Forum Alpbach hopes to bring together young people from Europe and from all over the world with the most innovative minds from politics, business, civil society, culture, and science to drive ideas for a strong and democratic Europe. The annual forum occurs in the summer and there are scholarhips that students can apply for via the European Forum Alpbach webpage.
The British Council
Students can find out about different international opportunities such as Generation UK's China internships and English Language Assistantships through the British Council's website.