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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

Please find information on our international volunteering partners and their respective offerings below.

If students are accepted onto one of the programmes below, they may be eligible for funding via the Turing Scheme. If so, Study Abroad will contact students directly after their place has been confirmed by the relevant providers to provide information on funding available and the next steps required.

Students should also apply to any of the relevant UCL Short Term Mobility Bursaries to help with the costs associated with the programmes.

Think Pacific - Volunteering in Fiji

Think Pacific is a UK social enterprise and registered Fijian charity, which works with local government partners to achieve ethical, responsible and sustainable development in remote Fijian communities, whilst allowing university students to have a safe, structured and rewarding learning and volunteering experience.

International volunteers live in a Fijian village, experience challenges, teamwork and cultural differences and work side-by-side with Fijian youths 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 which achieve the aims of Fiji’s National Development Plan.

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

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Costs

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. 

Testimonial

Aslam Bin Norhan from Psychology and Language Sciences participated in the summer 2018 programme. Watch his testimonial below:

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Further information on Think Pacific can be found on their Expedition Overview webpage.

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 make international cultural exchange, travel and TEFL certification more accessible and affordable.

To find out more, watch the videos below:

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Costs

There are no fees to participate however students are expected to cover their own travel and visa costs. Accommodation and food are provided by the camps, and TEFL certification is fully funded. Full information regarding costs are on the Gotoco website.

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 website.

Raleigh International

Raleigh empowers young people with the skills, experience, and connections to be leaders of change through their international volunteering programmes. Raleigh are currently running expeditions for 4-10 weeks in Costa Rica.

Volunteers are supported in creating long-lasting change through hands-on projects in 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.

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.

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Costs

As a charity, Raleigh talk about fundraising rather than costs and encourage everyone to do some fundraising for their Expedition. There are also several Trusts and Foundations that offer funding for young people to engage in international volunteering

Visit Raleigh's Fundraising targets webpage for further information on the amounts required for different programmes. The fundraising targets include in-country training, airport transfers, project equipment, health insurance, food, and accommodation. Students arrange their own flights, visas, and vaccinations.

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 more information please visit the Raleigh website.


Other international opportunities 

The Students' Union Volunteering Service
For students considering other international volunteering opportunities, the Students' Union Volunteering Service has useful advice and links to assist.
 
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.