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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

Volunteering Opportunities

Trusted Partners

Durham University works with and promotes a limited number of international volunteering opportunities with our Trusted Partners. Our Trusted Partners have been subject to a risk assessment and due diligence process, and have considerable experience of helping students engage with international volunteering.

Play Action International

Play Action International was born out of children’s need to have a safe place to play and develop. Our programmes in Uganda began with the design and construction of playgrounds at schools, which then evolved into supporting teachers to use the playground as an educational aid and enhance learning through the integration of play within the classroom. Our playgrounds are led by community design and built by local people using local materials.

Our programmes are tailor made and designed by the communities with whom we work. Working in partnership we are able to provide a community with a programme that provides long-lasting and deep-rooted impact. In every community we work in, we ensure to include the needs of marginalised groups such as girls and, more broadly, children with disabilities.

Are you an adventurous, caring person who’s looking to make the most of your time at university? Then why not check out Play Action International’s Uganda Volunteer Project, where you can make a difference to the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children, learn new skills and experience a new culture.

One of our trusted charity partners, Play Action International are looking for volunteers to help fundraise towards and build a playground at a community school in Jinja, Uganda to benefit thousands of children over two or four weeks. If you would like to find out more information go to their website, www.playactioninternational.org/volunteer-in-uganda/

Durham University can support up to 8 students to participate in the four-week programme by covering the cost of students’ international air travel from the UK. AdditionaI nternational travel Support bursaries are available for students who are interested in the two-week programme.

Durham University has a limited number of International Travel Support Bursaries to enable students to participate in a Play Action International programme. To be eligible for a bursary, you must have a confirmed place with Play Action International, complete the application form and meet the following eligibility criteria:

Students must come from families who have a household income, as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of below £42,875 per annum. Eligibility criteria and information is available below. The Application Form can be found here Please return completed application forms to: mailto:global.internships@durham.ac.uk

Learn more about the work Play Action International does here

CADS - Volunteering Opportunity in Malaysia Summer 2022

The University has secured Turing funding to support 3 students to take up an international volunteering opportunity in Malaysia in the summer of 2022. The opportunity will take place at CADS, which is a non-profit organisation focusing on delivering services for children with special educational needs. CADS is based close to Kuala Lumpur city centre and you can learn more about the work of the centre here.

This volunteering opportunity will be available to any home undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:

Students must be home undergraduates not in their final year of study and must come from families who have a household income, as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of below £42,875 per annum. ​

Additionally, students should meet one of the following criteria:​

  • Have participated in the Supported Progression Scheme or Sutton Trust Summer School at Durham University​
  • Be from a minority ethnic group​
  • Your home address is in an area of low progression to higher education (i.e. your postcode is listed as a ‘1’ or ‘2’ in the POLAR4 column on the POLAR checking tool).​
  • You are a care-leaver (at any time) or an estranged student​
  • You have declared a disability to the University​
  • You have refugee status

Funding will cover international travel, accommodation and some of your subsistence costs. The duration of the volunteering opportunity is flexible and to be agreed with CADS, but it is expected that you will work at CADS for a minimum of 6 weeks.

Whilst the opportunity is open to any student who meets the above criteria, it will be of particular interest if you are thinking about a teaching career or working with young and vulnerable children in the future. An enhanced DBS check is required for any student prior to taking up this opportunity.

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity please attend the information webinar at 9am on Tues 7th December. Students can register for the event here: https://careers.dur.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=23991&service=Careers+Centre

Visit their website to find out more about the work of CADS at https://care4cads.my/

International Travel Support Bursary

The University has a limited number of bursaries available to assist students who are looking to undertake an international volunteering opportunity. These bursaries are available for students taking up opportunities with one of our Trusted Partners.

To be eligible for an International Travel Support Bursary you must:

  • be home undergraduates not in their final year of study and must come from families who have a household income, as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of below £42,875 per annum.

Additionally, students should meet one of the following criteria:​

  • Have participated in the Supported Progression Scheme or Sutton Trust Summer School at Durham University​
  • Be from a minority ethnic group​
  • Your home address is in an area of low progression to higher education (i.e. your postcode is listed as a ‘1’ or ‘2’ in the POLAR4 column on the POLAR checking tool).​
  • You are a care-leaver (at any time) or an estranged student​
  • You have declared a disability to the University​
  • You have refugee status

Eligibility Criteria

Students must be home undergraduates not in their final year of study and must come from families who have a household income, as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of below £42,875 per annum. ​

Additionally, students should meet one of the following criteria:​

  • Have participated in the Supported Progression Scheme or Sutton Trust Summer School at Durham University​
  • Be from a minority ethnic group​
  • Your home address is in an area of low progression to higher education (i.e. your postcode is listed as a ‘1’ or ‘2’ in the POLAR4 column on the POLAR checking tool).​
  • You are a care-leaver (at any time) or an estranged student​
  • You have declared a disability to the University​
  • You have refugee status​

For further information e-mail: global.internships@durham.ac.uk