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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.

Summer Volunteering & Placements

Think Pacific is a registered Fijian Charity and UK social enterprise which works in partnership with the Fijian Government to achieve ethical, responsible and sustainable development, whilst allowing students to have a self-developing and rewarding experience.

Join a team of international volunteers and live at the heart of a traditional Fijian village whilst contributing to the Fiji National Development Plan. Working alongside a local youth group to deliver a range of holistic health development aims, you will make lifelong friendships and shared memories whilst gaining global experience and developing unique skills. Learn more here

Working on behalf of a Fijian organisation, interns complete a Social Action Project that tackles real problems in the South Pacific, whilst learning about the fascinating Fijian culture and developing global citizenship.

Durham University is offering five full scholarships to enable students to participate in the Think Pacific Virtual Internship. Scholarships will cover the entire cost of the Virtual Internship Programme. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must have a confirmed place on a Virtual Internship with Think Pacific, 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. The Application Form can be found here Please return completed application forms to: mailto:global.internships@durham.ac.uk

Learn more about the exciting opportunities Think Pacific have to offer here

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.

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. 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

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 a student at Durham University
  • have a confirmed place with one of our Trusted Partners
  • come from family with a household income, as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent) of below £42,875 per annum.