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Travel, immerse yourself in a new culture, and meet new friends on a work or volunteer placement.

We have links with several ethical, responsible volunteering organizations as well as work placements. 

You will:

  • be part of a cultural exchange which fosters unique learning, understanding, equality, and respect.
  • make small contributions to existing local initiatives, guided by local people in a structure of collaboration. 
  • develop soft skills, meet like-minded people, and make a sustainable, ethical contribution. 

You will be able to apply the knowledge you have learned abroad in numerous ways, and leave the program with highly employable skills such as the ability to work as part of a team, to communicate well, and to see things from a different perspective with a deeper understanding of a different culture. 

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Play Action International — Uganda

You will spend your weekdays volunteering alongside the community in Uganda to build a playground at a local primary school with weekends off to enjoy the amazing activities on offer in Uganda. Play Action International prides themselves on providing a sustainable in-country programme that meets the needs of the community and is led by local communities. They have everything sorted, from cultural training to ensure you are responsible and respectful in country, to making the most of your experience to gain future employment. Learn more on the charity's website.

Think Pacific — Fiji

The volunteer projects are locally led in partnership with the Fijian government; you will learn to work in partnership with the local municipality, and will experience complete cultural immersion in a rural village as you live with a traditional Fijian family and work on community and local building projects. You will be able to contribute to education, youth, sports development, health, mental health promotion or building programmes during your time volunteering.

Think Pacific — Virtual Internship

We have four internships available for UWTSD students. Working in partnership with Think Pacific, you will support Fijian government ministries, businesses, and/or charities to implement the Fiji National Development Plan and UN Sustainable Development Goals. You will gain global understanding, charity sector experience, and create social impact as you help tackle international development issues and achieve real outcomes for our partners in Fiji.

What is a virtual internship? Virtual internships are internships that are completed online — or remotely — from your home. All you need is a computer, phone, and internet connection. Think Pacific will connect you with real life projects supporting communities in the Fiji islands.

Paid Work Placements