Summer Volunteering Abroad

International volunteering offers you a chance to help support a cause you feel passionate about and can be a highly rewarding experience.

Think Pacific: Volunteer in Fiji

Think Pacific is a social enterprise and international charity that was born out of the University of Leeds in 2009 by alumni. 

Through Think Pacific you have the opportunity to join a volunteer expedition in Fiji to work on sustainable development projects in partnership with the Fijian Government where you will be working with local communities and organisations and can choose from projects across a range of sectors, or intern in Bali.

For more information, please visit the Think Pacific website and contact the Volunteering Team. 

Gryphons Abroad

Gryphons Abroad is an international development project in South Africa delivered with Leeds Sport. The project engages young people in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal in a programme of cycling, sport, leadership & education. The project has aspiration, cultural & global awareness and employability for both UK students and South African pupils at its heart and you’ll develop a range of skills which will set you apart when you leave University.

The Gryphons Abroad project has three aspects:

1. Cycle Hubs
2. Sport & Leadership
3. Cultural exchange

To become team members, students are required to fundraise which covers the costs associated with the trip along with a contribution to the project costs, for example the cost of setting up the cycling hub. Fundraising is a challenge in itself, but support is available to help you achieve this.

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Eligibility criteria:

  • Open to all students studying any degree programme at any level (including finalists and postgraduates)

  • You must be available for the full duration of the programme as well as the training which runs in the lead up to the trip

  • You do not need previous experience of teaching, coaching, sport or cycling as full training will be provided

For more information, please visit the Gryphons Abroad programme website.