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Volunteering abroad

Become a global citizen through volunteering

Royal Holloway Volunteering has a growing network of Volunteering Abroad organisations, giving students the opportunity to support excellent, ethical causes across the globe. Volunteering abroad can be a fantastic way of developing your skills and passions in a whole new environment, and Royal Holloway Volunteering only works with UK based organisations that behave in accordance with this ethos. 

Royal Holloway Volunteering wants to ensure that volunteers are operating in a safe environment, and that the work done will be beneficial for volunteers and the communities they are working in. We do not engage in “voluntourism” or other practises that exploit volunteers or international communities.

The Turing Scheme

Royal Holloway is partnering with Challenges Abroad to offer funded opportunities to students for Summer 2022. More information to follow.

Read official announcement.

Why get involved?

For students

Volunteering Abroad is a great way of developing your skills while making an impact and exploring more of the world. Most of our volunteering opportunities take place over the summer break, meaning the time away will not impact your study schedule. Over the course of the year you may be required to fundraise for your trip, and our volunteering abroad partners are here to help you hit your targets. 

For volunteering abroad organisations

: If you are interested in advertising your opportunities with Royal Holloway students, or forming a partnership with the Volunteering department, then you can sign up as a partner with us online

Please note that as part of our ongoing commitment to the ReThink: Orphanages campaign, we will not partner with organisations that promote, manage or support orphanage volunteering. We are also unable to support construction projects and initiatives. For legal reasons, we are unable to promote opportunities by organisations that are not registered UK charities.


How can you get involved?


For students

 Students interested in volunteering can find volunteering abroad opportunities offered by our current community partners by joining our online system.

For volunteer abroad organisations

Charities that wish to advertise their volunteering opportunities by becoming a community partner can register online. If you have any questions about the application process, please email volunteering@royalholloway.ac.uk

Who are our current partners? 

Challenges Abroad

 A long-time partner of Royal Holloway Volunteering, Challenges Abroad supports projects all over the world. Through Challenges Abroad students have visited educational projects in India, Thailand, Romania and Peru.

Think Pacific

Think Pacific is a UK charity that organises sport and education based trips to Fiji each year. Working closely with the Fijian government to ensure their projects are responsible and sustainable.

East African Playgrounds

East African Playgrounds is a UK charity that promotes the importance of play for all children, and work primarily in Uganda. olunteers will be supporting local Ugandan workers to develop playgrounds for young people.