Student Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer with Travel Teacher during your university summer

Embarking on a volunteering abroad expedition with Travel Teacher during your degree course adds more purpose to your summer break. Students join our programs for a multitude of reasons; for education, fun, to see the world, to make an impact. Whatever the reason, students find that Travel Teachers volunteer abroad programs not only allows them to see the world but also provides invaluable career development opportunities at the same time.

We work in close partnership with Employer teams, Study Abroad Departments, Careers Centers and Individual Faculties & Course Leaders to enhance student mobility and provide opportunities for high quality international experiences through meaningful travel.

Student Volunteering Opportunities | Volunteer Abroad
 

Having the opportunity to volunteer overseas during your time at university is something that shouldn’t be passed up.  You will have the chance to reinforce the strength and meaning of your studies by developing your own transferable skills which will eventually be used in conjunction with your degree course in order to assist you in getting a job.

Volunteering in an environments that carry certain hardships is seen as an ‘real life’ experience, add the fact that you will be doing this overseas is certainly a step out of your comfort zone.


Tashana's Story - University of Exeter Student

Tashana joined a group of 20 like minded travelers and spent a month of her summer embarking on a meaningful travel expedition in Fiji with Travel Teacher. The experience turned out to be so much more than she expected…


How can you make an Impact?

Teaching and Education

Travel Teacher | Volunteer Abroad

Provide vital teaching assistance with the aim of increasing the capacity of high quality staffing resources to our primary and secondary schools.

What a wonderful opportunity to embark on an amazing challenge! The ability to embrace diverse culture and lifestyle was an eye-opening and rewarding experience.
— Joe Reynolds - Student Southampton Solent University

Sports Coaching

Travel Teacher | Volunteering in The Cook Islands

Deliver PE and sports coaching sessions to young people, promoting health, well being and active lifestyles.


Community development

Travel Teacher | Volunteer in Fiji

Support us in assisting local communities with environmental initiatives and regeneration projects, promoting sustainable development.


Benefits of Volunteering During University

Personal:

Make New Friends


Joined typically by 15-20 like-minded students / travelers. Sharing the often intense experience of volunteering in a community with very limited resources is a sure way to forge friendships with the strength to survive the test of time.

Rewarding Experience


A Volunteer expedition with Travel Teacher will be the most rewarding journey of your life. You will have the opportunity to make an impact on young people and communities faced with hardship, this will certainly be a humbling experience fueled with self fulfillment and reward.

 

Have the time of your life


You will get to experience lots of ‘firsts’ - we will expose you to authentic culture and tradition as you step off the beaten track and discover uninhibited islands, remote waterfalls and cultural landmarks.

 

Volunteer in Fiji | Travel Teacher

Feeling of accomplishment


You will overcome challenges and obstacles by displaying both physical and mental robustness. Our programs are developed with the intention of taking participants out of their comfort zone, when you look back on your time in the field you will have positive memories which you will cherish for the rest of your life.


Travel Teacher has been an absolutely once in a lifetime opportunity for me. Travel Teacher promised to take me out of my comfort zone but I didn’t realise that was possible after a 3 year teaching degree at university... I was most definitely wrong
— Tom Sedgewick - Southampton Solent University

Professional:

Team working skills


During your time abroad you will be working closely with a diverse range of people from your fellow volunteers to local teachers and staff members who will be supporting you on your project.  Your capacity to work effectively within a team environment will be recognised positively by employers.

Travel Teacher | Student Volunteering

Networking


Not only does volunteering provide the hands-on practical experience that employers value, it is also an opportunity to meet people of all ages and backgrounds from all around the world and forge professional as well as personal connections.  These connections may prove to be valuable at a later stage in your career just ask Travel Teacher’s very own Director Matt Ray.

International Experience


Employers look upon an international experience as a valuable addition to your CV. You will be recognised as an individual who has responded to challenges, been exposed to multicultural environments and displayed a sense of independence. These skills are seen as key requirements for many employers and transfer directly into the workplace, so why not standout from the crowd?

Management Skills


As a volunteer, you will almost always be put in a position of responsibility / authority. Whether this is for a small group of people or students in a classroom or a whole team.  Being able to manage effectively will support the development of your career prospects in the right direction.


Which Program Could Be For You?

Volunteer in The Cook Islands

Travel Teacher | Volunteer in The Cook Islands

At a glance

  • Summer projects
  • Volunteer in a local school and the wider community
  • Live in the heart of a Polynesian community
  • Island hopping between remote, uninhibited locations
  • Expedition group size between 10-20
  • Program fees include pre departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, daily trips / activities and 24/7 in-country support

Volunteer in Fiji

Volunteer in Fiji | Travel Teacher

At a glance

  • Summer projects
  • Volunteer in a local school
  • Live in a remote village
  • Discover authentic Fijian culture
  • Expedition group size between 10-20
  • Program fees include pre departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals, daily trips / activities and 24/7 in-country support