Jump in to Volunteering at Queen’s
Volunteer SU had some great advice for any Queen’s students who want to get involved in volunteering – and earn their Degree Plus award in the process.
Here is Margarita from Volunteer SU with a quick recap.
Are you ready to jump in and make a difference?
Handy Helpers at Volunteer SU
Handy Helpers programme at Queen’s is all about getting stuck in an making a difference in the community, whether it’s through community gardening or reimagining shared community spaces.
The best bit? Your hard work will be rewarded with Degree Plus accreditation – meaning you’ll get an extra certificate at graduation in recognition of the skills you’ve developed.
To earn Degree Plus you’ll need to:
Attend 7 volunteering activities
Complete 2 training sessions
Write a 500-word blog reflecting on the experience.
The government have written this guide to your rights as a volunteer in the UK
Find paid work in the voluntary sector Community NI
These are just a few of the many sites that will help you find volunteering opportunities abroad:
- International Voluntary Service
- Projects abroad- also offers a programme to do your university dissertation abroad.
- The British Council website lists a number of opportunities to work and volunteer overseas
- Worldwide Volunteering
- Year Out Group- a group of organisations who sign up to a code of practice for running voluntary and work experience programmes abroad (not just full years out)
- BUNAC– voluntary and paid work opportunities throughout the world
- CCUSA– voluntary and paid work opportunities throughout the world
Idealist.org– have lots of useful information for those considering international volunteering, including this discussion about the ethics of international volunteering and a list of questions to ask sending and hosting organisations.