The University of Lincoln partners with a number of organisations that can help students find a wide variety of volunteering opportunities in various locations. These placements enable students to develop a range of skills while contributing to a great cause.
Challenges Abroad is one of the University's trusted partners, and is committed to providing ethical volunteering experiences that have a long-term impact and are mutually beneficial to both the volunteers and the communities they work in. Its partnership with the FutureSense Foundation ensures that all of its programmes deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and make a sustainable impact on the partner communities. The programmes aim to develop global citizens who are inspired to take action and make a real difference to the world.
Challenges Abroad operates in the regions of Cambodia, India, Nepal, Peru, Romania, Tanzania, and Thailand. Students can opt to join a challenge of their choice individually or as part of a group on a bespoke Lincoln challenge. In recent years, University of Lincoln students have participated in Media Literacy challenges in Peru where they worked with children from local communities to produce short animation films and trekked up Machu Picchu.
The University of Lincoln Students' Union also has a wealth of experience and extensive portfolio of overseas volunteering opportunities.
The University encourages all students to read advice on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website before embarking on any volunteering opportunity overseas.
I spent four weeks travelling around Thailand. We started in Chiang Mai, then went up to Mae-Sariang where we taught Media and Literacy to children for three weeks. To see the difference in lifestyles from just an hour apart in Thailand is eye-opening. I have never seen so much joy and happiness on a group of children’s faces. I can safely say it was more exciting, liberating, and a thousand times more rewarding than I could ever have imagined. I know it is a cliché but I feel like a new person with a very different perspective on life now. I think I’ve got the travel bug and I can’t wait to see where my next adventure takes me.
BA (Hons) Film and Television Studies
I would definitely recommend the program to others. It’s has been the most eye opening, rewarding, life changing thing that I have ever done. I’m going on a teaching course next year and to do this for two weeks has put me in a good stead. Teaching the children about how to make documentaries was amazing as they are not usually encouraged to be creative in their classes in Peru, so all of the students were engaged and excited to take part. I'd recommend this to anyone but remember that it is not a holiday - you are here to help communities so it isn't all luxury!
BA (Hons) Film and Television