Careers and Entrepreneurship

UK and online volunteering

Giving a small amount of your time is a great way to make a positive contribution and gain valuable work experience, build your confidence and develop your skills and experience

Local volunteering

National volunteering

  • – online database of volunteering opportunities. Search by postcode to find vacancies in your area
  • Volunteering England: I want to Volunteer – find your nearest volunteer centre, major organisations that place volunteers, specialist areas and more
  • Vinspired – national volunteering opportunities for 16-25 year olds. Search for opportunities, find advice in your local area, earn v Awards

Community volunteering

Find ways you can help in your area. 

Virtual volunteering

Find opportunities to volunteer for online projects.

  • Conversation Over Borders - started in Brighton and offers free one-on-one English conversation classes for asylum seekers and refugees. 
  • Studenteer - online volunteering opportunities for students and recent graduates with charities and not-for-profits.
  • UN Unified Volunteer Platform - Online - use your skills to aid global development in a number of areas, including writing & editing, outreach & advocacy, technology development, translation and more
  • Amnesty Decoders - digital volunteering to research human rights violations
  • Missing Maps - open, collaborative project to map areas of the world for humanitarian organisations to be able to help vulnerable people
  • Translation Without Borders - international development organisation offering language and translation support
  • Zooniverse - get involved in research projects across the sciences, humanities and more
  • DigiVol Institutions - list of worldwide organisations offering online research projects around plant and animal life. Includes Kew Gardens
  • ZSL Instant Wild - watch live images from all over the world and tag animals that you see. 
  • National Archives - offers a number of remote volunteering projects

International students

You can volunteer without it affecting your visa and the hours you are permitted to work.

A volunteer doesn't have an employment contract or receive payment other than travel and subsistence expenses. You do not take the place of an employee and volunteering roles are usually with charities and voluntary or public sector organisations. 

However, if you are a voluntary worker with a contact of employment, set work hours and paid in goods and services instead of money, any hours spent doing work will count towards the permitted working hours of your visa. 

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