We offer three services that provide universities with the support they need to enable their students to gain valuable experience volunteering overseas, including placement preparation, 6-8 week summer placements and a full year in industry with an international partner. 

Why International Service?

Our student placement support has three core aims:

  • To facilitate robust international development placements for undergraduate, masters and PhD students studying on courses relevant to our work; 
  • To contribute to long-term development impact in local communities and through project partners in our countries of operation; 
  • To offer opportunities for personal and professional growth for individual students through structured placements with our local partners overseas.  

With seven years’ experience in facilitating safe and fulfilling youth volunteering placements, we can offer your students the support they need to have meaningful international placements. We offer three packages that can be tailored to your specific needs.

Placement Prep

Our Placement Prep is a one-day training programme for students preparing to go on a work or volunteer placement anywhere in the world, for any duration.

Some universities also have overseas placements they deliver internally or in partnership with others, so our Placement Prep is a general overview that can function as a stand-alone training session, giving your students a basic understanding of what to expect and how to stay safe.

The core components of the day, delivered by international development and security experts, include:

  • Culture;
  • Communication;
  • Safety and Security;
  • Resilience and stress management.

All sessions can be delivered on your campus.

The cost for Placement Prep includes:

  • Training delivered by our international development and safety and security experts;
  • All materials and resources used on the day.

Cost: £1299 +VAT and travel costs, for up to 30 students.

Summer placements

For students looking for a short-term overseas placement option, we offer 6-8 week summer placements in one of our countries of operation. Our summer placements include Placement Prep, orientation in-country, accommodation in a local host family's home, two meals a day and 24 hour emergency support from our in-country team. Teams of students volunteer with locally-based projects led by our partner organisations and spend 6-8 weeks contributing to longer-term development projects. Summer placements are funded by the students themselves, with International Service staff on hand to support with fundraising advice.

Find full details of our 2019 opportunity here.

Fundraising Commitment: £1995

A Year in International Service

As a more meaningful alternative to students seeking to undertake a year in industry to gain valuable work experience, we match international development students, or those studying a relevant degree subject (undergraduate or postgraduate) to an appropriate year-long placement that will allow them to develop their skills whilst contributing to the long-term development impact of our local partner organisations. We deliver comprehensive training to ensure students are fully prepared before travelling overseas, with a focus on safeguarding and security. Our package also includes airport arrival meeting, local orientation, and introduction to the hosting partner organisation with whom the students will be working. The cost of the placement also includes international flights, accommodation in a local host family's home, two meals a day, and 24 hour emergency support from our in-country team.

A Year in International Service offers students the best chance of a successful placement. A Year in International Service enables students to increase their employability through the development of technical skills and practical experience. Meanwhile universities can feel reassured that their students have been given the information and training they need to make better choices, integrate more fully and reduce risk during their time overseas.

These students return home having made a difference, and with an array of new skills they developed on the ground.


If you are interested in any of our international placement packages and how we can work with you to deliver meaningful placements for your students, give us a call on 01904 647799, or email: [email protected]