We always strive at BU to give you a wide range of options which is why we encourage students who want to volunteer to look beyond the UK too.

There are a whole host of opportunities to take part in volunteering overseas which will help you not only to broaden your skills base but also to broaden your mind as well. The links below provide a whole of host of organisations that may be able to help you.

Funding available for volunteering overseas

If you decide to undertake an opportunity abroad you might be able to benefit from funding to contribute towards some of the costs of your activity

  • BU Turing Scheme funding is available to all BU students and recent graduates undertaking mobilities globally with a duration between 4 weeks and 12 months, between September and August.
  • If you would like to know more information about the Turing Scheme funding and the eligibility and quality assessment requirements, please visit the relevant web pages or email the team at: [email protected].

For further advice

If you have any queries regarding international activities at BU, please email the Global Engagement Team at [email protected].

Want to drop-in?

Our drop-in sessions are every Monday (virtual/in-person) and Wednesday (in person) afternoons during term time. The sessions are open to all students wanting to find out about opportunities to study and work overseas during your degree and the funding available to support you

  • Mondays, 1pm - 5pm: Join us online via Microsoft Teams (MS Teams), search “BU Study and Work Overseas Drop-in” in MS Teams or access the session in MS Teams
  • Mondays, 1pm - 3pm: Visit us in person in the Careers Zone, Bournemouth Gateway Building, Lansdowne Campus. 
  • Wednesdays, 1pm - 5pm: Visit us in person at the Careers Zone, in The Hub, Poole House, Talbot Campus.
  • Outside term time – you can also arrange a meeting with the Global Engagement Team during vacations by emailing [email protected].

Opportunities around the world




Summer camps:

  • USA Summer Camp - work and travel organisation in the USA, they offer paid summer jobs to students
  • BUNAC - volunteering and summer camps in the US, Canada and Australia


Please note: All of the opportunities above have been provided in good faith and BU is not responsible for the content of the websites or any of the activities these organisations are running. Students are also responsible for any financial costs which they may incur.

When choosing a volunteer project do your research carefully to make sure the organisation/project you are intending to work with is ethical. This is particularly important when choosing wildlife volunteering projects due to numerous unethical issues that surround it.

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