International Volunteering

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Volunteering is not only doing something that benefits others but it is also a great way to get to know people, learn new things, gain experience in what interests you and get involved in something you care about.

International volunteering


Volunteering overseas is the ultimate form of 'travel with a purpose', providing the opportunity to meet new people, develop new skills, and have life and career-enhancing experiences.

Volunteering abroad can be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of your life and can be hugely beneficial for you and the community you visit.

Who we work with

2017-2018 we worked with two external organisations. Bucks have worked with Challenges abroad for a number of years now and after last year’s success, we have agreed to run the same trips. This is the first year we have worked with East African Playgrounds but after the great things we heard during RAG conference 2017 and the amazing opportunities they offer we had to get Bucks volunteers involved.

Challenges Abroad

An exciting fundraising Challenge, a sustainable volunteering project, and countless unforgettable experiences! Add an unparalleled level of support, where we help our students develop their skill set and grow as individuals, and you have Challenges Abroad.

This year Bucks Students’ Union worked with Challenges Aboard again to offer an international volunteering trip for you to take part in.

This trip is to Thailand, which involves working in an elephant sanctuary and supporting a hill-tribe village.



Are you a natural leader? We are also currently looking for a challenge leader for both the Thailand and the Cambodia trip. Your role would be to help us promote the trip and recruit a team, which you would then support throughout the year by offering fundraising advice and holding team meetings. In return, you would receive free leadership training and your own fundraising target could get a discount of up to 100%!

For more information on either of our trips with Challenges abroad you can email or visit the website



East African Playgrounds

It’s all about experiencing a new culture whilst giving children their childhoods through play. Weekdays volunteering at a school building a playground and weekends exploring the amazing activities on offer in Uganda. What’s not to love!



By volunteering with East African Playgrounds on the Uganda Volunteer Project you will experience four incredible weeks. Living and volunteering in a local community to help transform a community school by building an amazing new playground from start to finish with a team of trained Ugandan builders and welders. You will also assist with our creative play programme to inspire children at a school to learn, explore and develop themselves.

At the weekends, you’ll have the chance to explore the wonders of Uganda, from discovering the animals on safari to explore the mighty River Nile or taking a relaxing walk along the banks of the river on horseback ... there is something for everyone.

We are also looking for a challenge leader for the Uganda Volunteer Project. Working with East African Playgrounds and Bucks Students' Union you will be the East African Playgrounds student voice on campus. Your main role will be helping to promote the Bucks project and recruit the Bucks volunteer team for summer 2018.

For more information on our East African Playgrounds trip, you can email or visit


Volunteering Grant

Bucks Students’ Union also offer the unique option of an international volunteering grant to help you raise the funds for your trip.

For information on this grant please email