Academic Credit for Volunteering Abroad
We've created a new fully accredited International Volunteering Diploma. That means you can gain academic credit while volunteering with Projects Abroad. Join one of our projects and receive 16 UCAS points for volunteering! Improve your CV while making an impact
We’ve formed a partnership with the Centre for Global Citizenship Studies (CGCS), experts and specialists in the international development field. Together, we’ve designed a bespoke, fully accredited Level 3 International Volunteering Diploma, especially for Projects Abroad volunteers!
Distinguish your University applications with field experience! Our international volunteer opportunities for teenagers are centred around experiential education--education through experience. It’s simply the best way to learn!
By completing this course, volunteers will develop the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the cultural, social, political and religious impacts of volunteering
- Understand the implications and responsibilities of local laws and the rights of the individuals in the country of your volunteer placement
- Identify relationship issues due to workplace culture, language, workload and cultural norms
How does it work?
The Diploma is split into five modules. Three of which are done before you start your project, one on your project and the fifth and final when you return home. You can do each module at your own pace and since it's all online you can fit the learning around your schedule. We've also made the course interactive so you can engage with other volunteers who are doing the course at the same time as you.
The course costs £550. All your assessments are reviewed by external examiners, meeting the criteria required by the UK's Department of Education.
How can I transfer my academic credit?
The International Volunteering Diploma is a level 3 diploma, accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN) in the UK. While the course is based in the UK, all credits are transferable internationally regardless of where you are from and what university or college you attend.
The NOCN Level 3 Diploma in International Volunteering is a 41 credit (TQT) of 410, including 173 Guided Learning Hours (GLH). In the UK, it is the equivalent of 16 UCAS points. In Europe, this qualification would equal 20-21 academic credits. In the US, this qualification would be equal to 10 academic credits.
- MODULE 1 - Preparing for an International Volunteering Placement - 6 Credits
- Understanding cultural differences
- Safeguarding and protecting children’s rights
- Managing placement challenges
- Project planning, delivery, and evaluation
- Mindfulness and reflection during project placement
- MODULE 2 - Planning for an International Volunteering Placement - 4 Credits
- Understanding your own motivations
- Understanding skills relevant to international volunteering
- Developing a placement plan
- Presenting a placement plan
- Participation in a small-scale local community project
- MODULE 3 - Fundraising for an International Volunteering Placement - 9 Credits
- Understanding the components of a fundraising strategy
- Developing a fundraising strategy
- Implementing a fundraising strategy
- Evaluating the efficacy of a fundraising strategy
- MODULE 4 - Undertaking your International Volunteering Placement - 20 Credits
- Participation in your volunteer placement
- Understanding the culture of your community
- Reviewing and evaluating key personal targets
- Completion of community research project
- MODULE 5 - Evaluating your International Volunteering Placement - 2 Credits
- Reflecting on your volunteer placement
- Effective responses to global issues
- Evaluating project design