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Volunteer

UWC relies on the passion and commitment of more than 3,000 volunteers worldwide. Whether you are a UWC alumni looking to give back to the UWC movement, a like-minded human with a desire to contribute to the UWC mission, or a recent graduate looking to gain some valuable work experience, there are plenty of ways for you to get involved as a volunteer!

Volunteer with a UWC national committee 

Most of the UWC national committees across the world are run by volunteers. You are more than welcome to get in touch with the national committee that selected you as a UWC student, or the one operating in the country where you currently live in. Get in touch with them: you can find their contact details here.

Volunteer with a UWC school or college 

Many UWC schools and colleges welcome volunteers that can help in various capacities across a variety of functions. Recent graduates are welcomed at many UWC schools and colleges for a year of volunteer work. UWC alumni and other UWC community members with specific professional experience can contribute in a variety of ways to the work and development of the UWC schools and colleges. To learn about volunteer opportunities, get in touch with the schools/colleges: you can find their contact details here.

Volunteer with UWC International 

UWC International’s main office is based in London, UK, and is continuously looking to identify volunteers who are interested in supporting its work and being engaged in UWC’s global activities. Our volunteers come from all sorts of backgrounds and can help with everything we do, depending on interest, need and capacity. Volunteers at UWC International included current students who wish to gain some work experience to seasoned professionals who want to give their specific expertise and skills to further UWC’s work and mission.

The UWC International office is composed of four main teams each of which are happy to welcome volunteers:

  • National Committee & School and College Development Team, which liaises with members of all national committees, schools and colleges on a daily basis to support them in terms of development and strategy;
  • Communications & Engagement Team, which is responsible for all internal and external communications, as well as for engaging the whole UWC community with a particular focus on the almost 60,000 alumni worldwide. The team is also in-charge of developing and nurturing UWC International’s strategic partnerships with other organisations promoting education for peace and sustainability;
  • Fundraising Team, which manages Major Gifts partnerships at a global level, researches and develops funding opportunities, and collaborates with the advancement teams at all schools and colleges;
  • Finance and Administration Team, which is responsible for financial and administrative operations, alongside office management.

UWC is most grateful for the help of its volunteers worldwide to achieve its mission - and is also committed to ensure that when working with UWC volunteers strengthen valuable professional skills, organisational understanding and of course have an inspiring time. Therefore, you will be able to set your own preferred developmental goals with your line manager and we will provide references after successful completion of your time with UWC International.

Should your work with UWC International be part of an an internship scheme (for example to fulfil university requirements) it can be adjusted depending on your needs and wishes. In case you are able to bring internship funding for example through university matching schemes, UWC International will be able to contribute to the scheme.

Our ideal candidates would show all or most of the following attributes

  • Approach all tasks with enthusiasm and drive
  • Passionate about the UWC movement and share that passion with others and show it in their work
  • Ability to work in a very multicultural work environment and able to engage with people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives
  • Willingness to get stuck in and adapt to what needs doing, and approach the work with an open mind and a willingness to learn
  • Being able to work with others, whether volunteers, staff or beneficiaries. Being an approachable, friendly and cooperative person is important in an organisation that works with many counterparts
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism and organization in all aspects of your work
  • Very good verbal and written communication skills in English

What we offer

  • Being part of a global organisation at the forefront of international education for peace, at its head office in the centre of London
  • Hands-on experience in a stimulating and multicultural working environment, with excellent learning opportunities to strengthen valuable professional skills
  • Direct contact with UWC constituents, leading individuals from around the UWC movement and thought leaders in the field of intercultural education
  • Opportunity to to meet and socialise with UWC alumni and like minded peers from all around the world during UWC events
  • Opportunity to gain deeper insight into the work of the UWC movement across all players
  • References upon successful completion of your work at UWC International.

Practical Arrangements

UWC International recruits volunteer on an ongoing basis and volunteer opportunities would normally last 2-3 months or longer, 2-3 days/week with flexible hours.

UWC International offers its volunteers lunch vouchers and compensation for travel on public transport within the London Oyster zone.

Unfortunately, UWC International is not able to provide visas for nationals from outside the EU or EEA, and all applicants must be able to show that they have the right to do voluntary work in the UK for the duration of the commitment.

How to apply

Please send your application including your CV, a cover letter expressing your interest, the skills you would bring and your availability (max. 2 pages A4), as well as the names of at least two referees to hr@uwcio.uwc.org.

On your CV please state if you are interested in a certain area of work, for example if you would like to volunteer within communications then please state this in your application. CVs will then be sent to the concerned department to see if a placement is available at the time. Following a selection based on the written application, candidates will be interviewed, providing them with the opportunity to meet the people at UWC International and to assess their suitability to the role.

If a placement is not available at the time your application is sent, we will keep your application on file and will contact you should the requirement for volunteers arise.