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Professional English & Skills Programme

Volunteering in a professional environment

Our Professional English Programme provides international English language students with the opportunity to gain volunteering experience in a retail or professional environment. You can give something back to the community, while improving your vocabulary, meeting new people and making new friends.

In the post-Brexit UK, English language students still have many opportunities available, and since 1 January 2021, all nationalities travelling to the UK holding a visit visa have been able to volunteer within a charity or voluntary sector organisation. 

 

Volunteering is permitted for all international students

The new “visit visa” (replacing the former short term study visa) gives all nationalities travelling to the UK the right to volunteer in a registered charity for up to 30 days (6 weeks) while they complete their English language course.

This is a great opportunity for international students to meet local people, practice their English conversation skills and develop new professional skills and knowledge.

 

Examples of volunteering opportunities include helping at a local charity shop, sports event or arts festival. Students with a  visit visa (replacing the short-term Study visa) can volunteer, but they cannot do ‘voluntary work’.