Our Volunteering Programme provides international visitors 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, short-term visitors 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.
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) over the 6 month period the visit visa covers.
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’.