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Volunteering Opportunities

Global Opportunities is committed to offering students the opportunity to complete a volunteering placement during their time at Cardiff Met.  Below you will find information on companies that we work closely with. ​

Challenges Abroad

Challenges Abroad operate in 6 locations across the world, each of their hubs being managed by their own staff, who are made up of both international and local individuals. With the FutureSense Foundation at the very heart of everything Challenges Abroad do, they believe students develop a greater awareness of global development issues allowing you to grow as global citizens.

As a social enterprise they are committed to providing ethical volunteer experiences that have a long-term impact and are mutually beneficial to both their volunteers and the communities where they work.

Challenges Abroad offer a range of exciting and sustainable projects to match any skill set or interest. You will be able to choose a programme that complements your area of study/expertise or opt for something completely different. Either way they will get you out of your comfort zone and help you grow as an individual!

Interested in completing projects in  South Korea, Panama, Tanzania or Thailand, please take a look at the following page for more information: - Challenges Abroad

Play Action International

Play Action International was founded in 2009 as East African Playgrounds, which remains the name of their sister organisation in Uganda.

PAI were founded on the fervent desire for children to have access to their right to play. Though children play across the world, the number of spaces dedicated solely to play varies enormously from country to country. After spending time in East Africa and noticing these disparities and the impact that lack of play was having on children and communities there, founders Tom and Carla constructed the very first playground at Walakuba West Primary School in Uganda.

Brand new for 2023, PAI , is giving you the chance to go out to their brand new compound in Kenya for 10 days to build a exciting playground at a nearby primary school, as well as explore the beautiful country of Kenya. As an ethical, affordable trip, it is the perfect opportunity to have the summer of a lifetime!

Interested in completing a one month volunteering placement in Uganda or Kenya, supporting local communities through the act of play.  Please take a look at the following page for more information: - Play Action International   

Think Pacific

Think Pacific was launched by Simon and Harry. Two students who taught in rural primary schools in Fiji in the early 2000's. They fell in love with the culture, customs and people of Fiji. Think Pacific is purposefully small, ethical, personal and in direct partnership with the Fijian Ministry. 

Think Pacific's projects have a sustainable impact and their volunteers leave Fiji with a second family and as a valued member of the community.  If you're passionate about making a difference in the world with adventurous and like-minded people, then Think Pacific could be the perfect match for you.

Interested in completing a one month volunteering placement in Fiji or Bali, supporting local communities through the act of play.  Please take a look at the following page for more information: - Think Pacific


Travelteer brings an innovative concept that is at the forefront of responsible travel and ethical volunteering. They understand the importance of utilising volunteers' skill-sets to provide support for their programmes in Sri Lanka and Nepal and using their unique model they can offer volunteers access to their programmes with 100% of the money fundraised going directly to the cause. Not only does Travelteer offer life changing volunteering, but the opportunity to explore and travel!

Travelteer strips away the often-misleading jargon to offer an ethical, affordable, transparent service that offers high-impact volunteering with the opportunity to go on an adventure! They are partnered with government authorities & NGOs in placement destinations to create programmes that operate at a local level whilst having an impact nationally. Their programmes are designed to fully engage volunteers and ensure their skills are utilised to maximise benefits for both the volunteer and the projects.

Interested in completing a two week volunteering placement in Sri Lanka, Nepal or Costa Rica, supporting local communities.  Please take a look at the following page for more information: - Travelteer