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Our most frequently asked questions

Why are recognised qualifications important?

At The Centre for Global Citizenship Studies, we built our Award and Diploma courses because we feel as though people who volunteer should have the opportunity to gain a recognised academic qualification alongside their work, to assist in Uni Applications, Work applications and to open doors, wherever you go in the world.

Where can I volunteer and can you help me?

The beauty of The Centre for Global Citizenship Studies courses is the ability to fit it around your own schedule and passions. As a self-directed Online course, the Centre for Global Citizenship Studies programmes can be done at your own pace, as long as you complete it within 3 years.

Unfortunately, we cannot place or suggest a particular voluntary project for you, we can help you find your own, however! Get in touch with us to see how we can assist today!​

Will Studying the Diploma course guarantee me University/Job placement afterwards?

Ok, let's put it this way, after studying our Diploma programme with us you will have:

1. Voluntary work in a field you’re passionate about.
2. An A-Level (UK) equivalent qualification to add to your application.

3. 16 UCAS Points (UK Students)
4. Up to 10 University Academic Credits (US Students)
So we cannot guarantee anything except that your application now looks a lot better than it did!

How does the Diploma 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.

How is the Diploma Accredited/Validated?

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.

What Are the Diploma Modules?

​The Modules are as follows;

Preparing for an International Volunteering Placement - 6 Credits

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding cultural differences

  • Safeguarding and protecting children’s rights

  • Managing placement challenges

  • Project planning, delivery, and evaluation

  • Mindfulness and reflection during project placement

Planning for an International Volunteering Placement - 4 Credits

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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 is where you can specialize! - 9 Credits

Path 1: Understand the Marine Environment and Conservation
Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the fundamental terminology and concepts of marine conservation.

  • Understand marine habitats including coral reefs and the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Understand different types of marine conservation volunteering roles and their importance to conservation.

  • Understand the core knowledge and skills required to perform marine conservation volunteering activities.

  • Be able to recognise marine resource conflicts and solutions, including the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in conservation.

Path 2: Understand Conservation Biology and the Environment (Wildlife Conservation)
Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the fundamental terminology and concepts of ecological systems and the biosphere.

  • Understand habitats and their associated species.

  • Understand the human impact on terrestrial systems and the importance of defining and reaching sustainable practices.

  • Be able to develop core knowledge and skills required to perform conservation volunteering activities.

  • Be able to recognise resources conflicts and current approaches to solutions including the effectiveness of habitat management in conservation.

Path 3: Understand Global Citizenship
Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to define and explain the concept of global citizenship and its significance in contemporary society.

  • Understanding the complex and interconnected issues facing our world, including poverty, inequality, climate change, and human rights.

  • Understand the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their role in promoting sustainable and equitable development.

  • Be able to develop intercultural competence and communication skills.

  • Understand how to effect positive social and environmental change by acting as a global citizen, both in local communities and on a global scale.

Undertaking your International Volunteering Placement - 20 Credits

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participation in your volunteer placement

  • Understanding the culture of your community

  • Reviewing and evaluating key personal targets

  • Completion of a community research project

Evaluating your International Volunteering Placement - 2 Credits

Learning Outcomes:

  • Reflecting on your volunteer placement

  • Effective responses to global issues

  • Evaluating project design

Whats the next steps?

Tell us your story, get in touch and let's see how we can help you, and in turn do our bit for a more sustainable world.

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