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Plan Your Gap Year

Add a Diploma to your Gap Year Experience

Here at the Centre for Global Citizenship Studies, we can offer high impact volunteer projects all over the world in conjunction with our partners. We partner with organisations that can provide a safe, structured and social platform with volunteer travel opportunities available from 1 week to 3 year programmes! The Beauty of working with us at CGCS is you can gain academic credit while volunteering with any of our Partners. Join one of our projects and receive 16 UCAS points for volunteering! Improve your CV, UNI application or just take the credits, all while making an impact.

Distinguish your University applications with field experience! Our international volunteer opportunities for teenagers are centred around experiential education--education through experience. It’s simply the best way to learn! 

By completing this course, volunteers will develop the knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand the cultural, social, political and religious impacts of volunteering

  • Understand the implications and responsibilities of local laws and the rights of the individuals in the country of your volunteer placement

  • Identify relationship issues due to workplace culture, language, workload and cultural norms

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.

 
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Kenya - The Ultimate International Volunteer Diploma Program

$4,000 USD

Work with local and international not for profits in Kenya to address problems facing local communities with an emphasis on Health and wildlife, and gain valuable experience, as well as academic credits.

Day 1:   Arrive
Day 2:   Orientation
Day 3-5:   Community Development in Nanyuki –   renovating a classroom and educational activities
Day 6:   Public Health outreach

Day 7-8:   Week trip – Lake Nakuru National Park and a visit   to Samburu Maasai village

Day 9-13:   Wildlife Conversation in Soysambu Conservancy    lion and giraffe monitoring and safari drives

Day 14:   Farewell and Departure

Mexico - The Ultimate International Volunteer Diploma Program

$3,300 USD

Work with local and international NGOs to address problems facing local communities, and gain valuable experience, as well as academic credits.
Day 1:   Arrive
Day 2:   Orientation
Day 3-5:   Community Development in Guadalajara –   renovating a classroom and educational activities
Day 6:   Public Health outreach
Day 7-8:   Week trip – yoga and surfing in San Pancho
Day 9-13:   Marine conversation in Cuyutlan– protection of   turtles, beach clean-up, patrols, community   awareness programs
Day 14:   Farewell and Departure

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Sri Lanka - The Ultimate International Volunteer Diploma Program

$3,500 USD

Work with local and international NGOs to address problems facing local communities and public health, and gain valuable experience, as well as academic credits, 16 UCAS points, and a Diploma!
Day 1:   Arrive
Day 2:   Orientation
Day 3-4:   Community Development in Panadura –   renovating a classroom and educational   activities
Day 5:   Teach Monks at a local monastery
Day 6:   Public Health outreach
Day 7-8:   Week trip – yoga and surfing in Galle
Day 9-13:   Marine conversation in Galbokka Beach –  protection of turtles, beach clean-up, patrols,   community awareness programs
Day 14:   Farewell and Departure

Galapagos Islands - The Ultimate International Volunteer Diploma Program

$4,000 USD

Gain practical social work experience as well as a Diploma in International Volunteering, whilst in one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet.
Day 1:   Arrive
Day 2:   Orientation
Day 3-5:   Community Development in San Cristobal –   renovating a classroom and educational activities
Day 6:  Public Health outreach
Day 7-8:   Week trip – speed boat to Santa Cruz and visit   Charles Darwin Research station
Day 9-13:   Wildlife Conversation in the Galapagos National   Park – protection of giant tortoises, snorkelling   with frigate birds, and control of alien plants
Day 14:   Farewell and Departure

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