Volunteer Overseas

Applications for the 2014 Volunteer Programme are now closed.

"My experience with the Suas Volunteer Programme has been the most rewarding of my life so far. The VP gave me the opportunity to meet and work with a huge number of incredibly inspirational people, both children and adults, as part of an experience which has forever changed the way I think of the world, global development, and myself."
-Lar Whitty, Suas Volunteer 2012

The Suas Volunteer Programme invites enthusiastic, committed young people to participate in a ten-week placement in a school or educational centre in India. Suas Volunteers work with our Partner Organisations overseas, acting as teaching assistants alongside local teachers in under-resourced communities during the summer months.

Since 2002, 847 young people have travelled to India and Kenya as part of the Suas Volunteer Programme, working alongside hundreds of local teachers and impacting the lives of thousands of children. Suas believes in the power of young people to make a positive change in the world, and the Volunteer Programme serves as a vehicle to enable young people to put their skills, talents, passion and enthusiasm to remarkable use – serving the Partners, teachers and children with whom Suas work. In addition to the hands-on placement in schools, the Volunteer Programme is about trying to get a better understanding of the world in which we live. Throughout the comprehensive pre-departure training, and central to the 10 weeks on placement, is the supported opportunity to explore development issues, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the placement, and of the world.