Suas International

The Suas Volunteer Programme 2020 was severely disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We cancelled the deployment of volunteers to India and Zambia but the programme has continued in an amended fashion.

Our volunteers are taking part in 3 distinct areas of the programme:

  • Volunteering at a distance on action projects for our partners in India, Kenya and Zambia.
  • Volunteering with Age Action Ireland to help support older people access technology.
  • Taking part in the Global Perspectives strand of the programme. i.e. 6 weeks of online webinars on development education

We wish to thank all of our volunteers, donors and supporters for your understanding and patience with us over the past few months.

We will continue to monitor the situation very closely, and keep you all updated on the Suas Volunteer Programme 2021.

If you would like to support our COVID-19 CRISIS APPEAL:

In India, Kenya and Zambia…

millions of children are deprived of literacy through no fault of their own – a lack of resources, overcrowded classes, and lack of quality training for teachers.
We’re on a mission to change this.

We go where the need is great.


We work with partner organisations in some of the most disadvantaged and under resourced communities in Kolkata and the Sundarbans. Our partners run non-formal education programmes to reach children who aren’t attending government schools – because they are the first generation in their families to receive education, and because they are at high risk of early marriage and child labour. We’re on a mission to change that.


We work with children in a slum area called Kangemi – home to over 100,000 of Kenya’s most disadvantaged people. Children in Kangemi face a number of challenges – poor sanitation, a lack of clean water, few health services and a desperate need for education.


We work in some of the most disadvantaged and under resourced schools in Zambia. Girls and boys are being taught in bare rooms with little or no resources. Teachers struggle with classes of 100 or more schoolchildren. Literacy rates amongst Zambian schoolchildren are low – especially for girls. We’re on a mission to change that.

Volunteer roles in India, Kenya and Zambia

Become a teaching assistant

Since 2002 the Suas has trained and sent over 1,100 young people to India, Kenya and Zambia to work alongside our partner schools and organisations as teaching assistants. Our volunteers come from a wide range of disciplines with many going on to use the skills and experiences they’ve gained to enhance their careers and to continue making positive social change.

Become a coordinator

The Suas International Volunteer Coordinator role is a rewarding, fantastic way for you to develop your leadership and teamwork skills. As a Coordinator, you’ll manage a diverse young team of volunteers, work with inspiring staff and develop skills within challenging environments in India and Zambia.
Coordinators attend three specially tailored Preparation Weekends – receiving training in areas such as leadership, conflict resolution and team development from Suas experts. You will then lead teams of Suas Volunteers on placement for six or ten weeks during the summer.

You can make a difference
in a child’s life

Our work with children in disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Zambia and India is funded by the generosity of people like you. You can support us on our mission to transform the lives of children by providing a monthly or once-off donation.

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