Founded in the winter of 2015, as a direct response to the negativity around ‘voluntourism’ and the ‘Gap Year’ industry, we wanted to ‘DO VOLUNTEERING DIFFERENTLY’. A charity first and foremost, we have experience working in international development for over three decades.
We have a deep passion and drive to link professional volunteers and university students to projects in Africa and India. With a core mission to drive international skills exchange and empowerment, we recognised the need of NGOs, and the skills university students can bring to them.
We work directly with universities in the UK, Europe and around the world, assisting students with their research projects, dissertation primary research, sandwich year placements and summer work-experience, volunteer placements. We link results driven NGOs, with academic students to produce quality research and programmes.
To help international projects build and grow through research, funding and sustainable development.
We work with top universities around the world to find the best student volunteers to serve the communities we support. We are driven by sustainability and development, partnering with vision focused NGOs.
We work with groundbreaking charity partners achieving incredible results in Human Rights, International Development, Child therapy and HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, Art Therapy and social work. We have tailored placements for university students in the follow core areas of study;
We connect value-driven, socially-conscious change makers, students and professionals with the opportunity to contribute to, learn from and experience frontline social work and international development in action. In this way, we believe our volunteer programmes have the potential to achieve social impact on an exponential scale as the exchange of skills, knowledge and ideas continues to spread from community to community.
Our relationships with top universities means we speak directly to university students every day, their lecturers and sit on industry link panels to advice universities on ethical study abroad placements. We pride ourselves with our unique fundraising model. We donate the highest percentage of our volunteer fess direct to our partner organisations committing to developing reliable and sustainable funding plans for our partner organisations.
“I developed Vocational Impact as a response to years of research and experience and as a response to the negativity that surrounds charity work, workers and the volunteering industry. In an industry that is unregulated, we wanted to regulate it.
We have collectively worked with charities for over 35 years in every continent in the world and we listened to their needs. We researched what motivated people to volunteer and what charities really needed from international student volunteers. I sat with founders of charities and asked what kept them awake at night, I asked what the next 5 – 10 yeas had in store for them, whether they saw improvement, development and how they were encouraging and lobbying governments for real impactful change. I was so motivated to help, and when we set up Vocational Impact, we had no idea how quickly it would grow.
NGO led skill requirements, and ambitious university students was a match made in heaven.
Within three years of launching, we increased student enquiries by 400%. We are now aiming to add another four volunteer destinations each year. We have received some of the most heartwarming feedback and life changing stories about how student’s volunteer placements changed everything. This is what motivates me every day. Hearing how a trip to South Africa, made them see the world in a different way, or a stay with our partner organisation in India, and changing their Masters degree focus from Film to Youth Work Management. This is why we keep reaching out and making connections.”