Since 2003 over 600 student volunteers have taken part in international projects through InterVol and our partner charities in developing countries. Our volunteers have provided more than 100,000 hours of hard work in developing countries, focusing on education, conservation and community development projects. Our volunteers have also raised over £250,000 of grant funding during this time which has gone directly to our partner charities overseas.
InterVol is in place to give a sustainable, transparent and ethical structure to connect young people in the United Kingdom with trustworthy, community-owned projects in the developing world. We want to make international volunteering projects accessible, affordable and rewarding for students. We maximise the long-term impact that young volunteers can make by focusing on initiatives that build the capacity of non-governmental organisations and communities and require specific skills that our volunteers can contribute.
InterVol runs a selection process each year to find volunteers who have the enthusiasm and ability to succeed on an international project. Volunteers financially contribute for their own travel, insurance, training and accommodation expenses. Each team has a fundraising target to cover the costs of their main project objective. All of these funds are spent on the project itself. InterVol is run entirely by volunteers to keep costs low. InterVol is not a ‘voluntourism’ organisation and does not support volunteering in orphanages, our projects are designed hand-in-hand with local partners and with the long-term needs of beneficiaries, partner charities and communities in mind.
InterVol was founded at the University of Birmingham and has expanded to have groups at Imperial College London, Lancaster University, the University of Nottingham and Oxford Brookes University.
Student Volunteering Overseas Partnership (SVOP)
Around the time that InterVol was established in 2003 a new partnership of student-led international volunteering organisations from around the UK came together to share their knowledge and learn from each other.
InterVol was one of the founding partners of the Student Volunteering Overseas Partnership (SVOP) which has now been bringing together student-led international volunteering organisations in the UK for over a decade. SVOP uses annual conferences to share best practices in the field of international volunteering and the charities also group together for organisational liability and emergency assistance insurance.
The core members of SVOP are InterVol, Oxford Development Abroad (Oxford University), Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad (Bristol University), Student Volunteers Abroad (Glasgow University), Strathclyde International Development (Strathclyde University) and Edinburgh Global Projects (Edinburgh University).
The 2018 SVOP Conference was hosted by InterVol’s Project Nepal team at Imperial College London. Please see the SVOP Facebook page for more information.
Photo: Nepal 2013 project with PSD Nepal, extra-curricular games with local schoolchildren, by Faheem Hussain.