The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.



SERVE is a development and volunteering organisation committed to tackling poverty in the majority world. We strive to do this by working in solidarity, service and partnership with marginalised and oppressed communities, empowering them to tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice. SERVE focuses specifically on programmes and projects that help communities enhance the lives of children and young people and recognises that gender equality is pivotal to achieving justice, equality and sustainable development.

SERVE offers short-term volunteering options in the Philippines, India, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia.

1. Overseas Volunteering Programme: This programme is open to individual applicants, from which groups of 10-12 people will be formed, and the different groups are then assigned to one of our volunteer programme countries. The overseas projects run for four weeks between June and August each year. The SERVE recruitment process (Open Days and Interviews) begins each year in October, with successful applicants attending three training days between January and June before undertaking the overseas volunteer placement during the summer.

2. Solidarity Programme: This is a tailored short-term overseas programme for established groups of young adults, communities or parishes. This programme will involve a 2-week overseas volunteering project and is available on request, at different times of the year, suitable to the needs of the group and to SERVE’s overseas partners. This programme is suitable to an established community group that may be looking to expand its focus and to create a new programme for their members. SERVE works with individuals and groups across different faith backgrounds to encourage solidarity, diversity and understanding. This programme includes: publicising the project, information evenings, recruitment and selection of the volunteers, pre-departure training, post-project evaluation, establishment of local services and formation of a local Solidarity Group.

3. School Immersion Programme: Tailored short-term overseas school immersion programmes for school groups to encourage students to be active global citizens. The experience enables the students to witness the harsh reality of poverty while living in solidarity with families and communities in the developing world. This programme includes: publicising the project around the school, parent information evenings, recruitment and selection of the volunteers, pre-departure training, post-project evaluation and establishment of SERVE club in school.


Please note:
New volunteering opportunities should be entered through the student volunteer website. You can still view your previously entered opportunities here.