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Volunteering can support your learning, enhance academic studies and give practical experience. It's an opportunity to learn further skills, put knowledge into practice and a great vehicle for personal development too.

It also increases your career prospects, helping to give you the “edge” over competitors in the job market. Getting used to having responsibilities as a volunteer can raise your confidence and personal esteem.

There's flexibility around when you volunteer so there's plenty of time for your studies too. The Students’ Union has an expenses policy in place which means that you will never be out of pocket whilst volunteering with us. Also, you will get the chance to meet different people and make new friends in “the real world”.

To find out about our latest volunteering opportunities, email student.involvement@solent.ac.uk



Down To Earth Farm

Southampton’s Down To Earth Farm and Education Centre are offering students an exciting opportunity for those who wish to work with animals and get involved with outdoor activities.

The farm will be hosting a ‘taster day’ on September 27th at the farm itself for anyone who would consider becoming a regular volunteer in the future.

There will be a wide range of activities on offer from working with animals to gardening, working with children and co-ordinating group activities. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience in any of those areas.

Click here to download the role description.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

 As of the 1st April 2014, Southampton Solent Students' Union became the first Students' Union in the country to hold a Duke of Edinburgh License.

The Union has bid to have awarded 60 participants by the award's 60th anniversary in 2016. To help achieve this goal, we will offer the award for free to the first 60 participants!





Solent Buddy Scheme

Are you confident? Feel you have the experience to guide and support other students?

We are looking for confident, experienced students who are willing to share their student experience with new international students in the beginning stages of them settling into a new country and University.

International Buddies are experienced students that are focused on helping all students to settle and integrate into University life. The Buddies will support international students in all aspects of getting used to a new country including the social side as well as sign posting to academic services.

If you would like a buddy before you arrive, please get in touch with the Student Involvement department using the contact information below. 

The Union will provide guidance and training to all Buddies and there are many benefits to the International Buddy Scheme:

  • Trips to explore
  • Socials to make friends
  • Sign posting experience (academic and extra curricula activities)
  • Experiencing in working with a variety of cultures


Download the Volunteering policy
Download the Volunteer expenses form

Find out more

To find out more about these opportunities, please contact the Student Involvement at student.involvement@solent.ac.uk

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