Global Village

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We're looking for a passionate student to be the Global Village Coordinator in 2017.

The Global Village Coordinator manages all aspects of the Global Village program; recruiting teams of UNSW student volunteers and facilitating their visit to a developing community overseas, where they will engage in community projects and cultural exchange activities.

The Global Village Student Coordinator determines the communities that will be visited and organises activities to be undertaken whilst there, coordinates travel arrangements, facilitates fundraising and supports volunteers.

If this sounds like you, and you enjoy working in a fun, friendly, student environment, then apply now, we’ve been waiting for you!


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Reach out. The world is our family

Run each semester, this initiative sends students to communities in developing nations to lend a helping hand in a local project. From building houses to teaching at local schools, it’s a great way to immerse yourself in a culture, have fun, make friends for life, and sight see. 

There are better ways to find yourself than by watching Eat, Pray, Love. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience that will be a space for personal, social and mental growth. 


So what is Global Village?

Global Village is an Arc Student Development Program that offers UNSW students the opportunity to volunteer their time during uni breaks in a variety of communities within developing countries. In the last five years, Global Village volunteers have helped in countries including India, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Fiji, Nepal, Vanuatu, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, and more. 2016 promises to be another fantastic year with some amazing new trips planned, as well as some wonderful opportunities to continue our existing relationships with communities that we have previously supported. Our volunteers work in a diverse range of fields including education, construction, community development, health care, animal conservation and more.

Global Village carefully selects the organisations that we partner with and so you can be assured that your time is going to communities that really need your help, rather than partaking in any form of voluntourism. We place strong emphasis on the community’s needs, as well as the organisation’s transparency.

Have any questions? Please email globalvillage@arc.unsw.edu.au


Why Volunteer?

Global Village provides students the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to a developing community
  • Bond with a group of like minded people from your uni
  • Develop fundraising skills and learn how to improve sustainable volunteering
  • Develop leadership skills through the team leader program
  • Travel overseas and experience a new culture

Whilst the focus of all of our trips is on the volunteering, there is definitely plenty of time for fun as well! We make the most of the time overseas by getting to know the locals, absorbing the culture, taking the opportunity to travel and take in the sights.


Where are we going?

In the 2016 end of year break we are planning on running trips to the following countries. Click on the countries below to found out the organisation you would be partnering with, and the information from the mid year trips:


Interested? Get involved

Intake/ Early each semester

Time commitment/ Medium



Most Recent!

Cambodia Trip

Pictured is our Cambodia team and some of the students at the Restore One primary school. Whilst in Cambodia, the team taught at the primary school, constructed some of the classrooms at the new, soon-to-be-opened High School, helped set up a pop-up-shop for the villagers and assisted at Restore Rose classes where women are taught about health and sanitation. The team also got to help buy sewing machines for a new project that Restore One is initiating to help young girls stay in school and avoid the threat of the child sex trafficking industry in Cambodia. They bought tiles for a family’s home to improve their living conditions in their slum community, learnt about a number of other organisations in Cambodia and the work that they do through inter-agency support and even got to spend a night living with the locals in the village – cooking for them, staying at their homes, showering in the well and more.

All of our trips had an amazing time and we can’t wait to update you on more of the great work done by all our teams soon J

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