Exclusive Partnerships

This year were working to bring our members exclusive opportunities within the international development sector to offer students experience. We are currently working on developing partnerships with:

Volunteer West Africa


Volunteer West Africa is a non-ideological, non-political, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO). We finance and implement ethical and sustainable development projects in Ghana, West Africa. As one of over twenty operational, VWA development programmes, we operate the Volunteer West Africa Daycare & Nursery Centre for Vulnerable Children in the rural fishing community of Oshieye. This centre provides free education, food, healthcare, family support and social services to vulnerable pre-school-aged children but, importantly for our volunteers and UK development partners, it also acts as a hub through which we can access thousands of vulnerable children and families who require support and assistance that spans a vast array of international development disciplines and technical fields

Central to the successful operation of the centre is the involvement of our international volunteers and partners. An exciting range of class-leading, ethical volunteering programmes are available through Volunteer West Africa, which allow our volunteers to share and develop their expertise and experience and deliver real, valuable, sustainable change.

Visit us: www.volunteerwestafrica.org
Follow us on: www.facebook.com/vwavolunteerwestafrica
Connect with us on: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/110973137424287008318/+Vwa-volunteerwestafricaOrg/posts
Contact us at: www.volunteerwestafrica.org/contact

Click here to view our poster:

Volunteer West Africa Poster

Universal Learning Solutions


Universal Learning Solutions is a UK-based not-for-profit organisation whose vision is of a world where all children can read and write with confidence and enjoy their right to learn. To work towards this vision, Universal Learning Solutions work with governments, donors and educators across the developing world to deliver innovative literacy programmes using the synthetic phonics approach. In Nigeria, Universal Learning Solutions now works across 12 states and has also recently begun projects in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, India and Nepal.

Universal Learning Solutions has a small UK team based in Lancaster as well as a strong team of trainers and project managers in Nigeria. We have two exciting opportunities for students with an interest in international development and education:


Internships: Would you like to gain experience working within the international development sector with our Lancaster based team one day per week? You could be involved in a wide range of activities in the office including project support, research, project monitoring and evaluation, material development and general administration. This internship would provide an opportunity to gain valuable experience of the international development sector, specifically increasing knowledge and understanding of education projects in developing countries. All reasonable travel and lunch expenses would be covered.

Research opportunities: Are you studying education with a specific interest/focus on literacy and interested in research projects with our organisation? Our research assignments would be focused on analysing the results of the literacy assessments from one of our projects and using this analysis to evaluate the impact of the project on pupils’ literacy outcomes. These evaluations are a key part in the government’s decision on whether to extend the literacy programme across the respective country. Such research projects would be ideal for Masters or PhD students, however final year undergraduate students would also be considered. The research would be desk-based with all the necessary data being provided. There may also be opportunities to present this research at conferences and in academic journals.

For more information on either of these opportunities, please contact Katy Liundi (Katy@universallearningsolutions.org).