Become a CHOP college rep!

One thing that many people are struck by when they arrive in Cambridge is how prevalent homelessness is
here. Cambridge Homeless Outreach Programme (CHOP) is a student society which works to provide
students with opportunities to fundraise, volunteer and support the homeless community in the city. CHOP is
recruiting college reps to promote events in each college and run their own mini events, such as collections
and bake sales. If you’re interested please email no later than Wednesday 17th October
briefly explaining why you’d like to be a rep for St John’s. You may also like to come to our Freshers Squash on Tuesday 9th October, Pembroke College New Common Room, 7-8pm where representatives from five local homeless charities will be talking about what they do and how you can get involved!

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CHOP volunteering opportunity and toiletries collection

The Cambridge Homeless Outreach Programme (CHOP) have two opportunities to get involved to support the local homeless community on Tuesday 1st May. The first is to help out with the Cambridge Cyrenians allotment project on Elfleda Road: sign up here if you’d like to spare an hour or two between 10am-2pm to get involved (Facebook event here). The second is a toiletries collection for Wintercomfort: bring your donations of soap, shower gel, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste etc. to the Old Divinity School between 3-5.30pm, where we’ll be alongside the JCR charity clothes sale for Jimmy’s – so you can support two wonderful homelessness charities at once. Facebook event here.

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Summer opportunity with a children’s charity

Lauriston Lights targets high-ability 11 year-old children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This demographic receives very little specific support from the government, so it’s up to voluntary organisations to help them hone their abilities. Over a two-week summer camp, with your help, these children find the confidence and skills needed to let them thrive in secondary school and beyond. 

The camps are entirely operated by current university undergraduates, on a voluntary basis, and approximately 40-50 mentors are needed to volunteer this August in London and Oxford. The final deadline is Friday 24th March.

More info can be found HERE, a promotional video can be found HERE and the application form can be found HERE

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Cambridge Summer Teachers

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Want to teach abroad this summer?  Want a trip to Kenya or China?

Cambridge Summer Teachers are recruiting staff for their summer schools in Nairobi, Kenya and Shanghai, China.  

Each summer school is 2-3 weeks long.  Candidates should be available in July.  Flights, meals, accommodation and trips included.

Undergraduates, graduates, PhD students – all are welcome to apply.  We are looking for a mixture of experiences.

Applications close on 20th April.  For more details, and how to apply, please visit:

or email

International Development Opportunity in East Africa


We are recruiting committed students to spend 10 weeks in East Africa investing time and money in one of our partner schools. Living and working in a rural community, our volunteers develop essential transferable skills whilst experiencing vibrant East African culture.

For a challenging, rewarding and inspiring summer, find out more and apply at – round two recruitment is now open.

Following personal fundraising and detailed training throughout the academic year, volunteers often invest in new educational resources, small infrastructure projects and schemes to improve students’ health and welfare. Crucially, they are trusted to plan and deliver their own projects, a challenge that provides a rich and varied personal development opportunity.

Employers such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Deloitte and the WHO have regularly been impressed by the autonomy and critical thinking volunteers have demonstrated through their projects. Many volunteers also continue to build experience by volunteering with the charity after the project has finished.

Flexible return dates and a holiday week during the project also provide a brilliant opportunity to explore East Africa further.

Find us on Facebook here.

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SCA College Reps

Volunteering with the SCA this year? Then why not represent the SCA at your college?
are looking for people willing to help raise awareness of Student
Community Action, mainly by distributing SCA posters and flyers now and
again and generally being a friendly face. So that, from Big Sibs to
TESL to Taskforce, everyone is in the loop about what we do. And, most
importantly, more people consider volunteering in Cambridge!
Up for the job? Then just drop Jess (jmg208) a line – thank you!!

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International Development Panel Discussion

Education Partnerships Africa are running a panel discussion on
international development on Friday 4th November, discussing the
problems associated with sending volunteers to developing
countries. The talk will
feature Development academics and Education Partnerships Africa
alumni. Our charity recognises the need to be critical of
international volunteering projects, focusing on investment in
rural secondary schools over a 10 week period.

The talk will draw
out some of the ethical concerns surrounding international
volunteering and the ways in which it can be improved.

The link to the Facebook event is here.

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Join us at Adventurous Education and lead our uniquely-Cambridge summer camps!

Adventurous Education
Who we are: We are a team of Cambridge alumni and students with the vision of a world in which high quality educational resources are accessed and shared freely across the borders. As the first step, we have organised and run our first series of Summer Programmes for secondary school students from China in 2015 and received passionate feedback from the participants and their parents on our excellent Mentors and programmes.
More about our camps: Our top priority is the quality of our participants' educational and cultural experience. We strive to design programmes with a balance of life-coaching, academic lessons and cultural experience, including day trips to nearby cities in the UK. We also unique in providing truly Cambridge experience, with all the Management and Mentors being current students/alumni of Cambridge and Cambridge-style lectures, supervisions, activities such as formal dinner, punting, and graduation.
We are currently recruiting for mentors:

Job description: You will work with other Mentors to design and lead activities and lessons in a 4 week summer camp in Cambridge. You will be given freedom to edit existing activities and lessons from last year or creatively design new ones. For your chosen lessons and activities, you will also be responsible for preparing other Mentors for the sessions. You will interact closely with the students and report their feedback at daily meetings.
Skills required: You should be a current student or a recent graduate of Cambridge University. You should have a strong passion for education and be willing to spend much time with teenagers. Team-work and organisational skills are essential, and teaching experience is also highly appreciated. Both native English speakers and mandarin speakers are welcome.
Dates will range from 11th July to 7th August
A bursary of £350 per week will be provided that will more than cover accommodation costs and other expenses.
Duration: up to 4 weeks
Application deadline: 8th May 2016
Apply through the following link and email your CV to Kayeon Yoo at
Updates and further information will be notified on our Facebook page at
Post any questions on this page, or email Kayeon or

Cambridge Hands-On Science needs you!

CHaOS is a student society which aims to show children and families that science can be fun and exciting, and something that they can understand. We’re now recruiting bio-natscis, phys-natscis, engineers, medics, vets, mathmos and more for our 2016 Summer Roadshow – where we take a minibus of volunteers, a van full of experiments and camp around the UK for 7 weeks of the summer (27th of June – 10th of August), visiting schools, town halls and Scout jamborees.

What would I do?
Most volunteers come on the roadshow with us for around a week. You'd get to talk to lots of children and families, while playing with fun/noisy/messy science/maths/engineering experiments, explaining what's going on. In the evening we relax, sharing funny stories from the day over dinner, sometimes BBQs(!), at the campsite. It's great fun, fantastic for experience in engaging with the public, and much better than a week of real work! This year we're heading to the South West and you can sign up here

No is experience necessary (we are running a training session before the Roadshow), food, transport and accomodation are all provided! For more information have a look at our website or get in touch using

JOURNALISM IN BOLIVIA: Internships and Training Programmes

Debating whether to go travelling or get work experience instead? Now you can do both.

Bolivian Express is a social enterprise based in La Paz, Bolivia. We offer 1-3 month residential training programmes designed to introduce participants to print journalism and TV production through internships in an international working environment. BX was founded in 2009 by Bolivian journalists and Oxford graduates. Since then, over 170 talented individuals from 20 countries have worked with us, creating 58 issues covering everything from politics and art to football and gay parades. We’ve won the attention of TEDx, local sports stars and even the Bolivian Vice President.

BX Magazine – Print Journalism Programme

You will research and write your own articles or put together photo essays. You will be given extensive editorial support, as well as help with the production of your pieces, also taking part in designing the magazine. During the week you will take lessons in Spanish, journalism and photography, and will also attend newsroom sessions. The magazine is distributed for free across Bolivia and online for the rest of the world.

Is it Right for You?

You have an observant eye and inquisitive spirit. Spanish is helpful but not essential. Graduates, current undergraduates and year-abroad students are all welcome; we assign responsibilities in line with experience and reserve spaces for the uninitiated. Working with us you will be immersed in the local environment and, with our support, will get a chance to explore sides of the country largely undiscovered by tourist masses. Your dream career does not have to be journalism; Bolivian Espressos (as former BX interns are known) are sought after by universities and a range of employers for their international experience, level of intellectual engagement and initiative.


We take up to eight participants every month, and as entry is oversubscribed (especially for the summer months), you should apply immediately if this is for you. A number of previous participants have been able to secure college funding to cover part of the programme and travel expenses involved.

More details are available on our website, where you can also read past issues and apply: