RCNUWC teaches students to work for peace, justice and international understanding, as well as to dedicate themselves to service to others.

After completing their studies at the college, students are encouraged to put their ideals into practice by volunteering in an area associated with the college’s main work in the areas of peace, justice, development, environmentalism, education, humanitarianism and solidarity with people from disdvantaged backgrounds.

Volunteers usually commit for a period of 6 to 12 months, although shorter placements are sometimes possible.

We believe each volunteership should benefit the host organization as much as possible.

Our graduates are bright, knowledgeable and motivated. When RCNUWC establishes a link with a host organization, it aims to select only those students who are prepared to commit themselves fully to the needs of that organization. We value our partnerships with organizations all over the world and seek to strengthen and expand them.

The RCNUWC Volunteer Programme Statement of Purpose

The RCNUWC Volunteer Programme

  • encourages students to make a commitment to positive change (social, environmental, political, developmental, humanitarian) by enabling them to gain practical experience in an area of service to others
  • develops strong and long-lasting relationships with various organizations around the world that work with disadvantaged populations
  • emphasizes volunteer placements with organizations that work in the college’s own focus areas, namely peace, equality, humanitarianism, environmentalism, justice, development and education
  • establishes links with organizations working with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds such as schools, the Red Cross, SOS Children’s Villages, workers’ groups, refugees’ associations, street children’s and disabled people’s groups

Volunteers are responsible for the following:

  • travel costs to and from the placement
  • visa, insurance and immunization costs
  • living expenses while at the placement

Host organizations are usually at least responsible for:

  • accommodation (or help with finding it)
  • board and lodging (where available)
  • orientation to the programme

RCNUWC, via the Programme Coordinator, is responsible for:

  • advertising placement opportunities to its students and students at the other UWCs
  • receiving and assessing applications
  • interviewing applicants
  • forwarding shortlisted applications to organizations
  • maintaining contact with host organizations
  • maintaining contact with current volunteers
  • encouraging current volunteers to send in regular reports
  • pre-selection workshops
  • post-selection briefings

Former RCNUWC students Akari and Ingri at the Tibetan Children’s Village