Volunteers at a water security programme

UWE Global Water Security Project

Take part in the UWE Global Water Security Project and support global organisations working on improving water security worldwide. It's an exciting opportunity to do a short or long-term placement in another country.

We're looking for UWE Bristol students from all subject areas to support host organisations by using your academic knowledge in a variety of ways.

What's the benefit of doing a placement?

The UWE Bristol Global Water Security Project is a chance for you to use your academic skills to make a difference – and experience life in a different country. Taking part could also improve both your employability and your chances of undertaking postgraduate studies once you've graduated.

Placements will run over summer 2018 and/or as a sandwich placement for 2018/19. You could choose to link your research/experience to your academic studies as part of your third year modules, including sandwich placements and dissertation projects. However, this isn't compulsory. You'll be able to make a positive difference by working directly with the host organisation.

Successful applicants will receive support prior to, during and after their placement/internship experience, as well as financial assistance with costs from UWE Bristol.

What can I do?

You will support organisations in a number of ways. This could include:

  • water quality
  • sanitation in schools
  • food security
  • governance
  • hydropower
  • well rehabilitation
  • the impact on women
  • legal rights.

Take a look at the 'Where can I go?' section below for ideas of how you can get involved in a project.

Previous students have won prizes for their work – including the National Union of Journalists (Bristol branch) Student Journalism Prize, and the IWSN-UWE Bristol Student Prize.

Where can I go?

We have not yet confirmed the projects for 2018. However, these partner organisations offered both short and long-term opportunities to students during summer 2017:


National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) Diocese of Kisoro Joint Effort To Save the Environment (JESE)

South Africa

LIMA Rural Development Foundation


RMI Outgrower Development


Wells For India


Centro Competencias Agua

You can view more information about the opportunities associated with each organisation within InfoHub.

How do I register interest?

You can register your interest for this project through InfoHub (login required). We'll get in touch once the project is open for applications.

Student testimonials

Previous participants have returned with a deeper understanding of development challenges. They're also keen to make a positive contribution to society with their knowledge. You can read testimonials from some of them below.

"I have been fortunate to undergo a unique and amazing experience, meeting some wonderful people and working within a completely new environment. Not only have I collected my dissertation data, but I have also had the opportunity to gain valuable experience of field research."
Molly Byrne

“My placement to Uganda has undoubtedly been the best experience of my life to date. It has changed my outlook as a human being. ”
Josh Rogers

"Actively being involved in this research and meeting communities has given me more of an insight than any book ever could. It was a humbling yet incredible experience and one that I will never forget.”
Charlotte Whitmarsh

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