Since the inception of our internalization outreach programme we have created opportunities with international partners to facilitate student and staff engagement, developing and investing in global communities.
Every year, a number of Durham University students fundraise and travel to Zambia to deliver sport and performing arts activities within the local communities in Livingston and Lusaka. Students and young Zambians work side-by-side, developing fantastic partnerships and creating opportunities to develop new and existing skills, exchange knowledge and undertake new experiences beyond those that university alone can provide.
Durham University supports its sister University Duke, based in North Carolina, to support their students’ extra-curricular experience. Each year the students cross the Atlantic to spend four weeks undertaking voluntary work at the University or in the wider County Durham area.
The Benefits of both experiences
• Developing interpersonal skills and maturity fuelled by the necessity to confront challenges outside a familiar support network and comfort zone.
• Insight into the workplace dynamics of a different country whilst learning through increased awareness and multi-faceted approaches.
• Experience of different customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.