Join our University Societies

The University Societies

About the societies

Project Workers are essential to the work that EPAfrica does. As a committee member of a university society, you will be the main face of EPAfrica in the universities that we work in, and will play a central role in developing and supporting the next Project Worker generation in the lead up to summer.

Achieve high levels of Project Worker applications

In addition to generally working to raise the profile of EPAfrica of EPAfrica in your university, you will work to achieve high levels of Project Worker applications, through initiative such as information events, talks, and social media advertising.

Drive strong Project Worker retention rates

Ensuring that Project Workers are ready to depart for East Africa and have fulfiled all of the necessary pre-summer actions and requirements, and support their development through initiatives such as the Project worker mentoring programme

Support Volunteer Fundraising

Help provide Project Workers with the necessary resources and support to achieve their targets, and collect all the necessary PW documentation and fundraising throughout the year.

An opportunity for personal development

Joining the University Societies is a great opportunity to gain experience that may help you make decisions about your career direction, and develop skill that make you more competitive when it comes to applying for jobs or further studies. Our university committies take on real responsibilities from the off; last year they managed applications from over 200 students, oversaw over £127,000 of volunteer fundraising and organised and delivered over 20 training sessions and events.

University Society Roles

uk-map-for-websiteThe university societies work across all areasof EPAfrica. Therefore, in addition to working within your university society, each member of the society will also work within the broader charity in the Fundraising, Recruitment and Training, Business Operations and Logstics and Delivery Committees, which meet monthly.

Join a University Society


Become an Associate Member

In addition to the roles defined above you can also become an Associate Member of a University Society. As an Associate, you will volunteer flexibly throughout the year, committing to a variety of activities in the short-term on an ad-hoc basis. Associates attend society meetings, and volunteer for specific tasks as their availability allows. This model enables the University Society to deploy volunteers responsively to grab opportunities and quickly address any emerging issues.

As an Associate Member of a University Society you could be working on....

Developing events to raise the profile of EPAfrica
Publicising EPAfrica via a variety of online and social media channels
Participating in the interview and selection process for new Project Workers
Creating new fundraising support materials for Project Workers
Assisting in PW training sessions
Managing the collection of PW documentation

Become a Mentor

To best support our volunteers across the year, and to prepare them for their roles as Project Workers, a strong mentoring system is crucial. As a mentor, you will be the key point of contact with a Project Worker, and will be essential in assisting their development over the year.

This will involve actions such as: working with your PW to establish a fundraising plan for the year, ensuring that your PW understands the actions that they need to take to enable them to participate in the project, and supporting the progress of your PW throughout the year via regular catch-ups. All university society members will also be mentors, and members of the pool are encouraged to be mentors in combination with any other roles they may undertake.