Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Voluntary Work

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION Contact: – Tel No: 2340 2341

Target students:
Open to all students

Every student is required to undertake 20 hours of participation evenly spread out during a semester, in a project in one of the following areas at least 10 of which must be direct contact hours with either people or the environment.


The following categories will be offered:
Working with children
Working with young people
Working with the elderly
Working with refugees
Working with persons experiencing illness or special needs
Pro-environmental initiatives

All fees (e.g. transport fees, etc.) are to be borne by the student. Furthermore, when registering for this unit, participants are declaring that they are participating in these activities at their own risk, and assume full responsibility for their own judgments, behaviour and actions.

Participants are aware that they shall hold the University of Malta, its employees, DegreePlus and the University Chaplaincy, harmless from any liability ensuing as a result of damages caused. In particular, the University of Malta, its employees, DegreePlus and the University Chaplaincy, shall not be held responsible for any injuries that may result during or after the activities related to this unit. Participants shall not consider any of the information presented here to be a recommendation, instruction, guidance, advice or endorsement.

Before engaging in work in some particular categories, participants are requested to consult with a physician. In particular, students choosing to work with refugees are advised to get the TB and Hep B immunisation unless they have already been vaccinated.

Learning outcomes:

By participating in this programme you will:
1. improve your people, team work and social skills;
2. plan and manage small scale projects;
3. become more aware of social realities in Malta;
4. gain experience which makes you more employable in the future.

The objective of the ‘voluntary work’ stream is to sustain the ‘voluntary’ spirit that also instills values in participants that go beyond those that they encounter in other areas in their lives. It aims to promote voluntary work during the participants’ time at University.

Training Session/s:
Students are required to be present at a briefing session at the start of the voluntary work project. If additional training is necessary, due to the specific requirements of the organization, then the participant would be expected to attend.

Log book:
Participants will be required to submit a log book of their attendance at the placement to obtain recognition under the degree plus programme.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)
Patrick Magro (Co-ord.)

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.