Voluntary work and social responsibility

Voluntary work and social responsibility

Now you can lend a helping hand and get your work recognised by University through DegreePlus!

The Voluntary Work stream will give you the opportunity to help others through your involvement in approved voluntary work projects. This will help you sustain the ‘voluntary’ spirit and get exposure to certain social realities in Malta and abroad. You will also get the opportunity to work in teams and to learn and develop the necessary support skills thereby enhancing your social skills and learn how to implement effective planning.
Join DegreePlus Voluntary Work and experience voluntary work. This experience will certainly enrich you.
At present, DegreePlus is offering three Voluntary Work units:

    * DGP0201 - Voluntary Work - Semester 1 and Semester 2
    * DGP0205 - Voluntary Work Summer Programme - Summer Semester
    * DGP0210 - Voluntary Work Abroad - Summer Semester

Important note: Schedule of available placements.
For more information please contact the Voluntary Work co-ordinator on voluntary.degreeplus@um.edu.mt or on +356 2340 2341.

Recognition for Voluntary Work
If you are already doing voluntary work you may apply for this and you will be recognised. To apply please contact the Voluntary Work coordinator on voluntary.degreeplus@um.edu.mt or on +356 2340 2341.

For the above units which are offered by third parties and are recognised & accredited by DegreePlus. The University of Malta shall not be held responsible for the content and/or delivery of such units and shall not be held liable for any claims, demands or actions that may arise out of the content and/or delivery of these units.

Student Review: "What I appreciate most about my experience of volunteering abroad is the combination of community spirit encountered as well as the fulfilment of one’s faith by being of service to others. These three aspects have helped me grow both personally and spiritually. I believe that this experience has been essential in complimenting my academic journey on campus." Kris Baldacchino - B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry and Biology 4th Yr - Voluntary Work Abroad.

Student Review: "What strikes me most about the voluntary work experience abroad is the element of community, which is an important source of support that promotes personal growth and development. My experience abroad has helped me enhance various skills, as well as grow on both a personal and spiritual level. Working with others is extremely satisfying and offers a golden opportunity to view things from different perspectives. It is by giving to others and being of service that one can find personal fulfillment." Roberta Micallef – B.A. (Hons) Social Work 4th Yr - Voluntary Work Abroad.

Student Review: "Mental health is something which I hold very close to my heart and I am always willing to help out and raise awareness. By volunteering, I was able to help out children and teenagers who are currently going through mental health difficulties and I can honestly say that it was one of the most enriching experiences I have ever done. It helped me develop myself further and filled me with so much love and joy knowing that I was spending some of my free time helping those in need. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces during each visit was extremely rewarding. I would definitely recommend doing voluntary work because it gives you a great sense of satisfaction and makes you appreciate life and what you have even more." Shanice Borg – B.Psy. (Hons) 3rd Yr - Voluntary Work (Malta).

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This unit gives the opportunity to students to provide friendship and social support to service users with mental health issues as part of the Befriending Volunteer Programme organised by Mt Carmel Hospital Psychological Services, Health Directorate. It is open for students who have already developed basic communication and helping skills as part of their training, namely students in their final years of their course at the Faculties for Social Wellbeing, Medicine and Surgery or Health Sciences.

Students will be expected to give one to two hours per week to a befriended (a service user with mental health issues) to develop a one to one relationship and engage in a range of experiences and activities together. Activities may involve going out for a coffee and a chat, going out for a walk, eating out, a cultural visit, cinema, shopping, or accompanying befriendee to an appointment. Students will be provided with training, guidance and supervision/mentoring during the whole programme.

Detailed study-unit description

https://www.um.edu.mt/study/degreeplus/voluntarywork