Every year, SAFAD opens an opportunity for graduates to volunteer on placements with local partners, NGOs or local organisations across the world. SAFAD supports volunteers during their placement with operational and financial support. We aim to cover expenses such as air tickets, accommodation, visa, food, vaccinations, insurance and more. These placements offer an excellent opportunity to gain valuable professional, hands-on experience whilst supporting social and environmental development in the local communities where we work.

If you are a Cranfield student or graduate, have the necessary skills and experience, and are interested in a volunteer placement, please get in touch!

Discover the project opportunities that were available for 2022-2023!

Visit the following links for a full description of each project:

Developing water treatment systems in Mexico, with Caminos de Agua

Constructing water wells in Uganda, with the Bridge of Hope Foundation

Assessing water quality in Ghana, with HYDO

Raising sexual health awareness in Uganda, with Nakalama Skilling Centre

Monitoring water resource in Peru, with EcoSwell

Raising awareness on sanitation in India, with the Community Action for Rural Development Society

Developing renewable solar energy infrastructures in Peru, with EcoSwell


All Cranfield Student and Alumni are welcome to apply. If you are interested in applying for a volunteer placement through SAFAD, please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter stating your interest to project.safad@cranfield.ac.uk. Applications for 2022-2023 were open until May 31st, 2023 at noon. Successful applicants are invited for an interview.

Please note, SAFAD is a charity that depends on public and charitable donations; therefore, some projects are dependent on the charity fundraising outcomes. We hope to, but cannot guarantee at this stage that all projects advertised for the placements will proceed. If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQs on the SAFAD website or send an email to safad@cranfield.ac.uk.