What will you take away from your visit?

Volunteers in Sainji helping with crop harvesting

We hope that the time you spend in Sainji will provide you with a new perspective with which to view the world and your future within it.


Sustainable Sainji is part of Anglia Ruskin University’s International Community Experience programme (ICE) which has been supporting students, staff and alumni undertake volunteering projects in communities in Croatia, Botswana and Ukraine since 1997.

In each country the volunteers work alongside local community leaders to engage in grassroots, participatory development. Typically volunteers provide huge amounts of enthusiasm, energy and practical skills to help maintain and renovate community buildings (including a rehabilitation centre in Ukraine, a school for the blind in Botswana and an orphanage in Croatia). In return they gain a transformational personal experience and valuable employability skills which can enhance their cv and to help them stand out from the crowd in the jobs market.

In 2015, the University’s Chaplaincy, who manage the programme, joined forces with ARU’s Global Sustainability Institute to help enhance the existing programme, and in particular to develop and make more explicit the links to sustainable development and sustainability education. Sustainable Sainji  is unique in that through collaboration with community leaders it matches volunteers discipline specific skills and knowledge with the community’s development priorities. As one community leader explained: “your students are some of the most highly educated people in the world, they bring skills and expertise we don’t have access to and which they sometimes don’t even know they have”.

For all the team, living and working alongside the villagers in Sainji is an inspirational and transformational experience. Students gain an intimate cultural insight into village life which also provides a broader context to the students understanding of the key sustainability issues faced by the villages.

Sustainable Sainji was shortlisted for a 2017 Green Gown Award. 


Being part of the Sustainable Sainji Programme will enhance your lifelong employability skills and help develop the personal qualities you will need to gain graduate employment in a job that you feel is rewarding and fulfilling.

Anglia Ruskin uses a ‘graduate capital model’ to describe the broad personal capitals required for you to achieve ‘good’ employability outcomes.  At the GSI  we suggest ‘good’, includes your active participation in the world of work and your active participation in the work of the world. 

We will work with you before, during and after the trip helping you to document your development of ARU’s graduate capitals and the ways you can apply these for a more sustainable future.