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.

Experience

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 has been shortlisted for a 2017 Green Gown Award. 

Employability

Anglia Ruskin's Employability Service has a number of resources to help you gain employment once you graduate and we recommend that you use this to help you identify what you can offer employers. At the GSI we have identified a number of key characteristics of a graduate which will help you both prepare for the world of work and for the work of the world.

These are:

  • Discipline related knowledge – (what your degree probably focused on)
  • Discipline specific skills - (what you need to be able to do to apply this knowledge, e.g. how to use a particular piece of equipment, technique or method)
  • Sustainability related knowledge – (why it is important that you apply your knowledge and skills for a sustainable future)
  • Generic ‘graduate’ skills – (the personal qualities which will allow you to take action)

You are likely to have come across a number of lists of 'employability skills' from various sources. These tend to focus on the 'generic graduate skills' and are often intended to help you think about what might differentiate you from other graduates with similar qualifications. Yet everyone is using the same lists! Focusing on all 4 categories will help differentiate you from others. It will also help you think about what you want from a career as well as what you want to give.

We will work with you before, during and after the trip helping you to document your development in each of the 4 areas above, creating a portfolio of evidence which will help you decide on your future direction and represent your key attributes on your cv and talk about them confidently during interviews. On your return you should also be able to complete the Anglia Ruskin Employability Programme which is endorsed by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).