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Want to do something worthwhile with your summer? Want to learn more about international development and volunteering abroad? BVDA is for you!

BVDA is a student run registered charity that recruit and train students to become conscious volunteers on sustainable development projects in developing countries. These projects are varied and can involve: youth empowerment, hygiene and sanitation, construction, environmental protection, teaching, NGO management, sensitising communities amongst other invaluable services. We are currently have connections with NGOs in Nepal, Malawi and Zambia.

***Re coronavirus***

We have made the decision that we will not be able to send volunteers abroad in Summer 2021. However, if you are interested in volunteering abroad with us in 2022 or the future, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Nonetheless this year we are focusing on grant applications and fundraising for our partner NGOs to support them through these difficult times

AND we aim to do more local volunteering in Bristol as well when restrictions allow.

We will also host events and discussions about international development, and have fun *virtual* socials so that everyone feels a part of our society and the University of Bristol.



Check out our Facebook page and Instagram (@bvda_bristol) for more information and to see what we're up to -


Alternatively, if you would like to know more about BVDA please email -

For any additional information regarding BVDA, our projects and more, please visit our website -


Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


Code of Conduct


When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.


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Refund Policy


Any customer who pays for a membership subscription to a Bristol SU Society, Sports Club, Student Media and initiatives has a 14 day cooling off period from the time and date of purchase during which they have the right to cancel the subscription and receive a full refund. If you do decide to cancel within the 14 days, Bristol SU will refund your payment within a further 30 days of the cancellation.  To request a refund please email:


Data sharing (Sports Club members only)


Please be aware that Bristol SU may share data relating to the members of its sports clubs with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (a department of the University).  This information may be used for the purposes of communicating direct with these members and/or to cross-reference against SEH's Sports Pass membership records.


As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


Data sharing (Societies members only)


If you're joining one of the societies listed below please be aware that your name and email address will be shared with Bristol Hub for the purpose of keeping you up to date with their activities through their email “The Week”:

AIESEC Bristol, AMICUS Bristol, Anti-Slavery Society, Bristol Feminists, Bristol Friends of MSF, Bristol Marrow, Bristol Social Enterprise Society, Bristol Student Action for Refugees, Bristol University Amnesty International, Conservation Group, Bristol University Oxfam Group, Bristol University Sustainability Team, Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad, Engineers Without Borders, Howard League for Penal Reform Student Society, International Affairs Society, Medsin Bristol, Model United Nations, and Vegetarian and Vegan Society.


For more information on Bristol Hub visit:


If you do not want your details shared with the Hub please email:

These terms shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Nothing in these terms shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.