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Global Hope FAQs - Staff

What is Global Hope?

Global Hope is Liverpool Hope University’s overseas education charity. It uses the resources of the University to support the education and development of communities overseas. In particular this means using the University’s expertise in learning and teaching, welfare and wellbeing, research and subject knowledge to effectively work alongside partners in developing countries to meet their needs appropriately. This approach is grounded in the principle of reciprocity. A commitment to these relationships over the longer term has enabled genuine partnerships to develop. As a result, a deeper level of cross-cultural understanding now exists between Global Hope and its partners across three continents.

Global Hope seeks to use this insight to give effective support to communities in meeting their own educational and development needs. At the same time the Global Hope experience generally provides an opportunity for meaningful professional development opportunities for members of the University, with resonance for them and others long after their return to the UK.‌ ‌

Who goes on a Global Hope project?

All members of Liverpool Hope University are welcome to apply. Staff and students from Hope travel together to project locations each year working with partners overseas for two to three weeks during our summer vacation – either immediately before or after Graduation. Priority for staff places is given to core staff.


Who decides whether I can go on a Global Hope project?

You need to make the decision that you want to go. You should then email the Global Hope with an expression of interest. If you are still sure you want to go you need to talk to your line manager as only they (in discussion with the relevant Rectorate Team member) can release you for a project. The Chair of the Global Hope Committee will decide which staff have the relevant skills and experience for that year's projects.


Do I have to take annual leave to go on a project?

This is a point of discussion between you and your line manager. Generally it is regarded as a staff development opportunity and could be done in work time, but there may be cases in which you would have to take leave to go on a project.


Is Global Hope’s primary function to give resources to partners overseas or prescribe solutions from UK approaches to education?

No. The different contexts within which Global Hope operates have developed in different ways and to varying degrees during the time of its involvement over the last 20 years. In some communities where very few qualified teachers had been present to educate poorly-resourced large groups of pupils there are now sometimes numerous well-qualified and competent professionals working in a considerably improved environment. This has challenged Global Hope to think less of ‘what we can do for them’ but to consider a ‘shared path’ which uses the perceived local need as a starting point and critically considers what we as a University can contribute. Global Hope does raise funds to support staff and student involvement, with a secondary motive being to raise awareness of the unique work undertaken by the organisation.


How is Global Hope work funded?

The work is funded primarily by fundraising. Students are required to raise a minimum donation of £1,500 for Global Hope and to cover some of the costs of their project. The University contributes to the costs of Global Hope as it recognises that Global Hope supports the University's mission. Staff are expected to proactively fundraise for Global Hope before going on their project. You will be expected to pay for your own transport to/from Manchester Airport where your flight will depart from. You will also be asked to pay for any vaccinations you have or any other medical expenses such as malaria tablets, food while away, and excursion costs.