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Got a question about Global Hope? Check out our most frequently asked questions below. If you still can't find the answer you're looking for, please contact the Global Hope team: globalhope@hope.ac.uk

What is Global Hope?

Global Hope is our overseas volunteering programme. It receives support from the University, donors and volunteer fundraising activities to support the education, and development of partner communities abroad. The range of transfer of expertise includes learning and teaching processes; pastoral care and wellbeing; research and subject knowledge. It is important to us that the communication we have with our partners enables us to contribute appropriately and effectively to support their needs and work they undertake. Our approach is grounded in the principles of global competence, social responsibility and active citizenship. Our proven track record of long-term sustainability of relationships between Global Hope and partners has led to deeper connections with communities across four continents: Europe, Africa, Asia and America. It also provides a long-lasting education for global citizenship for our volunteers who develop in confidence, improve their competence to become involved in change, extend values in relation to diversity, and develop feelings of connectedness with different people across the world. Therefore, both our communities and volunteers become far more enriched than if they had not been part of the programme.  

Due to the on-going pandemic, 2022 projects will be virtual. 

Got a question about Global Hope? Check out our most frequently asked questions below. If you still can't find the answer you're looking for, please contact the Global Hope team: globalhope@hope.ac.uk

Who goes on a Global Hope project?

All members of Liverpool Hope University are welcome to apply. Staff and students from Hope will work with partners. All staff and student participants are expected to evaluate their work thoroughly to enable appropriate and effective provision by Global Hope teams in subsequent years and to feed their experience back into the Hope community throughout the year when possible.

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 always keeping in mind that participants learn a lot. 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 programme.

How will Global Hope 2022 be funded?

As the 2022 projects will be virtual, costs will be lower than in normal years and the University will cover these. Students will be encouraged to raise £100 to support our partners. If students or staff wish to buy resources for their on-line activities, they are encouraged to do this as a personal commitment to the project. Students and staff will be responsible for ensuring that they have any necessary technical equipment to take part in the project, such as a mobile phone, laptop, access to a PC and access to WiFi.

How can I find out more?

For further information, contact the Global Hope team by emailing globalhope@hope.ac.uk