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Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA)

ACTSA campaigns for rights, equality and development for the people of Southern Africa. ACTSA was established in 1994 as the successor organisation to the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM), to develop and promote solidarity in the UK and internationally with southern Africa.

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ACTSA is the successor organisation to the anti-apartheid movement, we work campaigning for rights, equality and development across southern Africa. We also work to educate and inform on Southern Africa , providing information and analysis on the region.

ACTSA will shortly be re-launching its website and we have a research based volunteer opportunity to work with the ACTSA team to update the ‘Country Information’ section of our website on countries in Southern Africa (15 in total).

We are looking for individuals who are seeking to gain experience of working alongside a small and dynamic campaigning organisation. You will be provided with a research framework and be supported by members of the ACTSA team.

Volunteer applicants should have some research experience (academic or professional), excellent organisational skills, excellent written communication and the ability and initiative to work independently when required.

ACTSA will provide a framework for research and seek to meet with the volunteer(s) for several hours once a month, providing ongoing support. The position requires a minimum time commitment of approximately 3 hours per week. Following an initial meeting there will also be flexibility to work remotely.

Role Aim: 

ACTSA is looking for a highly organised, motivated individual with an interest in fundraising and events to support the preparation of the ACTSA annual fundraising dinner. In all previous years the exhibition has been held in South African High Commission in Trafalgar Square and is regularly attended by anti-apartheid activists, politicians, senior diplomats and those with an interest in the region. The event is the biggest in the ACTSA calendar, and an opportunity for us to celebrate the years achievements and thank our supporters as well as fundraise for the important campaigning and advocacy work on Southern Africa.


The volunteer will be required to assist the programmes officer with the preparation and production of the event. This will include arranging logistics, contacting potential donors and speakers, as well as press and marketing.

There will be the opportunity to work remotely but the volunteer will be in regular contact with their line manager, the programme officer.

This role ideally requires a commitment of 4-6 hours a week from July 2018 – September 2018 (with opportunity to extend to November 2018). The volunteers would have a named contact at ACTSA to provide support and guidance.

Skills needed: 

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work independently, experience or knowledge of Southern Africa desirable but not necessary. As it is highly likely the volunteer will have contact with senior members of partner organisations, a professional manner is essential.


ACTSA would provide a framework for research for all volunteers and provide guidance on research techniques and key sources.

Flexible (ACTSA Office with option to work from home)
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
The ACTSA office is open between 10am – 6pm. Volunteers will be required to meet with ACTSA staff at the office initially during working hours but the work can then be carried out remotely. Volunteer(s) will be required to come into the ACTSA office at least monthly for several hours, the time and day of these meetings is flexible.
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here