Volunteer Services  

Untitled-1.jpg

The Aga Khan University is strongly supported by dedicated and highly-motivated volunteers as part of its wide-spanning voluntary services initiative. 

Since the initiation of the University's Volunteer Services Programme in 1987, over 10,500+ volunteers have complemented services offered in various clinical and administrative departments of the University.

Volunteers come from all walks of life and commit to a number of voluntary hours depending upon the programme. Besides the main University Hospital campus on Stadium Road, volunteers have the option of working in our mother and child hospitals in Garden, Karimabad, Kharadar and Hyderabad. 

Along with assisting staff, Volunteer Services also run the Gift, Flower and Tuck shops, whose proceeds go to the Patient Welfare Programme that provides financial assistance to patients in need.

Areas of work include

  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing 
  • Nursing
  • Patient Welfare Department
  • Registrar’s Office 
  • Gift, Flower and Tuck shops

Summer Volunteer Programme

The Summer Volunteer Programme offers opportunities to bright and committed 'O' and 'A' level and Aga Khan Examination Board students willing to offer their services. These students are assigned tasks for six to eight weeks, working five days a week, towards 250 hours of voluntary service. 

Thank you for your interest in our Summer Volunteer Programme 2020.

At the Aga Khan University, the health and the safety of our employees and volunteers is our highest priority. After much consideration, we have decided to postpone the Summer Volunteer Program 2020 until further notice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rescheduling the programme will enable us to provide the experience that our volunteers expect and deserve in a safe environment. 

The latest information will be available at www.aku.edu/hr. Please take a moment to let us know if you have any questions regarding your registration at voluntary.services@aku.edu.

Your voice matters, and we care about your feedback.​

We look forward to hosting you in the future! Until then, stay safe and healthy.​​

Click here to access the application form.

Regular Volunteer Programme 

The regular volunteer programme gives a chance to individuals with ages between 18 and 55 years to contribute to the University throughout the year.

  • Students Programme: Students from ages 18 years and above are encouraged to become a part of this programme throughout the year and they get a chance to serve as volunteers for 3 to 6 months in various areas within the University, assisting in administrative and research areas. 
  • Senior Volunteers Programme: Individuals up to the age of 55 contribute different days and hours of service to the University as per their availability and requirement of the department.​

Requirements

Candidates wishing to serve as volunteers can send their applications to AKU's Volunteer Services department. Applications are reviewed to ensure that the candidates meet the minimum requirements:

  • Age: Between 17-55 years

  • Qualification: Grade 12 and above (Intermediate or A-Levels)

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Highly motivated with a strong humanitarian instinct

  • Flexible with a willingness to work as part of a team

  • Medically fit​


Selected candidates are interviewed to check their knowledge, skills and attitude. A reference check is also conducted from relevant institutions. 

Once a candidate has been approved, s/he is matched against the requisitions received from various departments within the University.

Code of Conduct

All volunteers are expected to comply with the Volunteer Code of Conduct and wear the prescribed uniform. These are issued to the volunteers when they start work against payment of nominal charges.

Facilities

The Department facilitates volunteers by providing them with transport, a van service with pick and drop from specific points, subject to capacity. Economy lunch coupons are also provided.

Recognition and rewards

Upon completion of specific periods of time, volunteers are recognised by awarding appreciation letters, gold pins and/or diamond-studded pins depending on the number of hours of voluntary service. 

Contact us

For more information about Volunteer Services, please email us at voluntary.services@aku.edu or call +92 21 3486 2947 or 2940.