Volunteer Services  

The Aga Khan University and the Aga Khan University Hospital are strongly supported by services offered by dedicated and highly-motivated volunteers as part of its widespanning voluntary services initiative. 

Since the initiation of the University Hospital’s Volunteer Services Programme in 1987, over 7,300 volunteers have complemented services offered in various clinical and administrative departments of the University Hospital.

Volunteers come from all walks of life, and commit to a minimum 300 hours, 4 months, of service at the least. 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

  • Finance

  • Human Resources

  • Information Technology

  • Marketing 

  • Nursing

  • Patient Welfare Department

  • Registrar’s Office 

  • Gift, Flower and Tuck shops


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 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 AKU.

Code of Conduct

All AKU 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.


The Department facilitates volunteers by providing them 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. 

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. 

Students interested in joining Summer Volunteer Programme should apply on​​lin​e​ by March 18, 2019.​

Contact us

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