Get involved with us

Are you looking for a way to engage with the student community, gain useful skills and apply to the Edinburgh Award while having fun? Join our team and become part of the ISC family. 

Social Team

As a volunteer, the space and friendships I managed to make there were integral in making my study abroad a fulfilling one to remember for years to come.
— C. T. W, Singapore 2016/17

Being a volunteer in the IESS Social Team is an amazing way to make friends from all over the world, enhance your resume and learn useful skills. 

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Make coffee and tea
  • Ensure the space is tidy
  • Create a friendly environment and give advice to newcomers
  • Brainstorming and planning events
  • Marketing and advertising

Time commitment: min. 9 hours/month

  • One 1 hour weekly shift in the Lounge, either at Pleasance in the Activities Hub
  • One meeting every two weeks
  • One event of your choice per semester (circa 4 hours/event)

If you commit to a total of 35 hours over the course of the semester, you are eligible to participate in the Edinburgh Award, an official recognition of your work to build a global community on campus. 

If you want to know more, email us on or send us a message on Facebook.

If you're thinking, "Say no more!" and are ready to commit, join our socials volunteer group!

Trips Team

“I really liked being on trips sub-committee! It gave me something fun and rewarding to do outside of classwork. I liked going to places having done research on them so I felt like I was really getting a lot out of the experiences, especially as an international student. It was also nice to get to know the people on the trips committee, because I only knew one person when I came to the University, so I was able to make friends this way and learn about other cultures”
— T.M., USA 2015/16
Trips Team

The Trips team organises and runs our weekly trips. Being a member of the Trips Committee is very rewarding, but the role entails a lot of work, including meeting deadlines and planning ahead. In return for your hard work, you can go on our trips for free, visit amazing places in Scotland and meet people from all over the world.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Ticket sales and promotion
  • Creating new trip opportunities
  • Doing research into new destinations for our trips
  • Running a trip, including going on the trip and making sure everything on the day proceeds as smoothly as possible

Time commitment: 

  • One monthly meeting 
  • Organising and going on 1 or 2 trips per semester