Getting Involved


  • Please check out our ongoing community projects and volunteering opportunities on this page. 
  • If you have an idea for a community-led initiative, project or activity that will improve the community for all of us, contact getengaged@kaust.edu.sa


 Community Clubs and Projects

​Community Clubs

We have more than 25 active community clubs covering a wide range of sports, leisure and hobby activities, from cycling to photography, rugby to sewing. Community Clubs are run by community members and are a great way to learn or improve an activity, meet new friends and develop social connections. Community Clubs are important for adding to the interest, richness and diversity of our community.

If you don’t see a club that covers your hobby, start your own! If you have expertise or a passion about a particular sport, hobby or activity, you can share your knowledge with the community by offering a workshop, or starting a group or club.

Community Life can provide advice and space for your group or workshop, and marketing support. Contact getengaged@kaust.edu.sa for more information.

Community Kitchen

The Community Kitchen – located in Discovery Square - is a space where the community can come together to cook and eat food in a social environment. The kitchen can host cooking classes, live cooking demonstrations, cook and eat social evenings, celebrations of regional dishes and much more.

Community Library

The Community Library (also known as the Harbor Library) has a great location overlooking the harbor and has a number of spaces for groups to meet. Today, physical books are just one of the services that a community library can provide and libraries around the world are evolving to ensure they stay an important part of their communities. There is a project currently underway to better understand what our library should be providing to the community and to develop the space and programming. If you would like to be a part of this working group, e-mail getengaged@kaust.edu.sa.

Community Spaces

In our community we currently have a number of community spaces dedicated to community use - a clubhouse, a kitchen, a teen space, a garden, and a library. We are always exploring opportunities to develop new spaces for community use and are planning a community theater, a community gallery and an adult learning center in the future.

If you have any ideas for the use of spaces in our community, contact getengaged@kaust.edu.sa.

Community Wellness Programs

We offer a range of wellness programs which are delivered in collaboration with KAUST Health, Recreation and community members who are wellness practitioners. The Kickstart Wellness Program is currently underway and we will be offering more wellness programs in 2021. Check back often!

Dog Park

We are currently working with the Master Planning team to identify and develop a space (or spaces) in our community which can be developed into an attractive, permanent dog park. If you would like to be part of the working group to finalize and open the park, contact getengaged@kaust.edu.sa.

​KAUST Culture

Today in our KAUST community, 118 nationalities are represented. We will be forming a working group in 2021 to explore how we can better celebrate our multi-culturalism, understand what it means to be a global citizen in KAUST, and also to identify our KAUST culture.

Teen Space

The Teen Space is situated opposite Greens in the Harbor area and is open some evenings and weekends, as a hang-out space for the teens in our community (for Grades 7 to 12). Individuals and groups can get together to play games, watch TV, read books, or just sit and talk. We will be developing the teen space and working with the teens to offer more programming and activities around the community. If you would like to get involved in this, contact getengaged@kaust.edu.sa.


Other Volunteering Opportunities – Volunteers Needed!


There are many ways you can get involved in your community through volunteering, from annual events such as WEP or the KAUST Triathlon, getting involved with social responsibility activities with our neighboring towns of Thuwal and Qadimah, or offering your time and talents within the KAUST Community. Of course, not only do you help the effort, it is also a great way to meet new friends, get active and have some fun! In addition to the projects detailed above, other current volunteering opportunities include:


Community Reps

Would you like to represent your neighborhood or street in community matters? We are building a network of Community Reps, community members who know and represent their neighbors, ensure that communications reach them, organize social activities (such as street parties, neighborhood BBQs, etc.,) and support the work of the Community Development team in our mission to build a strong, vibrant community.

Second Chance Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop is currently preparing to re-open in a 'new normal' way and is always looking for volunteers to help with sorting donated items and manning the shop during opening hours.

Welcome Buddies

The ‘Welcome to KAUST’ program focuses on new families that are relocating to the KAUST community, building their awareness of the community before their arrival and helping them to settle in upon their arrival. The program is always looking for volunteers to act as ‘buddies’ to these new families. The more buddies we have, the easier it is to match them to the new families in terms of nationality, age, family make-up etc.

​TNR Program

The Trap, Neuter, Release Program has been successful in managing our indigenous cat populations in the community. The group of volunteers work hard to gather up community cats so they can be vaccinated, neutered/spayed and microchipped by the vet before being put back into the community. In this way, the cats are able to live healthy and happy lives and we are able to control our cat population.


  If you would like more information about any of the projects and volunteering opportunities, contact getengaged@kaust.edu.sa.





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