Volunteer Centre

Posts from the LSE Volunteer Centre

Volunteering opportunities of the week

Haven’t decided what volunteering opportunity you want to do? Check out our volunteering opportunities of the week and pick your favourite! Also don’t forget to check out our one-off volunteering programme. We’ve added two new one-offs and bookings are now open. So get your friends together and sign up for a one-off!
Volunteering opportunities of the week

Web designer

Finance Support Office Volunteer

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World Mental Health day – volunteering opportunities

Every year on 10 October World Mental Health day takes place. Research has shown that by volunteering you can not only help improve other people’s well-being but also your own. Therefore, we’ve selected the following six volunteering opportunities related to mental health and well-being for you.
Volunteering opportunities of the week

Befriend a vulnerable adult

Ambassador

Support people affected by mental illness

Well-being Volunteer

Helpline […]

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Top tips to make the most of the Volunteering Fair

1) Research the organisations that are attending
By doing a little bit of research on each organisation before the fair, you will gain a better idea of the areas they work in and the current opportunities they have available. This will allow you to ask the representatives more specific, in-depth questions about each role. Make sure you download the brochure […]

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Introducing the Volunteer Centre

Welcome to all students from David Coles, LSE Volunteer Centre Manager.
Welcome to LSE or welcome back!

My name is David and I run the LSE Volunteer Centre. Our job is to help students find rewarding volunteering opportunities during their time at LSE.

We have a really diverse number of opportunities available to students and they are currently listed on LSE CareerHub, regardless of whether your […]

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    Join a team of LSE students for a one-off volunteering opportunity

Join a team of LSE students for a one-off volunteering opportunity

The programme
We’ve created the one-off volunteering programme to give you a chance to do something good whilst meeting other LSE students. It’s also an opportunity to explore London and experience what it’s like to volunteer in the UK. No previous volunteering experience is needed so everyone can come along. A member of the Volunteer Centre will meet student volunteers on […]

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Carole’s top tip for students: volunteer!

Carole Reniero (BA Social Anthropology 2018) is a Head Coach at CoachBright. She wrote a blogpost on her volunteering experiences and CoachBright let us share it with you. If this inspires you to volunteer with CoachBright then make sure to apply by 28 September 2017 to become an Education Coach. The organisation will also come to the LSE Volunteering Fair on Monday 2 October […]

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    Come talk to charities during #CharityTuesday in Michaelmas Term

Come talk to charities during #CharityTuesday in Michaelmas Term

#CharityTuesday
Every Tuesday during term, the LSE Volunteer Centre invites a different charity to campus for Charity Tuesdays. #CharityTuesday started on social media platforms several years ago as a way of generating conversations and sharing thoughts about the third sector. It offers a great chance to find out more about the breadth of the sector and chat to current employees, but also aims […]

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A week in the life of an ICS Team Leader

Guest blog by LSE alum Rosie Coleman (BSc International Relations 2013):
I’m currently volunteering in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali as a Team Leader and consultant on an International Citizen Service placement. ICS is a government initiative that enables young British volunteers to work overseas with one of eight partner charities, all carrying out incredible development projects in some the world’s […]

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Interning in Body & Soul’s HIV programme

Kristen Hagemeister (MSc Development Studies 2017) has been interning in Body & Soul’s HIV programme for the past three months. Working in the Children’s Centre, she has interacted closely with children and their parents. This has given her a unique insight into the lives of people affected by HIV. Here, as her internship draws to a close, she reflects […]

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    Calling all charities – get involved with the LSE Volunteer Centre

Calling all charities – get involved with the LSE Volunteer Centre

The LSE Volunteer Centre connects students with charities to help them find rewarding volunteering opportunities. About 40 percent of our students currently volunteer during their time at LSE and we aim to increase this number even further. We’re therefore always on the lookout for interesting volunteering opportunities.
How can you get involved?
Upload your opportunities on our vacancy board
The easiest and […]

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5 things we learned from our student volunteering research

In July we released the results of our annual student volunteering survey. 1,779 students responded, making it our most comprehensive set of results yet. We put students at the heart of everything we do in the Volunteer Centre so listening to their opinions is crucial to making improvements.

So what what did we learn? How are students benefitting from volunteering? When are […]

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    Charities satisfied with the impact of LSE student volunteers

Charities satisfied with the impact of LSE student volunteers

Research completed by the LSE Volunteer Centre shows that 100% of organisations who recruited volunteers from LSE have been satisfied with their impact.
Key findings

96% would recommend the LSE Volunteer Centre to other organisations recruiting volunteers.
30.4% of charities have had LSE students go on to do paid work for them after volunteering.
The primary reason charities work with […]

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Volunteering roles of the week

Frontline Children’s Support

Corporate Partnerships

Policy and Influencing Intern #CancerCosts

Women’s Basic Computer Skills Teacher

Business Development

Database and Membership

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5 ways volunteering improves your chances of getting a job

Volunteering is good for you, in more ways than one. We know that students who volunteer at LSE say they feel more a part of the School, and research shows that volunteering can do all manner of positive things including increasing your sense of wellbeing. But volunteering can also can improve your chances of getting a job:
1. Know what […]

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J.K. Rowling: ‘Volunteer in the right way’

The founder of Lumos, J.K. Rowling, has given an interview explaining the motivations behind setting up the charity. The aim is to end child institutionalisation by 2050 and prevent the damage that well meaning donors and volunteers can do when working with orphanages across the world.

She says: ‘Be careful how you give. Even if you are giving with the […]

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Students say volunteering improves their LSE experience

Research completed by the LSE Volunteer Centre shows that 69.6% of students who volunteer feel this has improved their university experience.

Key findings

The biggest motivator for LSE students to volunteer is because they want to ‘improve things’, with 87.7% of respondents agreeing with this statement.
94% of those that do volunteer would recommend it to a friend.
76.7% think that […]

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How to get your first job in the charity sector

The not-for-profit sector has always been an attractive option for experienced people who reach a stage in their careers where making a difference and feeling a sense of personal satisfaction become more important than status or financial reward. With their compelling causes and varied career paths, charities are now attracting a much wider range of applicants, including those looking […]

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    How travelling helped me reflect on my career and decide what to do next

How travelling helped me reflect on my career and decide what to do next

Guest blog by LSE alum Rosie Coleman (BSc International Relations 2013):

I’d never taken a gap year. My travels had been holidays rather than extended periods spent overseas. After graduating from LSE in 2013, I’d always been too scared to take time out, terrified of those dreaded CV gaps. That was until last September.

Despite having built the foundations of a […]

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International development volunteering in London

Joseph Carroll (MSc Conflict Studies 2017) volunteered with Teach A Man To Fish as an International Programmes Assistant after encountering their team at the annual LSE Careers International Development Volunteering Fair in January. We chatted with him to see what it was like to volunteer for the organisation. They’re currently recruiting an International Programmes Assistant so why not apply if Joseph’s experience sounds […]

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Why volunteering should be prized

LSE alum Bobak Saadat (BSc in Social Anthropology 2015) is now Fundraising Product Officer at Child.org. He delivered an amazing speech at our annual LSE Volunteers event on 27 April in which he highlighted the importance of volunteering and we didn’t want to keep this from you. So read on for Bobak’s inspirational perspective on volunteering:

Why volunteering should be prized
I […]

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