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Posts from the LSE Volunteer Centre

#GivingTuesday is back!

After the madness of Black Friday, #GivingTuesday is a chance for the LSE community together to show why it’s good to give. Run by the Charites Aid Foundation, and led by the Volunteer Centre and LSESU RAG on campus, the idea behind #GivingTuesday is to encourage people, charities and businesses to donate time, money or their voice to a […]

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Ending orphanage volunteering: get involved

The LSE Volunteer Centre has been working with a number of dedicated partners, as part of ReThink Orphanages, over the past few years to end volunteering in orphanages. In 2016 we launched our pledge that we will never promote such opportunities at LSE and since then many other universities have joined us. We’ve been delighted with its success with many organisations since […]

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Volunteering at Christmas

Staying in London this Christmas? Why not volunteer? There’s many reasons why volunteering can help you settle into London, but volunteering at Christmas will definitely get you into the festive mood. From helping to address homelessness to reducing food waste, there are plenty of different causes you can support this year.

You don’t have to commit to Christmas day itself; […]

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Meet Your Student Volunteering Ambassadors

Meet Your Student Volunteering Ambassadors

Every year the Volunteer Centre recruits a number of Student Volunteering Ambassadors to help inspire other students to volunteer. The following students will share their amazing experiences through blogs, social media and face-to-face on stalls outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. Without further ado, here they all are to introduce themselves…

Arya, Masters in […]

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    4 reasons why volunteering will help you settle in to London

4 reasons why volunteering will help you settle in to London

Volunteering during your time at LSE has many benefits but one of the biggest is that can help you settle in to London. It’s not unusual to feel a little overwhelmed when arriving in such a big city, starting on your course and trying to do all those others things that life throws at you. In this blog we […]

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Top tips to make the most of the Volunteering Fair

The LSE Volunteering Fair is just the first of the many events the Volunteer Centre has organised for you all this Michaelmas Term. At the Fair, you will have the chance to meet 50 of our partner charities, as well as us, and find out about all the opportunities available to you to volunteer on campus, in the local […]

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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 and inspiring 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 […]

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How to get your volunteering started

People often talk about why they volunteer. From benefiting communities and making a positive change, to finding new friends and developing skills: everyone has their own reasons why volunteering is for them, and all are valid. We talk a lot about the benefits of volunteering but often less about the how. Maybe you have decided you’d like to volunteer […]

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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 60 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 quickest way to get […]

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    Guest blog by Carole Reniero: Why volunteering is central to leading a happy and fulfilling life

Guest blog by Carole Reniero: Why volunteering is central to leading a happy and fulfilling life

Carole was one of our Student Volunteering Ambassadors in 2017/18. She helped inspire LSE students to volunteer, whilst still volunteering on the side. She has just graduated from her BSc in Social Anthropology here at the LSE and now works at CoachBright as a Programme Officer. Read on to find out why Carole thinks you should volunteer.
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Guest blog by Regina Legarte: Volunteering with Body & Soul

Regina Legarte, 3rd year Undergraduate Social Anthropology, did a voluntary summer internship with Body & Soul over the summer. She shares her experiences with you in this blog. Did Regina inspire you to volunteer with Body & Soul too? They currently have many opportunities on LSE CareerHub. Or use our new search system to find an opportunity at a different […]

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    Staff Spotlight: Barnaby Mollett on Becoming a School Governor

Staff Spotlight: Barnaby Mollett on Becoming a School Governor

This month’s Staff Spotlight, is LSE Careers Consultant, Barnaby Mollett. Aside from helping out LSE students with CV checks, cover letter rewrites and other general careers advice, he also volunteers as a school governor. Read on to find out about his experience and how you can find a similar role too.
I’m not 100% sure why I first decided to become a […]

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Online Volunteering – How to Get Started?

With your studies, part-time work, extra-curricular activities, as well as keeping up with your friends and family, trying to sneak in some time to volunteer can be difficult. Maybe with the little free time that you have, you would rather stay at home and relax. But did you know you don’t actually have to leave your home to get […]

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Exploring LSE: IntoUniversity Campus Visit

Back in January, the LSE Volunteer Centre and Faith Centre came together to host IntoUniversity, a charity that offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into University or another chosen aspiration. Whilst on campus, they got to know more about faith at LSE, and the young group of students in attendance were able to discover LSE […]

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    Guest Blog by Danial Alam: Volunteering with the Bar Pro Bono Unit

Guest Blog by Danial Alam: Volunteering with the Bar Pro Bono Unit

Danial Alam, LLB Law 2018, volunteered as a casework volunteer with the Bar Pro Bono Unit during his second year at the LSE. During this year, he also served as the Treasurer of the LSESU RAG. The Bar Pro Bono Unit is a charity which helps to find pro bono (free) legal assistance from volunteer barristers. Read on to find more about Danial’s […]

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Guest Blog by Chris Seow: Mentoring with ReachOut

Chris Seow, BSc Politics and International Relations 2019, volunteers with ReachOut at one of their Club projects alongside his degree. Chris is in his first year of mentoring at a Primary School in Tower Hamlets and is involved with the Students for Children Society at LSESU. Chris sat down with ReachOut and discussed his experience volunteering with the mentoring charity and […]

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    Guest Blog by Clare Yip: A Fun Evening with Youngsters in their 60s

Guest Blog by Clare Yip: A Fun Evening with Youngsters in their 60s

Clare Yip, MSc Management Information Systems and Digital Innovation 2018, is one of our Student Volunteering Ambassadors this academic year. This January, she led a group of students as they volunteered at the Young @ Heart 2018 Party organised by the Coin Street Community Builders. Read on to find more about her experiences and why not get involved with a […]

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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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    Getting started in international development – tips from an LSE alum

Getting started in international development – tips from an LSE alum

Before studying MSc Human Rights, Tianhui Gao studied UK and European human rights law at LSE as a general course student. Here she shares her experience of finding her passion post-graduation and how it’s helped to develop her career:
After my study of Human Rights at LSE, I had a difficult time – I had great passion to do something, […]

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