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Posts from the LSE Volunteer Centre

LSE Refugee Week 2017

It’s LSE 2017 Refugee Week from 6-9 February. Run by LSE SU STAR and UN Societies, with funding from the LSE Annual Fund, the aim of the week is to ‘explore the ‘untold stories’ of Refugees and provide an innovative perspective, one that goes beyond global media’s coverage of these catastrophes.’

Make sure to check out their various events on Facebook and […]

Top tips for overseas volunteering

Following our panel event on 26 January we asked the speakers to give their top tip to students looking to volunteer overseas. Below is what they had to say.

Martin Punaks – Head of Global Training and Advisory Services at Lumos.
Approach international volunteering with a learning-mindset. This means approaching the task with the view that you need to learn from […]

Being a Peer Support volunteer at LSE

Chloe Russell, BSc in Govenment, and Allan Rogers, BA in History,  have been volunteering as Peer Supporters, with the LSE Student Counselling Service, this academic year and in this blog they share their motivations, how they’ve made a difference and how other students can get involved.
LSE, while a great opportunity for many in both academic and volunteering terms, can […]

Calling on LSE to donate your socks!

Do you have a spare pair on socks that you can donate to Socks and Chocs to help homeless people in London? Millie Dessent, BSc International Relations 2018, is volunteering for the organisation and doing a sock collection at LSE. If you do have a few pairs of clean socks bring them to outside the ARC on Floor 1 of SAW to put […]

RAG Week 2017

It’s almost week 3 of Lent Term which can only mean one thing: LSESU RAG Week! During this week LSESU RAG raises money for some incredible charities so make sure you go along to their exciting events. See their Facebook page for more information. Below is the full list of events.


Food Fair: RAG week kicks off with a food […]

International Development Volunteering Fair 2017

On 31 January the LSE Volunteer Centre is hosting the International Development Volunteering Fair. With over 20 brilliant organisations attending, it is the perfect opportunity to find opportunities to volunteer at an international development organisation.
Where: The Venue
Time: 4:30-7pm
All the attending organisations are currently looking for volunteers or recruiting for paid roles, so come armed with questions! Read our recent blog on how […]

Make volunteering your new year’s resolution

We’re passionate about volunteering and believe that even more LSE students should take time to contribute to their communities. What better time to start than January 2017? We’re asking LSE students to make volunteering your new year’s resolution. Share your volunteering resolution on our Facebook wall or tweet us, using #LSEnewyearpledge.

Make sure you read about all the events we have planned […]

The Big Wrap: one-off volunteering at Ham House

On Wednesday 23 November, a group of LSE students travelled against the rush hour commuter traffic, crossed Waterloo Bridge and jumped on a train to leafy Richmond, as National Trust’s Ham House was in need of some help to prepare for the busy Christmas season ahead.

Each Christmas, the National Trust’s Ham House is brought to life with a Santa’s Grotto, which helps […]

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    Juggling studying, work and volunteering – is it possible?

Juggling studying, work and volunteering – is it possible?

Soon-to-graduate master’s student Rabia Nasimi reflects on her experiences balancing studying with working and volunteering whilst at LSE:
The 14 November was one of those days you count down towards, with great tension; sometimes wishing it would come quickly, and other times wanting time to drag its feet. Yes, unsurprisingly – it’s results day. For me, it was master’s results. Following […]

Insider tips – finding a job in the voluntary sector

Bobak Saadat studied BSc Social Anthropology at LSE, graduating in 2015. After interning at LSE Careers he’s now Fundraising Product Officer at Child.org, a small charity focused on supporting children through social enterprise. One of these products he manages is Charity Apprentice – the course in charity, run by charity professionals.
I had never worked in the voluntary sector before […]

Volunteering with ReachOut

We spoke to Prithvi Shashikant, MSc Management Science 2017, about his experiences on volunteering with ReachOut as a mentor since joining LSE.

How and where did you find out about ReachOut?
I found out about ReachOut through LSE CareerHub on the LSE Volunteer Centre website. I was looking for an opportunity to get involved as early as possible, and ReachOut was the first […]

Introducing the LSE Green Impact Project Assistants

We spoke to Jess Lobo about Green Impact at LSE and the wonderful Green Impact Project Assistants they recruit at LSE to help with their work.
Green Impact is a national environmental award scheme run across the country, now in its eighth year at LSE. It sees departments ranging from the Library to the Halls and LSE Cities to Catering, […]

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    “A big smile and a happy mind”: volunteering with Future Frontiers

“A big smile and a happy mind”: volunteering with Future Frontiers

Millie Dessent, a second year Intentional Relations student, currently volunteers as a Careers Coach for Future Frontiers. Future Frontiers is a London based charity that aims to “equip disadvantaged young people with the information, skills and mindsets to be able to realise their career aspirations”. Millie shares her experiences of volunteering below.

Through volunteering I have gained a greater understanding of […]

Volunteering for Talking Spaces

As part of London Student Volunteering Week, LSE Volunteering Ambassador Kirin shares with her you experience of volunteering for charityTalking Spaces.
Hi all, my name is Kiran and I am a PhD student at LSE. As its London Student Volunteering Week, I thought I would write a small piece to illustrate how much of an impact volunteering can make in […]

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    LSE volunteers restore ancient orchard and harvest apples for cider

LSE volunteers restore ancient orchard and harvest apples for cider

On Tuesday 1 November, a group of LSE Geography and Environment Students travelled to Mill Hill Broadway to spend the morning volunteering with The Orchard Project.

The Orchard Project is the only national charity dedicated solely to the creation, restoration and celebration of community orchards. They work closely with community groups in hubs around England and Scotland helping to plant new […]

How to volunteer sensitively and be aware of power dynamics

A blog from David Coles who is Volunteer Coordinator at LSE – where he helps connect students with over 400 charities.
Last week I spoke at the excellent ‘A refugee like me’ conference run by the Wonder Foundation at The Baytree Centre. The two day conference, attended by young people from many countries including the UK, Sweden and Slovenia, was all […]

London Student Volunteering Week

7-11 November is London Student Volunteering Week, and the LSE Volunteer Centre is bringing this city wide event to campus! To celebrate this special week, see what events are on offer and make sure you book on and sign up. We also hope to share with you various student volunteering blogs, so if you’re feeling inspired to share your […]

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    LSE graduate wins prestigious Team London volunteering award

LSE graduate wins prestigious Team London volunteering award

On 31 October Ashish Patel, BSc in Mathematics and Economics 2016, won the the Under 25’s category for Mentoring and Coaching in the Team London volunteering awards at City Hall for his work with IntoUniversity.

Ashish has volunteered over 200 hours at IntoUniversity’s education centre in East Ham since 2014 and in this time he has gone above and beyond to support their […]

Meet your Student Volunteering Ambassadors 2016/17

Each year the LSE Volunteer Centre recruits a number of  students to act as ambassadors for volunteering on-campus. This normally involves being on stalls around campus, posting blog entries and generally telling other LSE students how fantastic volunteering is! We’d like to introduce you to this year’s ambassadors and let them tell you why they signed up.

Alice Robinson
Hey! […]

Launching a report at parliament as a volunteer

Hsiang-Yun Lai, MSc in International Political Economy 2016, volunteered with the WONDER Foundation doing research for a report that was subsequently launched at Parliament. Here she writes about the work that she completed and what she learnt.
I have been interning with the Wonder Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation aiming at empowering vulnerable women and girls through education, since this April. My work is specifically on researching refugee […]

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