Posts from the LSE Volunteer Centre
After the madness of Black Friday, Giving Tuesday is a chance for the LSE community to come together to show why it’s good to give. Run by the Charities Aid Foundation the idea behind #GivingTuesday is to encourage people, charities and businesses to donate time, money or their voice to help a good cause.
The LSE Volunteer Centre and LSESU RAG are giving you […]
David Coles, LSE Volunteer Centre Manager, shares what he learnt through chairing the London Student Volunteering Network over the past two years.
With my last meeting as the London Chair for the Student Volunteering Network coming up it seems like a good time to reflect on how I’ve found the role and, hopefully, share some insight with new chairs or potential ones. […]
Student Volunteering Ambassadors
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 on Instagram and our blog and generally telling other LSE students how fantastic volunteering is!
All ambassadors have lots of great volunteering experience so we’re really excited to introduce you to this year’s […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Research completed by the LSE Volunteer Centre shows that 100% of organisations who recruited volunteers from LSE have been satisfied with their impact.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Research completed by the LSE Volunteer Centre shows that 69.6% of students who volunteer feel this has improved their university experience.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
Selina Wan, BSc Economics, has been volunteering as a Volunteer Adviser for Age UK Islington since October 2016, coming in once a week for appointments with clients at a community drop-in. After in-depth training, and shadowing other volunteer advisers, she now helps clients with a range of issues. As an adviser, she helps clients find their way around online […]