Posts from the LSE Volunteer Centre
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 […]
Future Frontiers has done brilliant work over the past year and many LSE students got involved. We were therefore delighted to award the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award to them the LSE Volunteers event on 27 April based on their involvement of activities on campus, quality of the opportunities open to LSE students, number of recruits and feedback […]
Ever wondered what the LSE Sustainability team does and how you can get involved? We talked to the team about three of its Sustainable LSE projects in which student volunteers are integral – read on for more!
The impact of LSE student volunteers
The LSE Sustainability team is soon to host its annual Celebration of Sustainability event to celebrate all the […]
While studying for her MSc in Human Rights, Tazeen Dhanani has managed to volunteer for a range of organisations and she was one of our a Student Volunteering Ambassadors. The numbers of hours that Tazeen put in is impressive, but her dedication to volunteering is even more so. We were therefore delighted to award Tazeen the LSE Volunteer of the […]
After the great success of our #JustOneHour campaign, the LSE Volunteer Centre now presents the #JustOneMinute campaign. We understand you’re all very busy with revision so you might not have a spare hour at the moment as you’re probably living in the library, surrounded by your (stressed) fellow students and the smells of take-away food.
Breaks are however extremely important during revision time […]
On 27 April the LSE Volunteer Centre and LSESU RAG Society hosted their annual event to celebrate volunteering and fundraising at LSE. Over 60 people attended representing the student body, including LSE Students’ Union, various parts of the School, and charities that have recruited students over the past year as volunteers and fundraisers.
The achievements of LSE students over the past year have […]
The LSE Volunteer Centre is delighted to announce the nominees for the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award, won by The Wonder Foundation in 2016.
This year eight organisations have been nominated based on their involvement of activities on campus, quality of the opportunities open to LSE students, number of recruits and feedback from students who have volunteered with them. The nominees […]
This year, the LSE Volunteer Centre was fortunate enough to receive nominations for 27 students for the LSE Volunteer of the Year award. We’d like to take this change to give a massive shout out to all nominees. You’re volunteering has been invaluable and your nomination is a recognition of your great efforts! Selecting a winner will therefore be challenging, […]
What does a school governor do?
The main responsibilities of the governing body are to:
set the strategic direction of the school
hold the headteacher to account
oversee the financial performance of the school
Typically, with school visits, reading and meetings, you might expect to spend 10-15 hours per term on the role. As well as the obvious benefits to schools […]