Volunteer Centre

Posts from the LSE Volunteer Centre

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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 […]

Volunteering with Age UK Islington

Josephine Field, MSc Social Policy 2016, was a Volunteer Adviser for Age UK Islington, spending time once a week conducting appointments with clients.  In this role, she helped clients with consumer disputes and with their benefits. It involved calling up government services and speaking with companies on their behalf and resolving a wide range of issues on behalf of many […]

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    Getting a job as a result of volunteering: a LSE graduate’s perspective

Getting a job as a result of volunteering: a LSE graduate’s perspective

Nadia-Rei Erlam currently works at the Gender Institute at LSE after graduating in MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities in 2015. In this blog Nadia-Rei explains how volunteering can really help in skills development for a future career.
I currently work at the Gender Institute at LSE supporting the administration team and in developing student-led resources. What I want to […]

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    How to make the most of your master’s degree and time at LSE

How to make the most of your master’s degree and time at LSE

Anna Vindics graduated from LSE with an MSc in Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy) in 2015. Based on her own experiences she shares some tips on getting the most from your MSc and your time at LSE.

Find ways to actively engage with what you’re learning
Forming study groups when you’re preparing for exams helps transfer passive knowledge to […]

Empowering women and girls through volunteering

Deren Phillips, BSc Social Policy 2016, volunteered with the WONDER Foundation this summer. Here she blogs about the work that she completed and how it’s helped in her degree.
This summer I spent two months volunteering with the WONDER Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims to empower vulnerable women and girls through education. My role over the past two months has […]

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    An LSE student’s experience of ‘Action at Home’ volunteering

An LSE student’s experience of ‘Action at Home’ volunteering

After receiving funding from LSE Careers, as part of the Santander Universities scheme, Richard Yeboah (BSc in Economic History) tells us about his work as an Action at Home Coordinator for charity Kickstart Ghana:

Working with KickStart Ghana this summer has been a really rewarding experience. My project to create a volunteers’ guide for returned volunteers has given me a […]

Greenwich Ecology Park: one-off volunteering

On Wednesday 12 October, a group of LSE students travelled away from the hustle and bustle of Aldwych and Waterloo, past Canary Wharf and headed east to North Greenwich. The students had signed up to spend their day volunteering as Nature Conservationists at Greenwich Ecology Park in conjunction with The Conservation Volunteers.

Nestled amongst building sites and bordering the river Thames, […]

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    How to make the most of your master’s degree and time at LSE

How to make the most of your master’s degree and time at LSE

Marc R. Claude (MSc Political Science and Political Economy) shares his insights into how you can make the most of your master’s degree and time at LSE:
There you are: you’ve got into the LSE. Congratulations; that is absolutely fantastic! Now, you might be wondering how to make the most of your time here. Therefore, here are my two cents […]

LSE graduate shortlisted for Team London volunteering award

We’re delighted to announce that recent LSE graduate Ashish Patel, BSc in Mathematics and Economics 2016, has been shortlisted for a Team London volunteering award for his work with IntoUniversity during his time at the School. Ashish finds out if he wins at a ceremony at City Hall on October 31st.

We asked Ashish how he felt and he said, “Being […]

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 […]

Volunteering at the British Museum

David Jonas, MSc in Anthropology and Development 2016, volunteered with the British Museum during his time at LSE and before. Here he talks about his experiences and what he enjoyed about his volunteering.
I started volunteering in the Department of Coins and Medals of the British Museum in January 2012. I finished in August 2016 and haven’t looked back since.  The experience […]

Introducing: the LSE Volunteer Centre

Welcome to all students from David Coles, LSE Volunteer Coordinator
Welcome to LSE or welcome back!

My name is David and I run the LSE Volunteer Centre. My 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 […]

Volunteering is all fun and games

Here Lydia Makin, BSc Environment and Development, shares how volunteering alongside her studies led to paid work in the environmental sector after graduation. Lydia is currently working on a project recruiting London Clean Air Volunteers. You can find out more about the role and how to apply on CareerHub!
Coming from the South Wales Valleys, networking connections are significantly lacking compared […]

Volunteering in Uganda: another side of the story

In her second blog about Lively Minds Susana Rubinstein shares her voluntary experiences. This blog post was originally published through the LSE IPA blog and we thank them for allowing us to share it.
A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog entry on the LSE Careers site about my experience volunteering for Lively Minds in Uganda, particularly about […]

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    The week I swapped Saw Swee Hock for Wiltshire and wellies – a staff volunteering account

The week I swapped Saw Swee Hock for Wiltshire and wellies – a staff volunteering account

Livi Shaw, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator used her five day staff volunteering leave available to all LSE staff, to volunteer  at Jamie’s Farm:
At the start of 2016 I set myself several New Year’s resolutions one of which was to make use of the five volunteering leave days provided at LSE.

My main challenge was to find a volunteering opportunity which would allow me […]

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