Volunteer Centre

Posts from the LSE Volunteer Centre

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 […]

LSE student’s volunteering recognised by FCO

Marc R. Claude, MSc in Political Science and Political Economy 2016, was recently recognised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for his volunteering efforts. Here he talks about his impressions of the voluntary sector in the UK and his award.
Volunteering vibrantly thrives in London and in the UK. Earlier this year, the UK capital won the European Volunteering Capital […]

Refugee Week at LSE

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.

LSE has a long history of working with refugee […]

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    Dumisani Gwakuba – Outstanding Contribution to the LSE Community award

Dumisani Gwakuba – Outstanding Contribution to the LSE Community award

We were delighted to award Dumisani Gwakuba with the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to the LSE Community award at the LSE Volunteers celebratory event on 28 April. Dumisani, through his volunteering, has shown a huge amount of dedication to improving the experiences of other LSE students over the past year. We caught up with him to see how he felt about the award and […]

Experiences of an LSE student volunteering overseas

Anna Vindics, MSc in Social Policy (EU and Comparative Social Policy) 2015, volunteered in the UK and Ghana with KickStart Ghana during her time at LSE. Here she talks about her experience and the impact volunteering made:
Volunteering with KickStart Ghana was a life-changing experience for me as it helped me to discover what I am truly passionate about: international […]

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    The Wonder Foundation – LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year

The Wonder Foundation – LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year

We were delighted to award The Wonder Foundation the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award at the LSE Volunteers celebratory event in April. The Wonder Foundation have shown a continued commitment to supporting LSE students to make a difference. We spoke to Olivia Darby, Director of Policy and Campaigns, about how the charity felt about winning.
The Wonder Foundation, it’s safe to say, is people […]

Chris Fairley – LSE Volunteer of the Year 2016

We were delighted to award Chris Fairley with the LSE Volunteer of the Year award at the LSE Volunteers celebratory event on 28 April. Chris has shown a huge amount of dedication to volunteering, over the past year. We caught up with him to see how he felt about the award and what he would say to other LSE students who […]

Charity applications to 2016 LSE Volunteering Fair open

The LSE Volunteer Centre is delighted to open charity applications for the 2016 LSE Volunteering Fair.
When: Monday 3 October 2016 5pm – 8pm
Where: LSE Campus
Cost: Free
Applications close: 22 August 2016
The fair is aimed at facilitating contact between charities and LSE students who are interested in volunteering. The fair is at the beginning of the academic year when interest in […]

Students say volunteering improves their LSE experience

Research completed by the LSE Volunteer Centre shows that 67.6% of students who volunteer feel that this has improved their university experience. Other key findings include:

The biggest motivator for LSE students to volunteer is because they want to ‘improve things’, with 90.5% of respondents agreeing with this statement.
94% of those that do volunteer would recommend it to a friend.
77.9% think that […]

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    Universities have a duty to stop promoting orphanage volunteering

Universities have a duty to stop promoting orphanage volunteering

Blog by David Coles, LSE Volunteer Coordinator, trustee of KickStart Ghana, and a supporting member of the Better Volunteering, Better Care Network:

At LSE we’re incredibly passionate about volunteering and the role that students play in changing the world for the better. Our most recent research shows that almost 50% of our undergraduates volunteer during their time at LSE, something […]

Finance careers in the charity sector

Guest blog by David Thorp, FP&A Assistant Analyst at VSO International:
Having a job or a career that works towards the end goal of helping people and contributing to society is something that has always been important to me. But not having a clear ‘dream job’ coming out of school and university, exactly how I would be able to do […]

Children as products: The reality of orphanage voluntourism

Lamorna Byford is a social researcher based in London. She has undertaken research for think tanks, brands and charities and is now a research fellow for the Better Volunteering, Better Care initiative. She holds an MSc in the Social Anthropology of Cognition from the London School of Economics, during which she focused on how children form attachments to the […]

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