Tamsin Kiouzelis, a London Programme Officer at CoachBright studied MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities at the London School of Economics and coached pupils in GCSE Biology during her Master’s
year. She discusses the perks and wins of volunteering as a coach and explains why other LSE students should consider applying.
I first heard about CoachBright shortly after I started my Master’s at LSE – I saw a post in a Facebook group that really grabbed my attention. It captured my interest in engaging with local communities by
participating in a volunteering programme. Having always been involved in volunteering work throughout my Undergraduate studies, I was looking for a way to continue doing this when moving to London. I wanted to engage more with social mobility especially in the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased impact this had on education. In my studies, I was exploring the impact of inequality on intersectional identities and therefore wanted to actually be involved in my personal
Joining a community of fellow coaches who shared the same values was a really special experience. Despite coaching on zoom (because of the pandemic) there was a great coach community fostered by the CoachBright Head Coach and Programme Officer running my programme; this included briefs and debriefs, group chats and a social.
My biggest win (or wins) from volunteering with CoachBright, was building great rapport with the pupils I coached, whilst receiving their feedback each week and seeing them click with concepts. It was great to see them grow to love Biology more week by week.
Why Volunteer with CoachBright?
I would 100% recommend joining CoachBright as a volunteer as you will meet like-minded people as well as fantastic pupils and have a real impact on their lives. It’s a great opportunity to get stuck into a subject that you are enthusiastic and passionate about whilst helping to combat issues of social mobility and educational inequality. Join our team of like-minded coaches, change the rules and make a
difference to help close the educational gap in the UK.
You can find out more about volunteering with CoachBright here.
If you’re not currently volunteering because you’re not sure how to get involved the following can help:
- visit our website to learn more about what we do book a one-to-one appointment to discuss how we can help you find a suitable role browse one-off and ongoing opportunities on CareerHub. Volunteering has the potential to transform a university experience for LSE students and we look forward to inspiring many more to get involved in the upcoming academic year.