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About David Coles

I am the Volunteer Coordinator at LSE. My aim is to help LSE students find rewarding volunteering opportunities, facilitating their personal development whilst contributing to society. Check out the Volunteer Centre @ LSE Careers website for information on how you can get involved.

LSE Volunteering Awards 2019

The LSE Volunteer Centre is on the lookout for nominees for the LSE Volunteer of the Year award and the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award. The winners will be announced at our annual LSE Volunteers event in summer term.

If you know of an LSE student or organisation that should be recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty then […]

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    5 steps to get the most out of international development volunteering

5 steps to get the most out of international development volunteering

Getting experience in a particular field through volunteering can really make your CV and application stand out when applying for roles, and this is especially true in the international development sector. 

The LSE Volunteer Centre and LSE Careers work with many charities and development organisations each year that provide opportunities to students. For a chance to meet some of these […]

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Ending orphanage volunteering: get involved

The LSE Volunteer Centre has been working with a number of dedicated partners, as part of ReThink Orphanages, over the past few years to end volunteering in orphanages. In 2016 we launched our pledge that we will never promote such opportunities at LSE and since then many other universities have joined us. We’ve been delighted with its success with many organisations since […]

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    4 reasons why volunteering will help you settle in to London

4 reasons why volunteering will help you settle in to London

Volunteering during your time at LSE has many benefits but one of the biggest is that can help you settle in to London. It’s not unusual to feel a little overwhelmed when arriving in such a big city, starting on your course and trying to do all those others things that life throws at you. In this blog we […]

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Top tips to make the most of the Volunteering Fair

The LSE Volunteering Fair is just the first of the many events the Volunteer Centre has organised for you all this Michaelmas Term. At the Fair, you will have the chance to meet 50 of our partner charities, as well as us, and find out about all the opportunities available to you to volunteer on campus, in the local […]

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Introducing the Volunteer Centre

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 and inspiring 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 […]

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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 […]

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Online Volunteering – How to Get Started?

With your studies, part-time work, extra-curricular activities, as well as keeping up with your friends and family, trying to sneak in some time to volunteer can be difficult. Maybe with the little free time that you have, you would rather stay at home and relax. But did you know you don’t actually have to leave your home to get […]

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A week in the life of an ICS Team Leader

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 poorest communities.

I […]

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5 things we learned from our student volunteering research

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 benefiting from volunteering? When are they doing it? And […]

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Nominees for LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2017

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 are:

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LSE Volunteer of the Year 2017 nominations

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, as all […]

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4 steps you need to take to become a trustee for a charity

Diversity on trustee boards

Volunteering opportunities come in all sorts of forms so there ought to be something for everyone. Unfortunately, certain opportunities are more likely to be filled by people from particular groups. Take trustee positions; the average board member seems to be white, older, middle class, and male. When charity boards are not representative of society at large […]

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LSE Volunteering Awards 2017

The LSE Volunteer Centre is on the lookout for nominees for the LSE Volunteer of the Year award and the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award. The winners will be announced at our annual LSE Volunteers event on 27 April 2017.

If you know of an LSE student or organisation that should be recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty […]

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How to volunteer sensitively and be aware of power dynamics

By David Cole.

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 about opening up discussions about refugees in the UK and practical advice about how to volunteer for this cause. Along with Mae Parreño (the […]

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Getting into the charity sector

A blog from David Coles who is Volunteer Coordinator at LSE – where he helps connect students with over 400 charities. Thank you to child.org for allowing us to share it:
Alongside working for LSE, David is also a trustee at KickStart Ghana, an education and sports NGO based in Ghana and a supporting member of the Better Care, Better […]

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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 […]

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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 but are not […]

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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 […]

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Children as products – the reality of orphanage voluntourism

This post was originally published on travindo.com. Read the original article here.

Every marketer knows that competitions and prizes are a great way to pull in potential new customers. Playing on our desires for better clothing, better houses or better bodies, plus our love of getting something for nothing, is a clever way to promote products. Selling new and different […]

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