Martin Punaks is an international development consultant working at the interface between child protection and responsible volunteering. Over the last two decades he has lived and worked in the UK, India and Nepal designing and implementing innovative programmes to protect children and families. When practised responsibly and sustainably, Martin is a strong advocate for the benefits of volunteering. In this […]
Student Volunteering Week is a national week that celebrates the amazing work students do in their local and wider communities, acknowledged by universities, students and charities across the UK. It celebrates student volunteering by focusing on the way it:
Improves student wellbeing
Develops students’ employability
Contributes positively to the wider and local community life
This year, Student Volunteering Week will […]
Taking a look back over the decade
Here at the LSE Volunteer Centre we’ve been taking a look back, not only at the last year, but at the last decade! Over the years we’ve celebrated eight LSE Volunteer Awards, where we recognised the amazing work that LSE students have done through volunteering. Read about our most recent awards in our blog […]
Last year LSE Law student, Jeanette Lee, volunteered with one of our fantastic charity partners Crisis over the Christmas period. The festive season can be a critical time of the year for people who are homeless, but Crisis at Christmas strive to provide immediate help during the season for those affected by homelessness. If you want to volunteer this Christmas […]
On Tuesday 3 December, LSE played its part in this year’s #GivingTuesday along with over 3000 charities and businesses across the UK, and even more across the world. #GivingTuesday messages were tweeted by lots of celebrities and even beamed on top of the BT Tower, here in London. Together with LSESU RAG, the LSE Volunteer Centre brought #GivingTuesday to […]
You’ll have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what is #GivingTuesday? Well, after two days of spending madness, Giving Tuesday is an international day dedicated to giving back to society. But what can you give? Donating money is often the first thing that comes to mind, but you can also give your time (volunteering), share your skills […]
Knowing what to do over your summer break can be hard, but lots of students choose to volunteer. Check out this interview with Francesca Castelo (BA Geography 2019) who volunteered with Think Pacific, an organisation that works in the Pacific islands to deliver sustainable projects, in partnership with the population.
What Were Your Project Highlights?
Hearing the volunteers enjoy their project. […]
Staying in London over the winter break? Why not volunteer? There’s many reasons why volunteering can help you settle into London, but volunteering during the university holidays will help you get into the festive mood and get you involved in your community. From helping to address homelessness to reducing food waste, there are plenty of different causes you can […]
Bookmark Reading is helping children develop the literacy skills they need to succeed in school and beyond, by creating flexible volunteering at the heart of our communities. Volunteers work one-to-one with a child at a local school during 30-minute sessions, helping them to improve their reading skills, expand their vocabulary and find enjoyment in reading.
Bookmark volunteers provide crucial support […]
There can be controversy surrounding the idea that volunteering is beneficial to your career. There is a suggestion that people should volunteer for others, not just to improve their opportunities. Connected to this is the myth that student volunteers only volunteer to put something on their CVs. However, volunteering isn’t a ‘zero-sum game’ and everyone can gain. Our research […]
Every year we work with a group of students who are passionate about volunteering and who also want to inspire the rest of the student body to volunteer. They’ll be sharing their amazing volunteering experiences through blogs, Instagram and face-to-face on stalls with us. So without further-ado, we’d like to hand over to our Student Volunteering Ambassadors to introduce […]
On Monday 21 October, over 50 LSE students, staff, governors and charities gathered together to kick-start another fantastic year of student volunteering at LSE. We were joined by the LSE Director, LSE SU RAG President and the General Secretary of the LSE Student’s Union. Over 40% of the student body at LSE volunteers their time towards giving back to […]
Guest blog by LSE Alumni Lewis Humphreys: Volunteering as an International Citizen Service Team Leader
It was an hour into the king’s forty-ninth birthday party, and I’d just finished an interview for the local TV network when I decided volunteering overseas was probably my best life decision.
Over the next few months, I co-led an International Citizen Service (ICS) Livelihoods project in Enugu State in the south east of Nigeria. By the end of the […]
Volunteering opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, 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 that is likely […]
Volunteering is good for you in so many different ways. We know that it can have a positive impact on wellbeing and our own research shows that students are more likely to feel part of LSE if they volunteer. But we also know how volunteering can improve your chances of getting a paid job!
Know what job you […]
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 community […]
So you’ve just started at LSE, or you’ve returned after a long summer break, and you want to get your volunteering started. But how? But who? But what? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered with these five great opportunities to kick start the year!
1. Have a good think
It sounds a little simple and obvious, but it’s really important that […]
Volunteering during your time at LSE has many benefits, but one of the biggest is that it can help you settle into 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 other things that life throws at you. In this blog, we […]
Welcome to LSE or welcome back!
I’m David and I’m the Volunteer Centre Manager, here at LSE. Our job is to help you find rewarding volunteering opportunities for causes you are passionate about, during your time at LSE.
We have a really diverse number of opportunities available to students and there are currently 180+ opportunities on LSE CareerHub, our online vacancy board. […]
‘Attention on deck’
‘Aye aye captain’
Most of the time I would absolutely cringe when asked to do any kind of acting, but on a Thursday afternoon I can be found proudly saluting the captain at the Hackney Pirate’s ship.
Once a week I volunteer with the Literacy Pirates, who help kids from the local schools with their literacy (reading and writing). […]