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Guest blog by Joshua Akinpelu: what is voluntourism?

To celebrate Student Volunteering Week, we’ll be releasing a blog every day this week written by one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors! Second up is Joshua Akinpelu, a second year BSc Accounting and Finance student, who is exploring voluntourism to get the conversation started ahead of Thursday’s event. We’ll be screening the film, The Voluntourist, followed by an open […]

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Guest blog by Crystal Isaac: My experience with ICS

To celebrate Student Volunteering Week, we’ll be releasing a blog every day this week written by one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors! First up is Crystal Isaac, a third year BSc Philosophy and Economics student, who spent the summer before she joined LSE in Uganda with ICS. If you want to get involved with Student Volunteering Week this week, […]

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    Guest blog by Martin Punaks: International volunteering – can it be done ethically?

Guest blog by Martin Punaks: International volunteering – can it be done ethically?

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 […]

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    Cracking international development careers: from application to entry

Cracking international development careers: from application to entry

In this guest blog LSE alumna Ria Sen (MSc Media, Communication and Development 2012), shares her insights on where to start if you’re interested in a career in international development.
The international development sector needs passionate professionals to meet aspirational development goals. A challenge is the demand for such jobs often far outweighs supply. How to make a mark, when […]

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    Guest blog by LSE Alumni Lewis Humphreys: Volunteering as an International Citizen Service Team Leader

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 […]

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LSE Volunteer of the Year 2019 Nominations: Part One

The LSE Volunteer Centre has had a record breaking year for nominations for LSE Volunteer of the Year Award 2019, with 38 different students being put forward by charities, fellow LSE students and LSE members of staff. We’re incredibly proud to be home to so many committed, enthusiastic and passionate student volunteers. The winner will be announced at the […]

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    Developing a CV for international development and communications

Developing a CV for international development and communications

Guest blog by alumnus Lee Bailey, MSc Development Studies 2012-2013 and Director of Communications at the Natural Resource Governance Institute.
I recently had the pleasure of returning to LSE to speak with a number of students about their interests in the international development space, as well as communications work. As the director of communications at a policy institute/NGO, I felt I had some […]

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