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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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Volunteering: Law Student Special

Lots of students across the school volunteer in their spare time. Our Student Volunteering Ambassador, Jennifer, has been talking to her fellow peers in LSE Law Department in the run up to Student Volunteering Week. From this she found out that lots of law students were also volunteering, and not just in pro-bono work! Here’s some amazing quotes, and […]

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Guest Blog by Arya Gerard: Volunteering with FoodCycle

A Student Volunteering Week Special! Here’s one of five fantastic blogs that we’re posting this week to celebrate Student Volunteering week. This one is from one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors, Arya, and their experience volunteering for FoodCycle.
I believe that no one should go hungry. It was that belief that spurred me to dabble in food waste based volunteering in Birmingham […]

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    Guest Blog by Annie Thomlinson: 5 Different Ways to Volunteer

Guest Blog by Annie Thomlinson: 5 Different Ways to Volunteer

A Student Volunteering Week Special! Here’s one of five fantastic blogs that we’re posting this week to celebrate Student Volunteering week. This one is from one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors, Annie Thomlinson. Keep reading to find out some of the amazing ways you can get involved in volunteering from a students’ perspective…
Volunteering is more than simply making coffee, […]

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    Guest Blog by Maelys Hohagen: Exploring the ethics of overseas volunteering

Guest Blog by Maelys Hohagen: Exploring the ethics of overseas volunteering

A Student Volunteering Week Special! Here’s one of five fantastic blogs that we’re posting this week to celebrate Student Volunteering week. This one is from one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors, Maelys. She explores the ethics of overseas volunteering, it’s connection to social media and explores the ‘white saviour syndrome’.
Yes, volunteering abroad is amazing. You get to travel, to […]

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How to volunteer sensitively and be aware of power dynamics

Power dynamics isn’t something that often comes up when volunteering is discussed but understanding your role as a volunteer in the relationship with the beneficiary can determine the success of a programme. In this piece David Coles, LSE Volunteer Centre Manager, shares some of his failings, what he learnt and some tips to ensure that you volunteer in a […]

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    Volunteering with LSE Student Division of Lawyers Without Borders

Volunteering with LSE Student Division of Lawyers Without Borders

On Tuesday 22 January, the LSE Volunteer Centre will be collaborating with the LSE Student Division of Lawyers Without Borders to bring students a one-off volunteering session to transcribe anti-slavery manuscripts. The session will run from 1pm-3pm in LSE LIFE, and is a chance for LSE students to get involved in discovering the correspondence between anti-slavery activists! 

What is Lawyers Without Borders?
Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) is an international non-profit […]

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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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Welcome to 2019!

 

We’ve had a great 2018 at the LSE Volunteer Centre, with students donating hundreds of hours to volunteering across London and internationally. A great success this year has been our One-Off sessions ranging from knitting to transcribing, wrapping presents to Writing for Rights!

Now it’s time to think about 2019… We all know about the cheesy ‘new year, new me’ narrative, but […]

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Guest Blog by May: Charity Week at LSE

May was one of the key organisers of Charity Week at LSE from the Islamic Society. Read on to find out about the success of the week…
Charity Week is Islamic Relief’s flagship fundraising campaign which invites volunteers all over the world to raise money for orphans and needy children. Each year, over 200 institutions come together planning bake sales, […]

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    Guest blog by Jennifer Fernandez: Volunteering over the summer

Guest blog by Jennifer Fernandez: Volunteering over the summer

The holidays between university are a time for relaxing, regaining strength and going on adventures. Jennifer Fernandez, LLB Law 2020, is undergoing her second year as one of your Student Volunteering Ambassadors. Jennifer tells us about her experience of volunteering over the summer and how it helped her to de-stress.
After a stressful end of term, I crashed into the summer […]

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    Book your place at the European Internships Fair in Brussels!

Book your place at the European Internships Fair in Brussels!

What is the LSE Careers European Internships Fair?

Our annual careers fair in Brussels, run in collaboration with Sciences Po in Paris and the College of Europe in Bruges, is a must for any students interested in working in public affairs and policy within the European Institutions and associated organisations.

This year the fair is taking place on Friday 22 February 2019 and, […]

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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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Volunteering at Christmas

Staying in London this Christmas? Why not volunteer? There’s many reasons why volunteering can help you settle into London, but volunteering at Christmas will definitely get you into the festive mood. From helping to address homelessness to reducing food waste, there are plenty of different causes you can support this year.

You don’t have to commit to Christmas day itself; […]

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Guest blog by Regina Legarte: Volunteering with Body & Soul

Regina Legarte, 3rd year Undergraduate Social Anthropology, did a voluntary summer internship with Body & Soul over the summer. She shares her experiences with you in this blog. Did Regina inspire you to volunteer with Body & Soul too? They currently have many opportunities on LSE CareerHub. Or use our new search system to find an opportunity at a different […]

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From LSE to the Fast Stream

Guest blog from Nathan Prakash Paterson, who graduated with a BSc Economic History with Economics degree in 2014 from the London School of Economics. During his time at university he completed the Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) before spending time overseas with an NGO in Kenya and the graduate management consulting programme of a multinational firm.

He then […]

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Five biotech career options for non-scientists

Guest post by LSE MSc in International Management alumnus, Yannick Skop:
It has been a booming decade for biotech, not just in the stock market, but also in real, impactful advances in human knowledge. Just as I started writing this blog post, we learn that for the very first time, scientists have managed to edit the faulty DNA of embryos, preventing […]

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    Engaging, learning and fun: an experience of working with a Chinese think tank on Sustainability

Engaging, learning and fun: an experience of working with a Chinese think tank on Sustainability

Guest blog by A.Rong (LSE PhD) who has worked with Chinese think tank Rock Environment and Energy Institute (REEI).

Representatives, including interns, of REEI are attending our 2017 Beijing Careers Fair on Monday 14 August. Book now for the chance to meet them and learn more about their opportunities!
In the academic year 2016/7, I came back to my home country […]

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How to get your first job in the charity sector

The not-for-profit sector has always been an attractive option for experienced people who reach a stage in their careers where making a difference and feeling a sense of personal satisfaction become more important than status or financial reward. With their compelling causes and varied career paths, charities are now attracting a much wider range of applicants, including those looking […]

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Want to know how to write for Members of Parliament?

Guest blog by Henrik Bliddal who is Director of NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s Science and Technology Committee and its Research Assistant Programme:

As a director at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA), it is my job to compose first drafts of reports for members of parliament (MPs) from North America or Europe. Ultimately, the MPs are the authors of these reports which provide analysis and […]

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