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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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Welcome to 2020: New Year, New Me

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 […]

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    Book your place for the European internships fair in Brussels!

Book your place for the European internships fair in Brussels!

What is the LSE Careers European internships fair?

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

This year the fair is taking place on Friday 28 February 2020 in the Sofitel Brussels Europe, and, […]

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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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LSE #GivingTuesday Round Up

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 […]

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After Black Friday, celebrate Giving Tuesday

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 […]

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    Guest blog by Francesca Castelo: volunteering with Think Pacific

Guest blog by Francesca Castelo: volunteering with Think Pacific

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. […]

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Volunteering at Christmas

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 […]

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    Guest Blog by Safae: Volunteering with Bookmark Reading Charity

Guest Blog by Safae: Volunteering with Bookmark Reading Charity

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 […]

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How volunteering helped my career

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 […]

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Meet your new Student Volunteering Ambassadors 2019/20

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 […]

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A night at the LSE Volunteering Launch 2019

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 […]

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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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4 steps to becoming a trustee

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 […]

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5 ways volunteering improves your chances of getting a job

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 […]

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5 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 community […]

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Five ways to kick start your volunteering this year

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 […]

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4 reasons why volunteering will help you settle into London

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 […]

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    Guest blog by Beth Wilson: Volunteering at the Literacy Pirates

Guest blog by Beth Wilson: Volunteering at the Literacy Pirates

‘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). […]

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Guest Blog: LSE Alumni Rosanna Hutchings

We’ve often raved about one of our amazing charity partners, the Literacy Pirates, so we were delighted to find out that they had recruited an LSE alumni as one of the Volunteer Coordinators! Since completing her masters (MSc Gender, Media & Culture, 2016),  Rosanna Hutchings has had a wealth of experience both in her career and her volunteering activities. […]

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