Volunteer Centre

Posts from the LSE Volunteer Centre

How to find a volunteer role in international development

In the LSE Volunteer Centre, we get a lot of students asking us how they can get volunteer in the international development sector. Some want to gain relevant experience, some want to change the world and some are simply keen to make a difference. However, it can sometimes be a challenge to find the right role with the right […]

Share

Student Volunteering Week 2020

During Week 4 of Lent Term (10-16 February), universities across the UK will be celebrating Student Volunteering Week 2020. It’s a whole week dedicated to celebrating the amazing work students do in their local and wider communities for free, by focusing on the way student volunteering:

Improves student wellbeing
Develops students’ employability
Contributes positively to the wider and local […]

Share
  • Permalink Gallery

    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 […]

Share
  • Permalink Gallery

    Student Volunteering Week 2020… how can LSESU societies get involved?

Student Volunteering Week 2020… how can LSESU societies get involved?

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 […]

Share

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 […]

Share
  • Permalink Gallery

    Guest blog by Jeanette Lee: Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas

Guest blog by Jeanette Lee: Volunteering with Crisis at Christmas

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 […]

Share

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 […]

Share

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 […]

Share
  • Permalink Gallery

    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. […]

Share

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 […]

Share
  • Permalink Gallery

    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 […]

Share

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 […]

Share

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 […]

Share

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 […]

Share
  • Permalink Gallery

    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 […]

Share

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 […]

Share

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 […]

Share

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 […]

Share

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 […]

Share

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 […]

Share

Bad Behavior has blocked 631 access attempts in the last 7 days.