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LSE Volunteer Centre
Floor 5
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
1 Sheffield Street
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Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6519
Email: volunteer@lse.ac.uk
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Tuesdays 10-11am.
Fridays 2-4pm.
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LSE Volunteer Centre

  • Welcome to the LSE Volunteer Centre!

We are here to help LSE students find a volunteering placement at a charity or not-for-profit organisation during your time studying at LSE. We can offer a range of volunteering opportunities for students to get involved in whether they have one hour or two days a week to spare.
We can offer a wealth of advice on volunteering in London and internationally and how you can make the best use of your opportunities to make a difference in the world and help gain new skills for your future careers.

Universities have a duty to stop promoting orphanage volunteering

Blog by David Coles, LSE Volunteer Coordinator, trustee of KickStart Ghana, and a supporting member of the Better Volunteering, Better Care Network: At LSE we’re incredibly passionate about volunteering and the role that students play in changing the world for the better. Our most recent research shows that almost 50% of our undergraduates volunteer during their time at LSE, something […]


Finance careers in the charity sector

Guest blog by David Thorp, FP&A Assistant Analyst at VSO International: Having a job or a career that works towards the end goal of helping people and contributing to society is something that has always been important to me. But not having a clear ‘dream job’ coming out of school and university, exactly how I would be able to do […]


Children as products: The reality of orphanage voluntourism

Lamorna Byford is a social researcher based in London. She has undertaken research for think tanks, brands and charities and is now a research fellow for the Better Volunteering, Better Care initiative. She holds an MSc in the Social Anthropology of Cognition from the London School of Economics, during which she focused on how children form attachments to the state […]


LSE Volunteers 2016

On 28 April the LSE Volunteer Centre and LSESU RAG Society hosted their annual event to celebrate volunteering and fundraising at LSE. Over 60 people attended representing the student body, including LSE Students’ Union, various parts of the School, and charities that have recruited students over the past year as volunteers and fundraisers. The achievements of LSE students over the past year have […]


An interview with Ashish Thakkar

When invited to review Ashish Thakkar’s book, The Lion Awakes, I was also asked to do a Q&A with him about some of the topics that he explores in the book. Thank you to Ashish for taking the time to answer my questions so fully! How do you view the importance of aid versus trade (or both) in the development of […]


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Our vision is one where the LSE community makes a sustained and valued contribution to society through volunteering.

Our mission is to embed a culture of volunteering within the LSE community enabling students to engage with rewarding opportunities, facilitating their personal development whilst contributing to society.

We have the following six key aims:

1. Inspire students about volunteering and the positive affects it can have on their careers and other areas of life.

To meet this aim we will:

  • Share case studies from other LSE students and organisations highlighting the benefits of volunteering. 
  • Have a Student Volunteering Ambassadors team that will meet students at events, write blog entries and articles for The Beaver. 
  • Ensure that engaging literature is available on campus.
  • Run promotional campaigns on campus.

2. Educate the LSE community about volunteering and ensure they know where information and support can be found.

To meet this aim we will:

  • Keep an up to date blog and website with informative articles about volunteering.
  • Run 1-1 appointments with students.
  • Hold seminars and presentations about the “Why, When and How” of volunteering, including external presenters.
  • Work with departments to ensure they are aware of the Volunteer Centre and how to direct students there. 

3. Maintain and develop a diverse range of volunteering opportunities from a broad range of organisations.

To meet this aim we will:

  • Work with our partner organisations to ensure they post their volunteering opportunities on LSE CareerHub.
  • Run an annual volunteering fair to help introduce students to charities and their opportunities.
  • Listen to students and the type of opportunities that they want.
  • Assist students in leading their own volunteer involving projects.

4. Work in collaboration with other bodies and organisations both inside and out of LSE for mutual benefit.

To meet this aim we will:

  • Meet regularly with the various bodies at LSE that involve volunteers and/or the promotion of volunteering such as LSE SU, LSE SU RAG and Widening Participation.
  • Work with our partner organisations to ensure excellent opportunities are available for LSE students.
  • Have procedures in place for when it is appropriate to refer students to other LSE departments and/or external organisations.

5. Measure the impact of LSE volunteers and celebrate their work.

To meet this aim we will:

  • Have an annual event celebrating the impact that LSE students make in the community through volunteering.
  • Publish an annual brochure with a series of case studies highlighting the volunteer work that LSE students have completed.
  • Present one LSE student with the annual ‘LSE Volunteer of the Year’ award.
  • Develop feedback mechanisms for both organisations and students to help measure impact that LSE students make.

6. Stay at the forefront of knowledge regarding volunteering and ensure best practice is championed with organisations we work with.

To meet this aim we will:

  • Actively participate in volunteering bodies such as WiSCV, Greater London Volunteering and Volunteering England/NCVO amongst others.
  • Participate in and share research on student volunteering.
  • Monitor changes in volunteer related legislation.
  • Refer organisations to best practice guidelines on recruiting and managing volunteers where appropriate.

These are the latest volunteering opportunities being advertised through the Volunteer Centre. Search all the volunteering opportunities we are advertising on LSE CareerHub.

Volunteer Playworker

Application closing date: 30 Jun 2017
Location: London, London, London England United Kingdom
Volunteer Playworkers support our staff to run daily educational & recreational activities at our after-school clubs & holiday playschemes. They help ensure that our children are safe and happy during their visit.

Refugee Week Celebration Volunteers (Arabic/Somali speakers)

Application closing date: 8 Jun 2016
Location: Brixton England United Kingdom
Do you want to support young female refugees in creating a community celebration during Refugee Week? We need enthusiastic female vols to facilitate communication and craft/ cookery activities in Arabic/ Somali and English.

Charity Concierge Festival prep volunteer

Application closing date: 8 Jun 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
Help the Child.org team prepare for a summer of festivals by helping to print, laminate, count, cut and general resource preparation for 2 days before each (or any) of the four festivals this summer and as a thank you receive a festival ticket.

Internship – Fisheries (legal and policy) - Voluntary Position

Application closing date: 30 May 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
ClientEarth is seeking an enthusiastic intern to work in our Biodiversity team. The internship will be at our London office and you will have the opportunity to work with the team focussing on European fisheries management.

IBAHRI Communications Intern

Application closing date: 3 Jun 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
We are looking for a strong candidate as the IBAHRI communications intern working from Monday, 4 July until Friday, 30 September 2016. The closing date for applications is Monday, 6 June.

Organisational Development Officer

Application closing date: 3 Jun 2016
Location: London, west london England United Kingdom
Organisational Development Officer for Ethiopian Women's Empowerment Group

Grant Writing Intern

Application closing date: 3 Jun 2016
Location: London, West London England United Kingdom
Grant writing intern for Ethiopian Women's Empowerment Group

Young Trustee

Application closing date: 3 Jun 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
We are looking for two young people to join our Board of Trustees at Step Up To Serve, the organisation that coordinates the #iwill campaign. The Trustee’s roles and responsibilities are detailed below. We are looking for two young people who are committed to youth social action.

Voluntary internship - Digital Communications

Application closing date: 3 Jun 2016
Location: Old Woking England United Kingdom
Plan is seeking an intern to join our Global Communications department at Plan's International Headquarters.

This is your chance to get involved with the development and improvement of Plan’s international website.

HR Assistant

Application closing date: 9 Jun 2016
Location: London, London England United Kingdom
We’re looking for an organised, tactful and reliable HR Assistant to join the Trust. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with an interest in HR and would like to gain experience by working alongside experienced HR Professionals.

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How to make the most of overseas volunteering

Starts: 13 Jun 2016 1:00 PM
Finishes: 13 Jun 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: PAR.LG.03
Remaining places: 60
Are you volunteering overseas this summer and want to make sure you fully prepared? Join the LSE Volunteer Coordinator at this seminar to discuss the steps you can take to ensure you have a successful trip.

Aspire Sports Quiz Dinner: one-off volunteering

Starts: 13 Jun 2016 4:30 PM
Finishes: 13 Jun 2016 11:59 PM
Venue: Tower of London
This is an exciting one-off volunteering opportunity to help out at a fundraising event in aid of a spinal injury charity called Aspire. The event is taking place in the moat at the iconic Tower of London on Monday 13 June.

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