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LSE Volunteer Centre

Welcome to the LSE Volunteer Centre (part of LSE Careers|).

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.

Overseas volunteering opportunities

Vania - Reading Scheme graduation ceremony blogAre you interested in volunteering overseas? Here are some great volunteering opportunities that are open for applications now:

International youth volunteer programme: EU volunteering opportunity

Locations: Iceland/Spain/France/Germany/Norway

Organisation: British Red Cross International Youth Volunteer Programme (IYVP)

“We are a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We enable vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. Applications are now open for our International Youth Volunteering Programme, which gives young people (aged 18-30) the opportunity to volunteer abroad with another Red Cross National Society for 8 to 12 months.”

ICS Entrepreneur – business/finance/management

Locations: Bangladesh/Cambodia/Kenya/Nigeria/Tajikistan

Organisation: VSO

“ICS Entrepreneur teams young people with business aptitude and relevant skills from the UK and developing countries with small businesses to improve their profitability. Unemployment is a key challenge facing young people around the world and tackling that challenge can boost economic growth in some of the world’s poorest communities.”

Human rights project volunteer

Location: Bolivia

Organisation: Inter Cultural Youth Exchange

“We are currently recruiting volunteers interested in the human rights field to support local NGOs that provide direct support & assistance to people affected by torture & governmental violence, raise awareness of LGBT rights & implement workshops in prisons, to women’s groups, & others.”

Summer school coordinator

Location: Ghana

Organisation: Kickstart Ghana

“During the school holidays, KickStart Ghana volunteers will contribute to one of our extra-curricular education and activities programmes. Previously, we have worked at local schools in the area providing holiday activities and classes that would not usually be available to the children.”

Development elective

Location: Kenya

Organisation: Moving Mountains Trust

“Studying International Development or a related subject? Spend a month working with local qualified development professionals in Kenya to gain a real hands-on insight into the workings of a locally run NGO.  Learn about project planning and management, and receive relevant training in the UK & Kenya.”

For more volunteering opportunities, visit LSE CareerHub.

Student Volunteering Week 2015 – a review

  Another Student Volunteering Week has come and gone. And what a brilliant one it was! Over eight days, we invited seven charities onto campus, raised almost £4,000, posted inspiring student-written blogs, held a photo competition in LSE halls with the LSE SU, and gained almost 100 signatories for an “education for all” petition. Here is our round-up a fantastic SVW: On […]

Volunteering with Lively Minds in Ghana

Vania Arenas, an LSE master’s graduate (LLM Law in International Business) volunteered for African Children’s charity Lively Minds in 2014. She writes about her experiences in Ghana below. Find out more about volunteering with Lively Minds in Ghana and Uganda or check out our information about volunteering overseas. I’ve been searching all my life for life changing experiences and thanks to Lively Minds I could achieve that last year. […]

Being a mentor with IntoUniversity

Mattia Barina is a third year BSc Management student at LSE and has been volunteering as a mentor for IntoUniversity since he joined LSE in 2012. In this blog he explains why he signed up, the impact a person can make as a mentor and why all LSE students should dedicate volunteer during their time at the School. You can see all […]

Student Volunteering Week halls photo competition

The LSE Volunteer Centre and LSESU are running a competition next week (23-27 February) for Student Volunteering Week. At LSE, 42% of all students volunteer, and we are celebrating with a photo competition across campus and in LSE halls! The competition will run from Monday to Friday in two parts. Part one: On Monday morning, we’ll provide word doc copies of volunteering signs along with […]

Student Volunteering Week 2015

Student Volunteering Week 2015 (#LSESVW15) is taking place across the UK between 23 February and 1 March. At LSE, we have a whole host of exciting events taking place on-campus for students to get involved in (so many, in fact, that our Student Volunteering week extends to 3 March!). Whether you like running, community groups, live music, fundraising or just giving your time for a […]

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 the Hutchinson Patrons 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.

Volunteer Mentoring with young refugees and migrants

Apply by: 1 Jul 2015

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

Salusbury WORLD is a small charity situated in North West London. We work with refugee and migrant children and families. We are looking for mentors to support newly arrived young people as part of a project we run at two London secondary schools.

The MoonWalk London 2015 Event Volunteer (shift 1)

Apply by: 13 May 2015

Location: Clapham Common Greater London United Kingdom

Lights! Camera! Action! Join the crew making The MoonWalk London 2015 ‘Night at the Movies’ possible on 16th-17th May at Clapham Common.

The MoonWalk London 2015 Event Steward (shift 2)

Apply by: 13 May 2015

Location: Clapham Common Greater London United Kingdom

Lights! Camera! Action! Join the crew making The MoonWalk London 2015 ‘Night at the Movies’ possible on 16th-17th May at Clapham Common.

The MoonWalk London 2015 Event Steward (shift 3)

Apply by: 13 May 2015

Location: Clapham Common Greater London United Kingdom

Lights! Camera! Action! Join the crew making The MoonWalk London 2015 ‘Night at the Movies’ possible on 16th-17th May at Clapham Common.

Social Media Executive

Apply by: 3 Jul 2015

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

This marketing internship gives one motivated individual the opportunity to be heavily involved in all aspects of growing the social media footprint for UniLotto. This includes delivering sharp and innovating updates across our social media profiles and helping developing new content ideas,

Sea Turtle Conservation Project Volunteer

Apply by: 31 Dec 2015

Location: Athens Greece

Enthusiastic and committed volunteers wanted ARCHELON's sea turtle conservation projects in Greece. Zakynthos, Peloponnesus, Crete, Amvrakikos host major nesting areas for loggerhead turtle monitored by ARCHELON, an environmental NGO for over 30years also with a Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Athens.

These are the latest volunteering opportunities being advertised through the Volunteer Centre. To see all the volunteering opportunities we are advertising, search the vacancies on LSE CareerHub|.

These are our forthcoming volunteering events. You can search below or view all our events on CareerHub.

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