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LSE Volunteer Centre
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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 (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.

Student Volunteering Week 2016

Student Volunteering Week 2016 (#LSESVW16) is taking place across the UK between 22 and 28 February. At LSE, we have a whole range of exciting events taking place on-campus for students to get involved in! Whether you like running, community groups, enjoying the urban landscape, history or just giving your time for a good cause, this week is for you. Here’s what’s coming up: Monday 22  Azafady […]


Volunteering: international development

During term time, the LSE Volunteer Centre posts regular blogs highlighting voluntary opportunities live on CareerHub, by theme. This week’s focus is on volunteering in roles related to international development. Policy, Pro Bono, Communications and Operations Internship – Advocates for International Development Pro Bono Projects Internship – Advocates for Intentional Development Summer School Coordinators – KickStart Ghana Young Trustee – Plan UK Programme Assistant – Teach […]


The Financial Times, London restaurants and volunteering: a student’s #LSEnewyearpledge

As part of the #LSEnewyearpledge, Ruihan Lui, LSE Volunteering Ambassador and undergraduate Law student, shares her reasons why volunteering is one of 15 new year’s resolutions! Volunteering is one of my 15 new year’s resolutions, which are an eclectic collection ranging form ‘reading the Financial Times’ to ‘exploring more London restaurants’. But volunteering holds a special place in my heart, not […]


A student’s #LSEnewyearpledge

As part of the #LSEnewyearpledge, Marc Gischer, LSE Volunteering Ambassador and MSc Finance student, shares his reasons why volunteering is something he wants to continue in 2016. If you want to share your voluntary experience, contact us at volunteer@lse.ac.uk. We’d love to hear from you! Volunteering: a unique satisfying experience After many unique experiences as a volunteer over the past […]


International Development Volunteering Fair 2016

This Thursday the LSE Volunteer Centre is hosting the International Development Volunteering Fair. With over 24 brilliant organisations attending, it is the perfect opportunity to find out more about volunteering and working in International Development. Where: The Venue Time: 4:30-7pm All the attending organisations are currently looking for volunteers or recruiting for paid roles, so come armed with questions! Read our […]


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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.

Converstation Circles Volunteer

Application closing date: 24 Feb 2016
Location: LSE Language Centre United Kingdom
Volunteers for Converstation Circles at the Language Centre

Collections and Housekeeping Volunteer

Application closing date: 15 Feb 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
To assist with a review of collection documentation in a small historic house museum and to update procedures to best practice standards

Shop Volunteers

Application closing date: 9 Aug 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
Volunteering with Cancer Research UK is a great way to gain work experience to add onto your CV, to learn new skills and to make a difference in helping to beat cancer sooner.

Team Breathe Cheerer

Application closing date: 22 Feb 2016
Location: London Greater London United Kingdom
Join Us at Our Team Breathe Cheer Points!

We would absolutely love for you to join us at our official Team Breathe cheer points. You will be supporting our fantastic runners who are taking on the London Marathon and raising vital funds for the fight against lung disease.

Impact Investing Fellow

Application closing date: 16 Feb 2016
Location: Accra, Kampala Greater Accra Region Ghana
EWB is seeking a highly ambitious and entrepreneurial Impact Investing Fellow to join our Strategy and Investment team, supporting all aspects of EWB’s Small and Growing Business Portfolio in West Africa.

Adviceline Volunteer

Application closing date: 31 May 2016
Location: United Kingdom
Camden Citizens Advice is looking for Adviceline volunteers to provide phone consultations with clients. Volunteers will be required to record client information on our database, and provide assisted information, referrals or callbacks as needed.

Easter Fayre Volunteers

Application closing date: 10 Mar 2016
Location: St Johns Wood Greater London United Kingdom
Volunteer at St John's Hospice Easter Fayre on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March

Mentor to new LSE students

Application closing date: 21 Feb 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
Mentors support a group of mentees (usually from the same department) to settle in to life at LSE and get to know each other. The Off Campus Support Scheme provides support for new, undergraduate or General Course students who do not live in LSE halls of residence.

Tata Social Internship Scheme

Application closing date: 28 Feb 2016
Location: Various in India India
The Tata Social Internship scheme offers LSE students the opportunity to do eight week projects with Tata in India. Projects have either a development, social enterprise, environmental, sustainable or CSR focus and involve a significant research element. Projects run from 4 July to 2 September 2016.

Volunteer in Uganda

Application closing date: 1 Sep 2016
Location: Eastern Region Uganda
Volunteer with us in Uganda this Summer for the trip of a lifetime. Help us to set up new community run educational Play Schemes in rural deprived villages, and support our existing ones. By volunteering with us you will give hundreds of children free access to crucial early childhood education.

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Lively Minds on campus promotion: International Volunteering

Starts: 17 Feb 2016 11:00 AM
Finishes: 17 Feb 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: Reception, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, 1 Sheffield Street, London WC2A 2AP
Lively Minds staff will be on campus to talk to LSE students about our International Volunteer Scheme in Uganda and answer any questions they may have.

SVW: Azafady on campus promotion: Volunteering programmes in Madagascar

Starts: 22 Feb 2016 10:00 AM
Finishes: 22 Feb 2016 4:00 PM
Venue: Reception space, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, Sheffield Street
Azafady will be on campus to promote their volunteering programmes in Madagascar, and give information on their current long term internships.

SVW: LSE Charity Insights Day

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 11:00 AM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 5:00 PM
Venue: Across campus (see individual events for details).
LSE Charity Insights Day offers a wide range of panel discussions, talks and a Charity and Cause fair organised by LSESU Amnesty International Society and LSESU Animal Welfare Society as part of Student Volunteering Week.

SVW: Charity Insights Day: Who really benefits from voluntourism?

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 11:00 AM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 12:00 PM
Venue: 6th Floor Studio, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.
Join us for a screening of internationally acclaimed documentary The Voluntourist, followed by a group discussion lead by director Chloé Sanguinetti about the dangers of ignorant voluntouring and the possibility of it ever becoming an industry without pitfalls.

SVW: Charity Insights Day: Charity and Cause Fair

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 12:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: ​The Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Head down to the venue at any point between 12 and 2 to chat to other LSE students and volunteers about the causes that mean the most to them, find out what contributions you can make before and after studying and find out how to get involved with any that catch your eye.

SVW: Charity Insights Day: How is youth engagement changing?

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 2:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 3:00 PM
Venue: TBC - please check back here in the coming days for confirmation.
Amid fears of growing political apathy and rocketing costs of living, how can a sector that depends heavily on unpaid volunteers and interns keep the interest of young people?

SVW: Charity Insights Day: Campaigning Workshop

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 3:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 4:00 PM
Venue: TBC - please check back here in the coming days for confirmation.
​This session will teach you the skills you need to construct and run an effective campaign.

SVW: Charity Insights Day: Fundraising in the 21st century

Starts: 23 Feb 2016 4:00 PM
Finishes: 23 Feb 2016 5:00 PM
Venue: TBC - please check back here in the coming days for confirmation.
Join our amazing panellists for an unmissable discussion for anyone who wants to go into fundraising, learn how to raise money for their cause or just has an interest in charity!

SVW: UCLU Public Talk: Charity fundraising - the bad and the ugly in 2015

Starts: 24 Feb 2016 1:00 PM
Finishes: 24 Feb 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: UCL Campus. Medawar G01 Lankester LT, University College London
As part of Student Volunteering Week, UCLU are hosting a public talk reflecting on charity fundraising of 2015.

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