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Email: volunteer@lse.ac.uk
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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.

An LSE student’s perspective: volunteering with Age UK Islington

Selina Wan, BSc Economics, has been volunteering as a Volunteer Adviser for Age UK Islington since October 2016, coming in once a week for appointments with clients at a community drop-in. After in-depth training, and shadowing other volunteer advisers, she now helps clients with a range of issues. As an adviser, she helps clients find their way around online information […]


3 trustee roles of the week

As LSE students you have a lot of skills to offer to charities. So why not become a trustee for one of these three interesting charities? It’s a great way to put your skills in practice and it will also help you build new ones. You’ll also get a chance to expand your network and learn about strategy. So if you find […]


LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2017 – Future Frontiers

Future Frontiers has done brilliant work over the past year and many LSE students got involved. We were therefore delighted to award the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award to them the LSE Volunteers event on 27 April based on their involvement of activities on campus, quality of the opportunities open to LSE students, number of recruits and feedback from […]


Volunteering with LSE Sustainability

Ever wondered what the LSE Sustainability team does and how you can get involved? We talked to the team about three of its Sustainable LSE projects in which student volunteers are integral – read on for more! The impact of LSE student volunteers The LSE Sustainability team is soon to host its annual Celebration of Sustainability event to celebrate all […]


LSE Volunteer of the Year 2017 – Tazeen Dhanani

While studying for her MSc in Human Rights, Tazeen Dhanani has managed to volunteer for a range of organisations and she was one of our a Student Volunteering Ambassadors. The numbers of hours that Tazeen put in is impressive, but her dedication to volunteering is even more so. We were therefore delighted to award Tazeen the LSE Volunteer of the Year […]


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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.

Communications & Research Intern

7 Jun 2017
Hackney Greater London United Kingdom
We are looking for a dedicated volunteer to research the impact of our programmes pan London & communicate their quantitative & qualitative findings across multiple media. The role will include visiting our beneficiaries, conducting interviews & taking photographs. 1 to 3 days a week for 2 months.

Community and Events Intern

2 Jun 2017
Vauxhall Greater London United Kingdom
Are you looking to begin a career in Fundraising? Are you passionate about the power of communities and groups to make a difference? Do you have an interest in international causes? Are you a hands-on, can-do kind of person? If so, we want to hear from you!

Translation and Research Intern

30 Jun 2017
Paris France
The FRS is seeking a Translation and Research Intern for this summer to assist with the translation of documents and articles from French into English. While at the FRS, interns will be able to contribute to research papers regarding international and domestic politics in the Middle East.

Home Reading Volunteer

6 Jun 2017
Dawes Road Hub, 20 Dawes Road, SW6 7EN Greater London United Kingdom
Do you remember a character from a childhood book as fondly as an old friend?
If you do, you’ll know the magic of being able to slip into another world as and when you need to, or how books can make your world a bigger, brighter place.

Garden restoration in the Czech Republic

18 Aug 2017
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Helping the community of one of the oldest and culturally most significant monasteries in Prague with the maintenance of the most unique part of the garden, in particular the hermitages (in the form of small sandstone caves) carved into the garden slope.

Restoration in France

14 Aug 2017
France France
Join an international team focused on the restoration of Villognon Ancient Mill, which is within walking distance of Nanteuil-en-Vallee in western France. You will have the opportunity to learn and use a number of different techniques: stone-masonry, re-pointing, woodworking and landscaping.

Wood restoration in Romania

31 Jul 2017
East Romania Romania
Help us to rebuild the old wooden barn as a place for concerts and exhibitions at the childhood summer home of George Enescu, Romania’s best known and world-renowned composer.

Conservationist in Slovakia

31 Jul 2017
Bratislava Slovakia
Help restore Rómer House, one of the oldest buildings in Bratislava. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­It is centrally located in the medieval district of the capital and dates back to the 16th century.

Castle restoration in France

24 Jul 2017
France France
Learn new skills in stone cutting and traditional masonry techniques under expert guidance to assist with the restoration of Budos Castle in Aquitaine, South West France. The castle was built in the early 14th century and was severely damaged in the French Revolution more than four centuries later.

Traditional crafts in Romania

16 Jul 2017
East Romania Romania
Participate in traditional crafts workshops to keep the tradition alive.

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One-off volunteering: Family learning volunteer

Starts: 31 May 2017
Finishes: 1 Jun 2017 11:59 PM
As part of a team of volunteers you will work with children and families to assist in the delivery of theFamily Activities for ‘The things you never knew about Victoria and Albert' for May Half term. You will provide a welcoming atmosphere, information and assistance to the Museum's visitors.

One-off volunteering: Volunteer fair enabler

Starts: 6 Jun 2017 4:00 PM
Finishes: 6 Jun 2017 7:00 PM
Can you help at this year's Volunteer Fair? Sign up as a volunteer fair enabler to help make the event a success!

One-off volunteering: bucket collection Breast Cancer Care

Starts: 11 Jun 2017 11:00 AM
Finishes: 11 Jun 2017 5:00 PM
Join our biggest bucket collection ever at Trafalgar Square. Breast Cancer Care is looking for volunteers to bucket for one hour anytime between 11-5pm on Sunday 11 June in and around Trafalgar Square as part of the Pink Ribbontour.

One-off volunteering: Collection Volunteer RNIB

Starts: 23 Jun 2017
Finishes: 23 Jun 2017 11:59 PM
​The ​RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People) is looking for bucket collection volunteers in London.

One-off volunteering: citizen scientists

Starts: 28 Jun 2017 10:15 AM
Finishes: 28 Jun 2017 1:30 PM
The Zoological Society of London is looking for volunteer citizen scientists to help conduct research on the ecology of juvenile fish in the Tidal Thames in central London.

One-off volunteering: The Children's Trust Supercar Event

Starts: 1 Jul 2017
Finishes: 1 Jul 2017 11:59 PM
Summer Screen is an outdoor cinema event held at The Children’s Trust in Tadworth. The organisation needs volunteers to help run this event, giving people from the local community a chance to enjoy a day of movies, games and refreshment. Support them to fundraise for children with brain injury.

One-off volunteering: Parsons Green Fair Event Marshalls

Starts: 1 Jul 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 1 Jul 2017 6:30 PM
Fulham Good Neighbours are looking for volunteers to help run Parsons Green Fair. You will help direct fair visitors, deal with enquiries and similar.

One-off volunteering: Event Cheer Volunteer at Great Newham London Run

Starts: 2 Jul 2017
Finishes: 2 Jul 2017 11:59 PM
​Feeling like doing something incredible and changing people’s lives in the process?
Be part of the Great Newham London Run and join a volunteer team on 2 July 2017 and unite with the team of runners in the fight against dementia.

One-off volunteering: Collection Volunteer RNIB

Starts: 7 Jul 2017
Finishes: 7 Jul 2017 11:59 PM
​The ​RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People) is looking for bucket collection volunteers in London.

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