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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.

#CharityTuesday: Michaelmas Term

This term, the LSE Volunteer Centre is excited to be bringing Charity Tuesdays onto campus. On most Tuesdays during Michaelmas and Lent Terms, one local, national or international charity will hold a stall outside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre to spread the word about their work, distribute flyers, and promote and advertise voluntary roles available at their organisations. #CharityTuesday started […]


Key Volunteer Centre dates for Michaelmas Term

After the long summer break, we’re excited for the action packed volunteering activities and events of Michaelmas Term. Be sure to book your places via CareerHub to make sure you don’t miss out! One-to-one volunteering appointments available all term An opportunity to discuss the types of voluntary work best for you. One- off volunteering activities throughout term  We currently have […]


Volunteering is all fun and games

Here Lydia Makin, BSc Environment and Development, shares how volunteering alongside her studies led to paid work in the environmental sector after graduation. Lydia is currently working on a project recruiting London Clean Air Volunteers. You can find out more about the role and how to apply on CareerHub! Coming from the South Wales Valleys, networking connections are significantly lacking compared […]


Volunteering in Uganda: another side of the story

In her second blog about Lively Minds Susana Rubinstein shares her voluntary experiences. This blog post was originally published through the LSE IPA blog and we thank them for allowing us to share it. A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog entry on the LSE Careers site about my experience volunteering for Lively Minds in Uganda, particularly about […]


The week I swapped Saw Swee Hock for Wiltshire and wellies – a staff volunteering account

Livi Shaw, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator used her five day staff volunteering leave available to all LSE staff, to volunteer  at Jamie’s Farm: At the start of 2016 I set myself several New Year’s resolutions one of which was to make use of the five volunteering leave days provided at LSE. My main challenge was to find a volunteering opportunity which would allow […]


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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.

Year Here Fellowship

Application closing date: 31 Oct 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
Year Here is a platform for graduates and young professionals who want to build smart responses to social problems.

Kiva Fellowship - Global Opportunity

Application closing date: 9 Oct 2016
Location: San Francisco California United States of America
Interested in gaining on-the-ground, hands-on experience in the microfinance sector while meaningfully contributing to Kiva’s mission of alleviating poverty? Check out the Kiva Fellows Program!

Energy, Environment and Resources Intern

Application closing date: 3 Oct 2016
Location: Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LE Greater London United Kingdom
The Energy, Environment and Resources Department is looking for a highly motivated, well organized and reliable individual who is looking to receive the benefit of training and work experience within one of the world’s foremost institutes for the study of international relations.

RESULTS UK Grassroots Campaigner in London

Application closing date: 31 Oct 2017
Location: London England United Kingdom
RESULTS grassroots campaigners take action locally to fight global poverty – using their voices to change the world. They receive training and support to become skilled advocates, from influencing MPs to policy makers, and engaging others within their community.

Souper Sorting Food Heroes: one-off volunteering

Application closing date: 9 Nov 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
Food Heroes wanted to help sort tonnes of food for those in need.

Student Ambassador - LLST and ATJF

Application closing date: 9 Oct 2016
Location: United Kingdom
University student looking to boost your CV? Interested in charity/ pro bono work? Looking for something which is flexible and rewarding?

Call Out For Battle Of Ideas Volunteers- Camera Shooters

Application closing date: 29 Sep 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
WORLDbytes, are looking for volunteer crew members for the Battle of Ideas festival 2016 at the Barbican on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 October. This is a major festival featuring 80+ sessions, over 400 speakers & nearly 3,000 attendees – you could be a part of the film crew & enjoy a free weekend pass.

Funded Volunteering Overseas - Raleigh ICS

Application closing date: 14 Oct 2016
Location: Nicaragua
Volunteer with Raleigh International Citizen Service (ICS) and make a difference in 2017. You'll gain new skills for your CV and valuable experience relevant to the working world. Spend 10-12 weeks volunteering overseas with ICS - creating lasting change through youth.

Intern – Wildlife Conservation (law and policy) - Voluntary

Application closing date: 4 Oct 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
ClientEarth is seeking an enthusiastic intern to work in our Biodiversity team with the lawyers focussing on conservation issues in both the marine and terrestrial environments.

Lead volunteer

Application closing date: 1 Mar 2017
Location: London England United Kingdom
As a Shaw Trust Lead volunteer you would use your experience and knowledge to help and support fellow volunteers.

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Volunteering - why, what, how and when?

Starts: 30 Sep 2016 1:00 PM
Finishes: 30 Sep 2016 2:00 PM
Venue: CLM 5.02
Remaining places: 88
Come along to this seminar to find out how you can get involved in volunteering whilst you are studying at LSE and what opportunities are available.

LSE Volunteering Fair 2016

Starts: 3 Oct 2016 5:00 PM
Finishes: 3 Oct 2016 8:00 PM
Venue: LSE Life space, LSE Library
Meet over 45 charities who are offering many varied and interesting UK based and international volunteering opportunities that you can fit around your degree schedule.

Operation War Diary - one-off volunteering

Starts: 5 Oct 2016 1:00 PM
Finishes: 5 Oct 2016 3:00 PM
Venue: 3rd Floor of Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Would you like to do some volunteering and develop a new skill? Then why not try volunteering as part of 'Give it a Go'? The story of the British Army during the First World War is waiting to be discovered in 1.5 million pages of war diaries - we need your help to reveal their stories.

IDEP: LSE International Development Volunteering Fair 2017

Starts: 31 Jan 2017 4:30 PM
Finishes: 31 Jan 2017 7:00 PM
Venue: The Venue, Basement, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, 1 Sheffield Street, London WC2A 2AP
Meet over 20 organisations and charities who are offering many UK-based and international volunteering opportunities in the field of international development.

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