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LSE Volunteer Centre
Floor 5
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
1 Sheffield Street
London
WC2A 2AP
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Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6519
Email: volunteer@lse.ac.uk|

 

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Book an appointment with the Volunteer Centre Coordinator
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.

The psychosocial impact of volunteer tourism in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro

This blog entry originally posted on the Favelas@LSE blog. ‘Slum tourism’ is a growing trend in ‘exotic’ and ‘yet-to-develop’ contexts. In this post, Jessica Aquino discusses her research into the psychosocial impact of the interaction between tourists and favela dwellers on … Continue reading

Volunteering Abroad with Children: A game of double standards?

Ruth Taylor, who is coming to LSE to undertake an MSc in Human Rights in October, is currently volunteering in Ghana as KickStart Ghana’s Volunteer Coordinator. She is blogging about her experiences and some issues facing the overseas volunteering sector. You can … Continue reading

Y Care International joins patron scheme

The LSE Volunteer Centre is delighted to announce that Y Care International has signed up to the LSE Careers‘ patron scheme and will support London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) students by developing their involvement in local communities and … Continue reading

LSE Volunteers brochure 2013-14

We’re delighted to release the new LSE Volunteers brochure highlighting some of the incredible work that LSE students have been doing over the past year through the LSE Volunteer Centre and LSE SU RAG.

LSE Volunteering Fair 2014 – applications open

Charity applications are now open for the 2014 LSE Volunteering Fair, sponsored by Teach First.

When: Tuesday October 7th, 17:30 – 20:30
Where: Senior Common Room, Old Building, Houghton Street, LSE
Cost: Free
Applications close: 3rd September

The fair is aimed at facilitating contact between charities and LSE students who are interested in volunteering. The fair is at the beginning of the academic year when interest in extra-curricular activities is at its highest.

We welcome applications from charities with current volunteer opportunities in the UK and/or abroad.

You will hear back from us on the week commencing 8th September about whether you have been successful in your request for a place, as the fair is usually over-subscribed.

LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2014

We were delighted to award Spires the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award at the LSE Volunteers celebratory event last Tuesday (May 13th). Spires have shown a continued commitment to supporting LSE students in making a difference in their communities and was also … Continue reading

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.

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|.

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