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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 (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.

Tata Social Internship scheme – reflections on India

LSE takes part in the Tata Social Internship scheme where undergraduate and postgraduate students from LSE spend two months in India undertaking a social internship project with a development, social enterprise, environmental, sustainability or CSR focus. Each year some of the interns write short essays reflecting on their cultural experiences of India. Here’s an essay written by Chau Nguyen, a BSc Geography with […]


Volunteering opened my eyes and enriched my university experience

Many thanks to the Department of Government for allowing us to share this post. The original can be seen on their blog. Laura Price’s work as Fundraiser and Student Liaison Co-ordinator for FoodCycle earned her a nomination for LSE’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year award. FoodCycle LSE was also named LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year at the 2015 LSE […]


The value of volunteering: “One of the highlights of university”

Many thanks to the Department of Government for allowing us to share this post. The original can be seen on their blog. Bella Mosslemans’ work with charities including Restless development and Street Child, and as President of LSESU Amnesty International Society, saw her shortlisted for the LSE’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year award. Organised by the LSE Volunteer Centre, the […]


Sign up to the LSE Volunteer Pledge

This summer, the LSE Volunteer Centre is relaunching the LSE Volunteer Pledge for all parts of the School to sign. The Volunteer Pledge states that: The London School of Economics and Political Science pledges to encourage volunteering among its students. The Volunteer Centre at LSE Careers and the Student Union will continue to work in partnership to further develop student […]


LSESU launches a Welcome Team with student volunteers

For Welcome Week 2015, LSESU will create the first LSE Welcome Team, to help new students settle in to life at LSE. The Students Union are looking to recruit 20 to 50 volunteers who will lead SU events, guide students around London, and support new students throughout the week. Students will receive a bespoke leadership programme prior to Welcome Week, […]


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.

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.

Gap Year Social Care Volunteers

Apply by: 16 Jun 2017

Location: Various locations nationwide United Kingdom

Full-time gap year placements in the UK in social and health care settings. Placements for 6-12 months with free accommodation and subsistence. Placements in special needs schools, homeless shelters, day centres, mentoring projects, respite care and helping individuals with disabilities.

Group Reminiscence volunteer for Older People

Apply by: 31 Dec 2015

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

Love listening to stories? Then you'll love researching, planning and facilitating a weekly
Reminiscence Group for older people living in sheltered accommodation. You will lead a regular group with an inclusive atmosphere where all members fell comfortable to contribute their stories and ideas.

Camp Safeguarding Officer

Apply by: 31 Dec 2015

Location: Various United Kingdom

Over The Wall provides free residential activity camps to young people aged 8-17 affected by serious illness &their families.Our Safeguarding Officers are an important part of Camp as they act as ambassadors of our Safeguarding policy, ensuring the mutual protection of Campers, Volunteers & Staff.

Camp Recorder (Photographer)

Apply by: 31 Dec 2015

Location: Various United Kingdom

As Camp Recorder you will photograph Campers (children with serious illnesses and their families) as they participation in a wide range of activities including Drama, Music, Arts and Crafts, Discovery, Sports and Games.

Camp Activity Leader

Apply by: 31 Dec 2015

Location: Various United Kingdom

Over The Wall provides free of charge residential activity camps to children and young people aged 8-17 affected by serious illness and their families. Activity Leaders design and deliver activities in certain areas including Drama, Sports and Games, Discovery, Arts and Crafts or Music.

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.

Volunteer Centre