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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
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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.

Make volunteering your New Year's resolution

Learning about mining companies in Sierra Leone

Bella Mosselmans is a third year undergraduate studying government. Last summer, she spent three months in Sierra Leone volunteering for Restless Development. Since returning to the UK, she has started a campaign to stop British mining companies’ exploitation of Sierra Leone. Here are her thoughts on what she learnt while volunteering and what she’s campaigning for now she’s back in the UK. This blog was originally written […]

Christmas volunteering

Volunteering at Christmas can be a fantastic thing to do. Sure, Christmas is a time of parties, food and drink but it is also a time of giving and helping others. We also know that many LSE students will be spending time in the UK over the festive period, away from their families, and will be looking for companionship and a […]

LSE students dismantle poppies at the Tower of London

On 26 and 27 November, more than 50 LSE students fought the wind and rain to participate in dismantling the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red poppy display at the Tower of London. It was one of the most popular volunteering opportunities ever offered at the Volunteer Centre and we were delighted to see the response rate and fantastic work that LSE […]

Volunteering at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Roman Thompson, geography with economics undergraduate and Communications Volunteer at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, shares his thoughts on his volunteering experience and why you should get involved. Make sure you visit the LSE Volunteer Centre webpages for information about how you can get involved in volunteering. When my father was just a few weeks old, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetically […]

Redecorating the Peel Centre

On 13 and 14 November fourteen LSE students volunteered at The Peel Centre, a community centre in Kings Cross. Organised in conjunction with CSV, the students applied weather resistant wood varnish to all of their garden furniture, window frames and doors. Naomi Chan, an LSE student, said “I really enjoyed painting and helping to redecorate the community centre despite the […]

LSE Student Volunteering Ambassadors 2014-15

Each year the LSE Volunteer Centre recruits a number of  students to act as ambassadors for volunteering on-campus. This normally involves being on stalls on Houghton Street, posting blog entries and generally telling other LSE students how fantastic volunteering is! We’d like to introduce you to this year’s ambassadors and let them tell you why they signed up. Leyla Nor […]

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.

Summer Heritage Camps Leaders

Apply by: 1 Jun 2015

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

Volunteer leaders (aged up to 30) needed to help run heritage camps this coming summer for 16-25 year olds from all round Europe and the UK helping to preserve Britain’s beautiful historic buildings.

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.

Volunteer Tutor - English and maths

Apply by: 30 Mar 2015

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

Make a difference to a young person's life by volunteering to tutor in either English or maths GCSE at schools in London.

Barnardo’s spring 2015 volunteer internship scheme

Apply by: 12 Jan 2015

Location: UK UK United Kingdom

Barnardo’s is the largest children’s charity UK.Our work includes helping children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope, find loving adoptive homes and foster placements for children.

Aspire Event Assistants - one off event 18th June 2015

Apply by: 18 May 2015

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

Event Assistant

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