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LSE Volunteer Centre
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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

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.

Volunteering opportunities of the week

Some of you might have their holidays now, some are writing your dissertation. Either way, you’re likely to have a bit more time on your hands. Why not start volunteering, or start planning ahead for next academic year? We’ve selected five interesting volunteering opportunities for you to get you started: Opportunities of the week Become a Mental Health Wellbeing Hub Volunteer […]


How to get your first job in the charity sector

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How travelling helped me reflect on my career and decide what to do next

Guest blog by LSE alum Rosie Coleman (BSc International Relations 2013): I’d never taken a gap year. My travels had been holidays rather than extended periods spent overseas. After graduating from LSE in 2013, I’d always been too scared to take time out, terrified of those dreaded CV gaps. That was until last September. Despite having built the foundations of […]


International development volunteering in London

Joseph Carroll (MSc Conflict Studies 2017) volunteered with Teach A Man To Fish as an International Programmes Assistant after encountering their team at the annual LSE Careers International Development Volunteering Fair in January. We chatted with him to see what it was like to volunteer for the organisation. They’re currently recruiting an International Programmes Assistant so why not apply if Joseph’s experience sounds like […]


Overseas volunteering opportunities of the week

The sun is shining and soon exams will be over for everyone. That can only mean one thing, summer is coming! If you haven’t decided on your holiday plans yet, look no further. We’ve selected the following amazing volunteering opportunities which will help you make the most of your holidays. After all, combining having fun, with learning new things whilst meeting new […]


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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.

Befriender/Mentor for Adults with Learning Disabilities

31 Dec 2017
Westminster Greater London United Kingdom
We are recruiting Volunteers Befrienders/Mentors for adults with learning disabilities, 2 hours week, supporting them to develop new skills and abilities. Full training and on-going support will be provided for this highly rewarding role.

Database and Membership Volunteer

12 Jul 2017
SW1A 2EL Greater London United Kingdom
UNA-UK is looking to recruit a motivated volunteer to support our small, dynamic team in improving our database management and developing our membership base. The ideal candidate will take initiatives, enjoy problem-solving and maintain his/her motivation when processing repetitive tasks.

Legal Team Volunteer

7 Jul 2017
Vauxhall Greater London United Kingdom
We are looking for a friendly, pro-active intern who can provide essential admin support to the Legal Team.

Research and publications volunteer

17 Jul 2017
London, EC1V Greater London United Kingdom
The Prison Reform Trust is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to assist in the production of its flagship Bromley Briefing Prison Factfile, based at PRT's London office for two days a week between September and November.

Administration Volunteer

12 Jul 2017
SW1A 2EL Greater London United Kingdom
UNA-UK is looking to recruit a volunteer to provide administrative and membership support to a small, dynamic team. We are looking for a proactive individual who is ideally familiar with database work and who enjoys interacting with grassroots members and supporters.

London Marketing & Sponsorship Officer

6 Jul 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
An exciting opportunity to play a key role in an already-esteemed arts and humanities journal (currently based in Oxford and Cambridge), helping to grow and establish it in London.

Fellowship Opportunity: Design Lab Coordinator Ashesi University, Ghana

16 Jul 2017
Berekuso Eastern Ghana
D:Lab Coordinator at Ashesi Design Lab (D:Lab)
Location: Berekuso, Eastern Region, Ghana
Start: Full-time Training in Toronto beginning October 1st, departure for placement October 22nd,2017
Duration: 3 weeks of training in Toronto, 12 months in Ghana

Be someone's eyes

3 Jul 2017
Anywhere Greater London United Kingdom
Volunteer whenever en wherever by being the eyes of a blind or visually impaired person. The free Be My Eyes app creates a video connection so you easily provide help. From distinguishing between household products, reading instructions, to help with a technical difficulty.

Education and Communications Intern

28 Jun 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
Flexible role supporting 2017/18 schools competition and roadshow preparation, and researching topics for education resource on First World War.

Writers and Advocates of ECE/ECD

1 Sep 2017
London Greater London United Kingdom
Become an advocate of Early Childhood Education by writing meaningful stories for Novak Djokovic Foundation, set out on a journey towards the career with great professional impact.

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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: Vehicle Idling Action Champion

Starts: 5 Jul 2017 2:00 PM
Finishes: 5 Jul 2017 4:00 PM
Vehicle Idling Action is currently recruiting a team of enthusiastic volunteers who want to be part of this innovative education and behaviour change campaign to reduce localised air pollution and improve air quality in their residential and workplace community. The next session is in Lambeth.

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.

One-off volunteering: Event steward Walk for Wards

Starts: 9 Jul 2017 11:30 AM
Finishes: 9 Jul 2017 4:00 PM
Join the Imperial College Healthcare Charity as an event steward to support their efforts to raise funds to improve patient care and support staff development at the five hospitals within the NHS Trust.

One-off volunteering: citizen scientists

Starts: 27 Jul 2017 10:00 AM
Finishes: 27 Jul 2017 1:15 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: Collection Volunteer RNIB

Starts: 13 Aug 2017
Finishes: 13 Aug 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: 29 Aug 2017 11:30 AM
Finishes: 29 Aug 2017 2:30 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.

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