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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.

Volunteering at the SS Robin

On 16 October a group of LSE students came together to redecorate the offices of the SS Robin, a historical ship of huge importance that will be opening to the public in 2015. Organised in conjunction with CSV and The … Continue reading

2015 Morocco Trek: Contributing to Cancer Research

Leyla Nor, an LSE Student Volunteering Ambassador for the past two years is embarking on a new challenge. Having volunteered all over the world, run the Paris marathon and inspired many students to get involved in volunteering, she is taking … Continue reading

42% of LSE students volunteer

Research completed by the LSE Volunteer Centre shows that over 42% of LSE students volunteer during their time at the School and that 96% of those that do volunteer would recommend it to a friend. Students who volunteer say that … Continue reading

International Volunteering: A Shift in Thinking

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 view the … Continue reading

Connor Russell wins volunteering award from Mayor of London

LSE Volunteer of the Year 2014 Connor Russell won the Under 25′s category for Mentoring and Coaching in the Team London volunteering awards at City Hall for his work with IntoUniversity last night (17 September). Connor has volunteered at IntoUniversity, a charity … Continue reading

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

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.

Health Financing Volunteer

Apply by: 30 Nov 2014

Location: Maseru Lesotho

S/he will be a part of a team that works in close partnership with the Ministry of Health, cooperating on a regular basis with donors, partner organizations and NGOs.

EU Delegation to Myanmar, Development Section

Apply by: 14 Nov 2014

Location: Yangon Myanmar

The EU Delegation to Myanmar based in Yangon is offering the opportunity of an internship to learn more about the European Union. Starting in January/February, graduates will be able to join the Development Section for a period of six months.

Christmas Campaign Volunteer

Apply by: 14 Nov 2014

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

This Christmas many families in north London will be cold and hungry and children will have no presents. WONDER is supporting two community organisations, who are providing longer-term solutions to help these families out of poverty, by providing toys, books and food this Christmas.

Communications Intern

Apply by: 13 Nov 2014

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

We are looking for a pro-active intern to help us to engage with key development issues
relating to our work and projects, both through writing content for our website, other media
outlets and by managing our social media.

'spot' film making - Congo awareness - volunteer

Apply by: 13 Nov 2014

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

We need volunteers to help us to bring attention to the fabulous work that our projects are doing through the moving image. We are committed to representing our project beneficiaries as our equals.

'spot' film making - Congo awareness - volunteer

Apply by: 13 Nov 2014

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

We need volunteers to help us to bring attention to the fabulous work that our projects are doing and the amazing, resilient people that they work with in DR Congo. Can you help us make a short spot/film to do this?

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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