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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.
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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.

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

How to prepare for the Volunteering Fair, 7 October

Bookings are now open for the Volunteering Fair on 7th October, but if you haven’t attended one before you might be wondering what to expect and how you can prepare. With over 30 organisations and 500 other LSE students attending … 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 fed back … 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.

Portuguese Speaking Projects and Admin Intern

Apply by: 17 Nov 2014

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

We are looking for an enthusiastic, intelligent and vibrant volunteer to join our projects team. This is an exciting opportunity for an organised and confident individual to gain valuable work experience in the NGO/charity sector.

Administration & Website Support (Dementia Action Alliance)

Apply by: 4 Nov 2014

Location: Tower Hamlets Greater London United Kingdom

Are you looking for a varied volunteering role? Do you enjoy working in a busy office? An exciting volunteering opportunity has become available, assisting the Dementia Action Alliance, the umbrella body for over 1,900 organisations working together to improve the lives of people with dementia.

Policy, research and adminstration volunteer

Apply by: 30 Nov 2014

Location: Farringdon Greater London United Kingdom

Purpose of the role is to support the work of Empty Homes: answering queries, and raising awareness of the waste of empty properties; campaigning so those in power and property owners take action to turn empty properties into homes; undertaking research to help develop practical policy ideas.

Coach a disadvantaged child

Apply by: 27 Oct 2014

Location: London Greater London United Kingdom

Coach a disadvantaged child for an hour a week so they become excited about their future and motivated in school.

Office Volunteer at Otra Cosa Network in Peru

Apply by: 31 Dec 2014

Location: Huanchaco Peru

The number of volunteers has grown substantially over the last 12 months, a success story, but it means the management team now struggles to cope with all the enquiries and administration alone. So, we need a volunteer to help out with day-to-day administration tasks.


Apply by: 3 Nov 2014

Location: London United Kingdom

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic up and coming journalists to join our society. We offer training to those that wish to specialise, increase their CV and job prospects or learn a new skill.

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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