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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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Book an appointment with the Volunteer Centre Coordinator
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.

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Volunteerism in Ghana: Alive and well

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LSE Student Volunteering Ambassadors 2015-16: applications open

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 during volunteering fairs, posting blog entries, helping with social media and generally telling other LSE students how fantastic volunteering is! Applications are currently open, and all LSE students can apply by completing a short application […]


LSE Volunteering Fair 2015

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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 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.

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.

Team Up Tutor

Application closing date: 15 Oct 2015
Location: London United Kingdom
We run a voluntary leadership programme that trains exceptional university students to learn leadership and teaching skills through tutoring children from low income backgrounds. Alongside this students use our networks to strengthen their own employment prospects.

Online Skills Trainer

Application closing date: 31 Dec 2016
Location: England United Kingdom
Would you like to help people with sight loss explore the options of getting online? You will show people how to use a computer, tablet or smart phone to get online, deliver group training and demonstrations and visit people in their home to help them with basic online skills.

IT Specialist and Online Support

Application closing date: 23 Oct 2015
Location: England United Kingdom
Do you have skills and experience in IT, smartphones and tablet technology? Put your problem solving skills and expertise to use by supporting people with sight loss. We need you to troubleshoot problems, set up devices and provide basic guidance to use technology and get online.

Event Volunteer

Application closing date: 14 Nov 2015
Location: England United Kingdom
Alzheimer’s Society are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to get into the heart of one of London’s most prestigious half marathons.

Gender Equality Adviser

Application closing date: 28 Oct 2015
Location: Battambang Battambang Cambodia
To support and advise the project team in analysing gender inequalities between market actors in the rice value chain.

Communications and Information Officer

Application closing date: 30 Mar 2016
Location: Cusco Cusco Peru
Skilled Spanish speaker needed to improve and expand our communications from our programmes in Cusco, Peru.

Research Assistant Volunteer

Application closing date: 23 Oct 2015
Location: England United Kingdom
Link Ethiopia is a charity dedicated to helping Ethiopian communities escape poverty through education. We achieve this through projects tailored to the needs of schools and by building partnerships between UK and Ethiopian schools which enable young people to exchange ideas and work together.

Diversity project seeking volunteers to create a pioneering exhibition about transgender & faith

Application closing date: 14 Oct 2015
Location: England United Kingdom
Pioneering project 'TWILIGHT PEOPLE: Stories of Faith and Gender Beyond the Binary' seeking dedicated volunteers for the launch of our landmark portrait EXHIBITION - its organisation and curating: oral history, transcription, multi-media, PR, writing, arts management and monitoring & evaluation.

Stakeholder Engagement and Administrative Intern

Application closing date: 18 Oct 2015
Location: England United Kingdom
The New Climate Economy is offering up to 3 part-time or full-time Stakeholder Engagement and Administrative Internships from October to December 2015.

International Partnerships Assistant

Application closing date: 30 Mar 2016
Location: Cusco Cusco Peru
Skilled Spanish speaker needed to provide support across LAFF’s programmes in Cusco, Peru.

Search all our vacancies on CareerHub

These are our forthcoming volunteering events. You can search below or view all our events on CareerHub.

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