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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.
Fridays 2-4pm.
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LSE Volunteer Centre

  • Welcome to the 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.

LSE Volunteers 2016

On 28 April the LSE Volunteer Centre and LSESU RAG Society hosted their annual event to celebrate volunteering and fundraising at LSE. Over 60 people attended representing the student body, including LSE Students’ Union, various parts of the School, and charities that have recruited students over the past year as volunteers and fundraisers. The achievements of LSE students over the past year have […]


An interview with Ashish Thakkar

When invited to review Ashish Thakkar’s book, The Lion Awakes, I was also asked to do a Q&A with him about some of the topics that he explores in the book. Thank you to Ashish for taking the time to answer my questions so fully! How do you view the importance of aid versus trade (or both) in the development of […]


Review: ‘The Lion Awakes’, by Ashish Thakkar

Africa is home to six of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Collective GDP has now reached $2 trillion, up from $587 billion in 2000. 400,000 new companies were registered in 2014 and by 2040 Africa will have a larger workforce than China. These statistics, impressive as they are, only tell a small part of the The Lion Awakes. Part personal […]


Nominees for LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year 2016

The LSE Volunteer Centre is delighted to announce the nominees for the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award, won by FoodCycle in 2015. This year six organisations have been nominated based on their involvement of activities on campus, quality of the opportunities open to LSE students, number of recruits and feedback from students who have volunteered with them. The nominees […]


A week in Valencia: Intercultural Youth Exchange

Charlotte Hussey, an LSE Social Anthropology graduate, reflects on her week in Valencia and gives five compelling reasons why you should take part in an exchange yourself. My week in Valencia… In 2015 I spent one week in Valencia, Spain on an Intercultural Youth Exchange. The exchange brought together students from the UK and Spain to discuss issues relating to […]


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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.

Volunteer with people with a Learning Disability this summer!

Application closing date: 2 Jul 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
We need lots of enthusiastic volunteers to join us on our summer project. Volunteers and members get to know each other as they take part in lots of fun and challenging workshops including sports & games, arts & crafts, cooking and enjoy a day out in London together.

Charity Student Ambassador

Application closing date: 5 Jun 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
Recruit and lead a team on a Charity Challenge, and raise funds and awareness for an international charity working to start and scale social businesses in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.

Research and Communications Intern

Application closing date: 16 May 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
EECF have an excellent opportunity for a student or graduate to gain solid experience and develop their skills by supporting our Vital Signs research project. Conduct statistical research on key social themes, market research in the local community and gain experience of developing comms content.

Communications and Social Media Assistant

Application closing date: 15 May 2016
Location: Belgium
The interns and volunteers will assist the Brussels team in implementing the organization’s social media strategy and brand management, which includes conducting online advocacy, developing and expanding community outreach efforts and designing social media campaigns.

Project Assistant

Application closing date: 15 May 2016
Location: Belgium
Interns are to undertake tasks that include the organization of conferences and other events, the monitoring of UN and EP events, the conducting of research on UNPO Members; advocacy and lobbying, project planning & implementation; the drafting of funding applications or small development projects.

Addiction charity offering valuable work experience - range of exciting roles

Application closing date: 9 Sep 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
Addiction charity DiversityInCare is looking for individuals who want experience of working on one of the many different aspects that make our supported housing run smoothly, whether that is helping us put together appeals, researching grantmakers, updating policies or key-working clients.

Intern - Climate Damage - Strategic Litigation Programme

Application closing date: 16 May 2016
Location: London, London England United Kingdom
ClientEarth is seeking an enthusiastic and committed intern to work within our expanding Strategic Litigation team on establishing legal redress for damage caused by climate change and safeguarding access to justice in environmental cases.

Volunteer Prison Mentor

Application closing date: 27 Jun 2016
Location: Whitechapel England United Kingdom
As a volunteer mentor, you will provide 1-2-1 mentoring to male and female prisoners during and after their sentence.

Event Volunteer

Application closing date: 17 Jun 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
St John's Hospice will need volunteers to help at a Car Pageant being held in St John's Wood.

Leadership Development Programme (12 months)

Application closing date: 12 May 2016
Location: Birmingham, Manchester England United Kingdom
City Year UK is a youth social action charity which challenges young people to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service in schools.

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