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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

  • 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 student’s volunteering recognised by FCO

Marc R. Claude, MSc in Political Science and Political Economy 2016, was recently recognised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for his volunteering efforts. Here he talks about his impressions of the voluntary sector in the UK and his award. Volunteering vibrantly thrives in London and in the UK. Earlier this year, the UK capital won the European Volunteering Capital […]


Refugee Week at LSE

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. LSE has a long history of working with refugee […]


Dumisani Gwakuba – Outstanding Contribution to the LSE Community award

We were delighted to award Dumisani Gwakuba with the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to the LSE Community award at the LSE Volunteers celebratory event on 28 April. Dumisani, through his volunteering, has shown a huge amount of dedication to improving the experiences of other LSE students over the past year. We caught up with him to see how he felt about the award and what […]


Experiences of an LSE student volunteering overseas

Anna Vindics, MSc in Social Policy (EU and Comparative Social Policy) 2015, volunteered in the UK and Ghana with KickStart Ghana during her time at LSE. Here she talks about her experience and the impact volunteering made: Volunteering with KickStart Ghana was a life-changing experience for me as it helped me to discover what I am truly passionate about: international […]


The Wonder Foundation – LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year

We were delighted to award The Wonder Foundation the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award at the LSE Volunteers celebratory event in April. The Wonder Foundation have shown a continued commitment to supporting LSE students to make a difference. We spoke to Olivia Darby, Director of Policy and Campaigns, about how the charity felt about winning. The Wonder Foundation, it’s safe to say, is people […]


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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.

Campaign Leader

Application closing date: 30 Nov 2016
Location: London, City of London England United Kingdom
As a CL, you will singularly drive the Teach For India brand at your institution by planning and executing strategic campaigns at your institution so that the brightest minds apply and get selected into the Fellowship. This is an unpaid opportunity that allows you to build critical skills.

Prudential RideLondon 2016 - cheerpoint volunteers needed!!

Application closing date: 28 Jul 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
On Sunday 31st July 2016 WellChild are looking for as many enthusiastic volunteers to man cheerpoints along the route of the Prudential RideLondon 100 cycle ride to support our 320+ team of WellChild cyclists who aim to raise in excess of £186k to support seriously ill children.

The Carter Center Spring Internship

Application closing date: 15 Oct 2016
Location: Atlanta Georgia United States of America
Carter Center interns come from around the world to make vital contributions to the Center's work. In turn, the Center provides a substantive learning experience that serves as a basis for interns to explore their career options and develop professional skills.

Team Breathe Cheerer for RideLondon 2016

Application closing date: 22 Jul 2016
Location: Kingston upon Thames England United Kingdom
Can you help us support the amazing cyclists taking part in RideLondon for the BLF? We are looking for volunteers to help us cheer on Team Breathe on Sunday 31 July 2016.

Trust Fundraising volunteer - fixed term project

Application closing date: 8 Jul 2016
Location: London, London England United Kingdom
You will be supporting a project to help the Trust Fundraising team at the MS Society prepare for our autumn large scale mailing to small grant giving charitable trusts.

Great Gorilla Run Volunteer

Application closing date: 11 Sep 2016
Location: Tower Hill England United Kingdom
The Gorilla Organization's flagship event, The Great Gorilla Run, is back for its 14th year on Saturday 17 September 2016. We need lots of volunteers to help us with the smooth running of the world's funnest event for conservation! Get in touch to help us.

Corporate Relations Volunteer

Application closing date: 6 Jul 2016
Location: London Greater London United Kingdom
Tomorrow’s Company is a not-for-profit think-tank that exists to inspire and enable business to be a force for good. Our goal is to encourage a business approach that creates value for staff, shareholders and society through a focus on purpose, values, relationships and the long-term.

Volunteer Visitor

Application closing date: 24 Oct 2016
Location: Heathrow Greater London United Kingdom
Detention Action is a small cutting edge NGO working in the field of human rights. We support people in the two immigration detention centres near Heathrow alongside London prisons and the Verne in Dorset, providing emotional and practical support and advice over the phone and in person.

Advocacy and Support Volunteer

Application closing date: 21 Oct 2016
Location: London - Islington Greater London United Kingdom
Detention Action is a small cutting edge NGO working in the field of human rights. We support people in the two immigration detention centres near Heathrow alongside London prisons and the Verne in Dorset, giving emotional and practical support and advice over the phone and in person.

Program and Institutional Fundraising Volunteer

Application closing date: 31 Jul 2016
Location: London England United Kingdom
We are looking for a volunteer with excellent analytical skills and an eye for unique opportunities to support our Program and Institutional Fundraising team with researching potential markets for fundraising and partnerships, identifying new donors and partners, and assisting in proposal writing.

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Westminster Boating: one-off volunteering

Starts: 29 Jun 2016 11:00 AM
Finishes: 29 Jun 2016 3:00 PM
Venue: Westminster Boating Base
​Celebrate the end of exams with some friends by having a wonderful day out volunteering by the Thames!

Summer Fayre Volunteer at Paddington (various shifts): one-off volunteering

Starts: 2 Jul 2016 10:00 AM
Finishes: 3 Jul 2016 7:00 PM
Venue: Paddington Recreation Ground
Come and volunteer at St John's Hospice second Summer Fayre of the year.

We will have over 10,000 visitors attending the fayre which makes it a fun, vibrant place to volunteer.

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