Volunteering is a great way for students to add work experience to their CV whilst also giving something back to society and the local community. Most universities in London will help you find the perfect volunteering placement for you.
Four Reasons to Become a Student Volunteer
- Add work experience to your CV – team working, problem solving and leadership skills
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Network with businesses and make contacts
- Give something back to your local community
There are 1,000s of great volunteering opportunities in London, from being a part of the Olympic Games to helping new students at your university.
The Olympic Volunteer
James Xu is an undergraduate student at University College London from China (pictured). He is currently volunteering with LOCOG, the organisation responsible for organising the London 2012 Olympics. He is one of 70,000 Olympic volunteers who will help the city prepare for and host the greatest show on earth.
“Volunteering has changed my life,” he told us. It was while volunteering at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games that James decided to follow the Olympic Flame to London and study in the city. He explains, “Volunteering makes a difference to the wider community and makes other people’s lives better.” And as a student in a new city, volunteering is also a great way to make new friends.
Become a Student Ambassador
You can volunteer at most London universities to become a student ambassador. As an ambassador your work will be varied, from welcoming new students to helping with marketing projects. You’ll often work in teams and becoming a student ambassador is a great way to meet new people and also understand more about how your university works.
How to Find Volunteering Opportunities
You university’s career’s office usually has a list of volunteering opportunities in London. They will give you advice on which roles you are most suited for and also introduce you to the organisation offering the volunteering position.
You can also search for voluntary work in London yourself. There are lots of great online databases you can search to find voluntary work. The best and most comprehensive is do-it.org which has 1,000s of volunteering opportunities for you too choose from.
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Video – The Benefits of Student Volunteering