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International Volunteering

Students’ Union UCL cannot recommend any particular international volunteering opportunities, as we are unable to verify the quality of the placements offered or the soundness of the management.

However, we can provide some basic advice and links to websites you may find useful. We also send out an occasional bulletin about international volunteering, and can provide a list of international volunteering recruiters - subscribe here.

Carl Svasti-Salee

Carl is a 4th Year Medical student. He is a Project Leader with the MEDucate project, at primary schools around central London.

How often do you volunteer, and for long?
Once every one or two weeks, for an hour or two. I put in a couple more hours in this time, as a project leader, with administrative work.

What do you do as a volunteer?

Caroline Brown

Caroline Brown studies German & History . She volunteers with the 1st Covent Garden Brownies (girls aged 6 to 10 years). She also set up her own project through the VSU – a German Cultural Day for year 10 school pupils.

How often do you volunteer, and for long?
Brownies is once a week, for 1 hour, although setting up and clearing away takes a bit longer!! And as Leader-in-Charge, I need to spend some time outside of sessions planning and doing some administration.

Local vintage charity shops in need of UCL students

We all love a vintage charity shop – but have you ever thought of volunteering at one?

Octavia Foundation have just opened new shops in Victoria and Kentish Town and are looking for Volunteer Sales Assistants to help with their running.

Volunteering in the UK outside of London

Going home in the UK over summer?  Why not check out the volunteering opportunities available in your area.

With over 50,000 opportunities available the national volunteering website Do-It is the best place to start.  On the website you can also search for any organisations you know the name of already that may be recruiting in your area.

Alumni stories: Tom Traill

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My experience volunteering at UCL, with the help of the Volunteering Services Unit, was transformational.”

Alumni stories: Caitlin Elise Nisos

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“Volunteering is also a great way to tap into communities of like-minded people and make new friends, to diversify and broaden your social network.”

Harvey Ellerby

Harvey is a first year undergraduate studying Finnish and East European Studies. He volunteers once a week as a ReachOut! Mentor at Carlton Primary School in Camden.

What do you do as a volunteer?

UCL Engineering and Volunteering

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“At UCL Engineering, volunteering is at the core of our engagement strategy.

'A Harmonious Melange’

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Last June, The Volunteering Services Unit recruited volunteers for an event run by Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum.

"Volunteering has made me a more patient, caring and conscious citizen."

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Fania Christodoulides is a third year Chemical Engineering student, who has volunteered during the past academic year as a Project Leader for

The Green Volunteering Fair - this Thursday!

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Come along to our Green Volunteering Fair and find out about a world of opportunities to get involved.

Volunteering Service - Accident & Emergency Procedure

This page outlines the Accident and Emergency procedures for students on Student Led Projects. It is directed towards Activity Leaders and Project Leaders.

If you’re a member of a Club / Society, please see the How To Guides.

In all accidents, injuries or near miss cases, Activity Leaders must complete a UCL Incident Form.

Volunteering Society

UCL Volunteering Society (VolSoc) is a network of UCL students who meet up to volunteer, plan events, run fundraisers and socialise.

You can join their society for free and be the first to know when they’re planning to go as a group to volunteer at events, find out how to get involved in planning their activities through the committee and meet like-minded students at their socials.

Staff Volunteering

Even though we’re based in the students’ union, we can also help UCL staff find interesting voluntary work. All you have to do is drop us a line ( or phone extension 30145, and we’ll book you in for an appointment with one of our staff to discuss what’s on offer.