Are you interested in adding an extra spin on your UCL experience? Read on to find out more about how you can get involved in volunteering.
First step! Browse our volunteering directory to find out what opportunities are recruiting students now. Every opportunity you find through us will provide training, support, travel expenses and an excellent opportunity to develop your skills.
You can also apply, safe in the knowledge that one of our team has pre-approved the opportunity and that all our charity partners have signed up to our recruiter service standards, guaranteeing your protection and support when you start to volunteer.
If you want to develop your leadership skills, we’ll give you the training, support and funding to set up your own community project with our Student-Led Volunteering Programme. If you don’t want to lead, you can get involved with one of our existing Student-Led Volunteering Projects and volunteer side-by-side with other UCL students.
"And of course the most important thing is the wellbeing aspect: you feel that you are doing something great for others and yourself."Salima from the IoE volunteered as an English Teacher for the Student-Led Project Impact Initiative
If you want to join a group of UCL students and volunteer together, find out more about it here.
The Community Research Initiative (CRIS) is a way for you to do something exciting with your master’s dissertation. We connect you with London’s voluntary sector to share knowledge and ideas. This collaboration will help shape your research project. Your work will be directly informed by a current community need in our capital.
Read more about how to get involved with CRIS here.
Why should I volunteer this year?
"Even now, I still think that volunteering is one of the best things I've done at UCL."Emilia is a second year English student - she mentors with the Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO).
Whether you want to improve your skillset, learn more about your field of study, give back to the community, or get to know London better – there is something for you! All the opportunities can be found on the volunteering directory. You can filter opportunities by skills, time commitment, location, categories and departments.
"I wanted an opportunity to grow in those non-technical areas, and volunteering is undoubtedly one of the best ways to do so."Teresa, a first-year Theoretical Physics student, produced a video series on various Astronomy topics at Off the Curriculum!
"It was a great way for me to build a deeper connection with the city and this was important for me as an international student."Tiantian, an Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment student volunteered at North London Cares as a Befriender.
We have lots of virtual volunteering opportunities on offer, so no matter where you are, there’s always something for you. For example, as a befriender, you can assist an isolated person to feel less lonely. You can also fight for social justice with the Roma Support Group, or Refuge.
"You never know the impact that you can have to someone's day until you step up and help them."Patricia studies MSci Biological Sciences and volunteered at Age UK as a Spanish Teacher.
If you can't find exactly what you're looking for and don't want to make a regular commitment, see our available time-light opportunities on our volunteering directory - just filter for 'one-off' or 'short-term'.
"The classic argument is that volunteering makes you feel good and I couldn’t agree more."Leonie is studying Psychology and volunteers as a Mentor at The Kids Network.
What’s happening in Term One?
Events are coming up regularly during Term One, so don’t worry if you don’t start looking for volunteering right away during Welcome week, we got you supported all throughout the term!
Join us for the Volunteering Fairs on the 6th and 7th of October! You will have the chance to meet with community partners, explore volunteering opportunities, and chat with like-minded students!
Listen in to our Online Panel Talks to get to know more about volunteering at charities in the fields of Tutoring & Mentoring on the 10th of October, Health on the 17th of October, and Heritage on the 24th of October.
Explore volunteering during the UCL Volunteering Week from the 31st of October: meet other volunteers during social events, get to know more community organisations at our fair, and develop your skills at our training sessions.
During Reading Week, participate in the Social Hackathons, problem-solving and solution-creating events that give you first-hand insight into what it's like to work in the charity sector. Volunteers are placed with a local not-for-profit organisation for one day, coming up with solutions to issues they currently face. The host organisation is then given funding by us to implement your solutions.