Frequently Asked Question
What is volunteering?
Volunteering is an activity which:
- Has a charitable aim, seeking to benefit individuals or groups beyond the university community
- Is freely undertaken (i.e. not a direct part of an academic course)
- Is not for personal financial gain (i.e. is not a paid role although reasonable expenses can be reimbursed)
- Is a 'formal' arrangement agreed and recognised by KCLSU, organised through a society, club, project, charity or other organisation
How do I get started?
The first step to getting started is to create a profile in the volunteering record here: www.kclsu.org/volunteering/record.
From here you can find opportunities, log your hours for community projects, course rep role, community project, club/society committee role and student activities committee role.
I'm volunteering for an external organisation, what should I log my hours as?
You can log your hours for external organisations by adding a community project. Community project encompasses any volunteering that is not a society/club, course rep or student activities committee.
How do I search for volunteering projects?
Once you have created your profile, you can click browse opportunities at the top of the page:
Click 'Browse Opportunities' to see the list of organisations offering volunteer opportunities.
Can I find student led volunteering through the volunteering record?
Yes, absolutely! Each society that runs a volunteering project is given a provider profile where they are able to add the opportunities available to them.
How long will it take until I can start volunteering?
This depends on the role and the necessary requirements (like having a DBS check). Each one is different, some may be rolling applications that allow you to start immediately and others may have a longer recruitment process. Ask the organisation when you apply and they should be able to tell you.
Do I need previous experience or skills?
Most projects simply ask for enthusiasm and commitment, however other projects may have specific requirements. These will be detailed in the opportunity in the Volunteering Record so you will be able to see whether there are specific requirements you need to meet.
When do the volunteering projects take place?
All year round! You can choose from projects that run every week, every month, or one-off days. Our student-led projects generally run all year with breaks for holidays and exams.
I didn't sign up in Semester One. Can I still volunteer?
Yes! We have volunteering projects available all year round. Each role will be different, some will be on a rolling basis, others will open in January and some you may have sadly missed. But don't fret, contact the volunteering department and we can help you find something!
Where are the volunteering projects based?
All of our volunteering projects are based in London and some student society volunteering projects are on KCLSU campuses!
What if I don't like my volunteering placement?
If you start a volunteering placement but are not happy - please let us know. We can support you to sort out any problems or help you to find another placement.
Please remember that many organisations rely heavily on volunteers so remember to be honest with them if you having problems or are thinking of stopping your volunteering.
Can I take a break from volunteering during university vacations?
The organisations understand that students need to take breaks for holidays and during exam periods. The most important thing is to tell them in advance so that organisations can plan around you.
Will it cost anything?
Volunteering is free other than your time. You may need to pay for travel and lunch expenses depending on the project.
External charities may also refund your travel costs for any volunteering you do with their projects so ask them how to reclaim your costs.
I'm looking for part-time paid work, can you help?
Volunteering can help you develop skills for your future career and looks great on your CV but you will not be paid. You can find part time jobs with help from the KCL Careers Service.
Will I be recognised for my volunteering?
Yes, we run the volunteering award that rewards students for the hours you spend volunteering. There are 4 awards and these are awarded at the end of the academic year.
- Bronze - 25 hours
- Silver - 50 hours
- Gold - 100 hours
- Platinum - 150 hours
Do you offer any training?
We offer to safeguard training and are currently looking into creating more training opportunities both student led and expertly led.
Who can I contact for advice?
If you need any advice or have any questions that weren't answered here you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org