Student Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to enhance your time at university, add to your CV ‌and most importantly give something back.

Volunteering can help you develop skills in lots of ways:

  • it can help with your personal development
  • give you the skills to get into an area of work you would like to pursue
  • increase confidence and meet new people
  • explore an occupation you are interested in
  • communication with diverse groups of people
  • enhance your CV.

There are different ways you can volunteer, go to TargetConnect to look at a range of opportunities. 

Taking part in the My Stirling Award?  record it!

 

Stirling Union

Stirling Students Union can help you find volunteering opportunities

Whether you are looking for a one-off project or a regular opportunity, there are many different ways you can get involved and give back to our community whilst doing something fun and interesting. 

Take a look at the employability pages to see how you could help.

 There are several sources of volunteering opportunities you can search, try the below links

  • Volunteering Matters [formerly CVS]- ─ the UK's largest volunteering and training organisation
  • Do-it.org ─ a national database of volunteering opportunities advertising projects and placements across a wide range of sectors.
  • Timebank ─projects mainly around mentoring and youth-led volunteering
  • TARGETconnect ─ updated regularly with short and long term opportunities in the UK and overseas
  • Vinspired ─ aimed at getting 16-25 year olds into volunteering. You can search by location and areas of interest
  • Volunteering England  UK and overseas volunteering opportunities

There are hundreds of volunteer projects around the world. Most will ask for some kind of donation or fee to cover costs, therefore ensure that you research the company thoroughly before giving any money.

Starting points

Going Global - information on volunteering, working and living abroad covering over 100 countries. It provides direct access to websites of relevant organisations eg embassies, associations... etc. Free for University of Stirling students and Graduates.

 
  • I-to-I ─ organise volunteer placements from 2 weeks to over 2 months
  • Prospects ─ provides a dedicated webpage of information about volunteer work opportunities abroad
  • Work and Volunteer Abroad (WAVA) ─ offers a variety of volunteer projects around the world
  • Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) ─ recruits volunteers from around the world and offers specialist short-term projects, volunteer jobs and volunteering for 18-25 year old in over 30 countries
  • Step -together volunteering (formerly Worldwide Volunteering) ─ has over 1.6 million volunteering opportunities available per year. You can build a profile of your ideal volunteering project which is then matched against the projects in the database
  • Xchange Scotland:  Over 40 countries worldwide.
  • Volunteer Abroad

Stirling Students' Union has over 80 different clubs and societies that you can join so there’s bound to be something that will suit your interests and if not – just set up your own (now that kind of initiative really impresses…) 

You can join at any time of the year so you don’t need to wait for the fairs during Freshers or Refreshers weeks (though they are great opportunities to explore all the options).

 

 

 

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