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Why volunteer?

Volunteering is personally rewarding and offers students an invaluable opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and experience alongside their studies. 

Volunteering is for everyone and there are a variety of volunteering roles that suit all interests. You may volunteer in care work, education, teaching, campaigning and fundraising, health and office work.

Ten top reasons to volunteer

Volunteering provides many great new challenges, friendships and an incredibly fulfilling experience. Below is the top ten reasons why you should volunteer: 

  1. Experience personal growth.
  2. Amazingly rewarding.
  3. Make a difference.
  4. Use your skills to benefit others.
  5. Explore a potential career.
  6. Develop new skills or existing skills.
  7. New friendships.
  8. Try something out of your comfort zone.
  9. Enhancing your CV.
  10. Improve employment prospects.

Organisations to start your volunteering journey

There are many opportunities for volunteering. Here are some useful organisations to start your volunteering path.

Most of these companies act as volunteering brokers who not only offer great opportunities but also provide information, advice and signposting to appropriate volunteering experiences.

Locally based charities

Why not volunteer for a Southampton based charity and make a difference to your local community.

These Southampton based charities have promoted a range of volunteering opportunities for our students.

Approach them with a targeted CV and covering letter explaining why you are passionate about getting work experience with their organisation:

National and international charities

If you have some time to spare and would like to use it to benefit a cause or a particular charity, consider making a difference with one of these well-known organisations.

Explore their websites and application process to find out how to approach them:

Volunteering overseas

If you want to give something back and help others but also want to travel abroad, why not volunteer overseas.

Volunteering overseas is a great opportunity to help a community, learn a new language, gain a deeper understanding of a country's culture and to explore.

These volunteering organisations offer a wide range of different projects and advice on volunteering abroad:



Page last updated on Wednesday 12 July 2017 at 10.03am.


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