Students acknowledge the positive benefits of volunteering for enhancing their employability, with half of recent graduates, (under 30) who are in paid work saying that volunteering helped them secure employment. We offer a wide range of rewarding opportunities for you to volunteer within the local community or further afield, enabling you to explore cultural issues or help a cause close to your heart.
From one-off environmental activities to longer term involvement, working with young people, children, prisoners or families to getting involved in a campaign you’re passionate about – there will be something ideal for you. Commit yourself long-term or just for a one-off event, we can help you find the right opportunity and support you to get started. Plus it’s possible to fit your volunteering round other university and family commitments.
STAMP is our Student Ambassador Programme and if you decide to join the team, you’ll play a key role in the recruitment of students to BGU. As well as providing a well-balanced view of exactly what higher education entails from your first hand experience, you’ll also be helping out during Open Days, conducting campus tours, giving talks at schools and colleges and a wide range of activities which will call upon your expertise and experience. As a Student Ambassador you’ll work alongside staff members, forming strong working relationships which can provide excellent experience for your future. STAMP is always a great enhancement to your CV, helping to further your development. Click here for more information and how to get started.
The Joint Universities’ Mentoring Project or JUMP, is a project which aims to support both primary and secondary pupils, who are in foster care for a variety of reasons and BGU is one of the partners in the project, along with Lincoln University. The aim is to increase educational achievement by motivating young people to think about their future, increase academic and self esteem, and engage with role models who make the possibility of going on to higher education seem achievable.
Recruitment of volunteers starts early each academic year and if you’re interested in finding out more, look out for information in September or email email@example.com.
Gap Year Volunteering – Overseas
Volunteering overseas can give you a whole new perspective on life, and make a world of difference to someone else’s life, too. There are a huge number of opportunities to use your skills and time – travelling independently or as part of a group. You could spend part of your vacation abroad, or think about taking a longer period volunteering once you graduate. There’s loads of help out there to get you thinking and set you on your way, and you could even get financial support from the BG Generations Foundation Fund.
Gap Year Volunteering – UK
Long-term volunteering doesn’t have to take you a long way from home. There are opportunities in the UK which will really open your eyes to different experiences and perspectives, projects where you can learn about yourself and think radically and creatively about your future. You’ll need to start planning early, but there’s plenty of advice and support available, and you could even get financial help from the BG Generations Foundation Fund.
Travel scholarships of up to £500 are available to you to undertake voluntary work both in the UK and overseas. The scholarships are funded not just through philanthropic donations but also through a range of activities including overseas challenges in countries as diverse as Peru, Iceland and China.
To find out more about these and many more volunteering opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or come and see us in the Hardy Building. Click here for how to get started and information on the Volunteering Award, all students are eligible to apply for.