There are many different ways in which you can participate in volunteering during your studies and many reasons why students decide to get involved with a voluntary role.
Examples of volunteering opportunities include:
- ABDNCommunity Volunteering Programme: provides students with a set of skills reflection and development activities to complete whilst undertaking an approved volunteering opportunity.
- Co-curriculum opportunities: including BP Student Tutoring, Careers Service Ambassadors as well as a range of other roles recognised by the STAR Award.
- AUSA Volunteering: including Class Representatives or volunteer roles with local charities.
- Voluntary Services Aberdeen: more local volunteering opportunities.
- UK wide voluntary opportunities: a wide range of charities and NGO’s advertise voluntary roles throughout the UK. Some of these are linked from our resources. However this is not an exhaustive list. Research organisations you are passionate about and find out what you can do.
- International voluntary opportunities: for many students, volunteering abroad is an attractive option. Whilst there are some great opportunities out there it is important to do your research and consider the cost implications, as well as any ethical issues. View our resources on international volunteering.
If you decide to take a volunteering role, you may be able to receive recognition for your efforts via the Saltire Awards.
For many work sectors, such as the third sector and environmental conservation, gaining work experience through volunteering will give you a distinct advantage when applying for graduate roles.