Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to the community – whether at home or abroad. At the same time you’ll develop a portfolio of skills that could open up new career paths in areas you may never have previously considered.
I have done many great things over this year and volunteering with Imperial Plus is definitely one of the highlights."
Imperial offers lots of ways for you to do something different with your spare time, and our students have a strong record for making a difference both in the local and global community. The Union's Community Connections volunteer service partners with over 150 external organisations to offer hundreds of volunteering opportunities, from tutoring in schools to community-based projects.
You may also get formal recognition of the skills you develop during your experience through the Union-run Imperial Plus accreditation scheme, which gives you access to free training workshops that run throughout the year.
One-off volunteering opportunities
Community Connections’ mass volunteering events are perfect for students who can’t commit to a regular volunteering activity.
You’ll be working alongside a lot of other students so it’s a great way to meet people from other Imperial campuses. And you’ll have the added bonus of gaining new skills.
Watch Abigael's vlog about volunteering at one of our postgraduate graduation ceremonies in the Royal Albert Hall.
Mentoring and tutoring
We recognise the valuable role our students play in inspiring the next generation of scientists. That’s why we run and collaborate in a number of flexible tutoring and mentoring schemes that you can take part in alongside your studies. Opportunities include:
- peer tutoring in local schools
- e-mentoring a Year 12 student, who is looking for help and support in science, engineering or medicine
- acting as an ambassador for Imperial in your former school or college
Read about our student blogger Henry's experiences volunteering as a tutor.
Becoming a student ambassador is a great way to get more involved in life at the College. Full training is provided, and it's a good opportunity to develop your transferable skills and gain valuable experience.
Become an ambassador
Campus tours, welcoming VIP visitors to campus and delivering student life talks are just some of the roles that our President's Ambassadors take on every year. The work includes a mixture of volunteer and paid opportunities.
Outreach Postgraduate Ambassadors
The Outreach Postgraduate Ambassador (OPA) scheme provides an opportunity for you to volunteer with local schools to inspire a young audience to consider studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business subjects.