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Volunteering gives you the opportunity to make a positive impact and gain experience, while enhancing your own development.


Volunteering to give your time, energy and experience helps others and there are also many benefits for you.

As a volunteer you can gain:

  • valuable employability skills
  • practical work experience
  • a network of contacts
  • potential employment opportunities
  • the chance to try something new

Voluntary work can be flexible to fit around your commitments. You can choose to volunteer alongside your course, as part of your study, during vacation periods or in a gap year.

It's also worth bearing in mind that some careers are difficult to get into without previous volunteer experience, for example working in development or the environment.

If you are giving up your free time and wanting to give your best, it is wise to do something you are passionate about.

Further information

Save the Student has a volunteering guide for beginners, which highlights the benefits of volunteering and gives examples of the types of opportunity available.

Prospects offers advice on volunteering, including how to find volunteering opportunities in both the UK and overseas.

Finding opportunities

We've listed below a range of websites to help you find volunteering opportunities in the North East, the UK and overseas.

Newcastle University students and registered eligible graduates can also search for voluntary opportunities on MyCareer, under Vacancies.

Virtual volunteering

Working from home as a volunteer can be a good option if you want experience which is flexible around your study commitments.

Virtual volunteering allows you to contribute your spare time to a good cause, while building up experience and skills in a variety of areas. The work can usually be completed remotely, from home so it's a very flexible way to gain work experience. Virtual volunteering can include:

  • writing
  • editing
  • translation
  • research
  • IT
  • training

The following websites provide further information and opportunities:

Funding a voluntary project

Find opportunities and information on funding voluntary projects.

You can apply for up to £500 to fund a student-led project through the Make it Happen Fund.

Newcastle University Student Wellbeing Service has a section on expeditions with information about funding and previous expeditions for inspiration.

The website has information on applying for funding for community projects, including links to local government contacts.

More help

Get help from the Careers Service and find information about employment rights as a volunteer.

Advice from the Careers Service

For further help and advice about volunteering, book an online information appointment or submit a query via MyCareer.

Employment rights

Visit for information about employment rights as a volunteer.