There is a full programme of community service opportunities and trips, organized by the Student Life department. Community service offers a unique perspective on life in London, affording NYU London students the chance to meet people they would never otherwise get the opportunity to meet. The programmes also offer students an insight into areas of London and the UK that would often be inaccessible, and a different outlook on British culture.
We have established relationships with several organisations that allow our students to contribute to long-term projects; from volunteering in schools with the SHINE trust and Action Tutoring, to assisting Keeping In Touch (KIT) as they seek to improve care homes for the elderly. This sits alongside a programme of one-off trips, such as a series of soup kitchen shifts for students to participate in on a one-off basis, and impromptu events with organisations such as Trees for Cities and Thames 21.
Recently Student Life staff have developed the Volunteer UK programme, which gives a group of keen students the chance to spend a weekend away from London experiencing life outside of the City and contributing to local projects. The main event in this programme is the 'Wales Volunteering Weekend', which takes around 40 students on an overnight trip to volunteer in Snowdonia National Park. Students also visited Calais, France to volunteer at the distribution centre of L'Auberge Des Migrants.
NYU London is a longstanding supporter of London Culture Crawl, organised by Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres to raise funds and awareness. During the Spring semester we take our students to the seaside to volunteer as the best cheer squad for Great Ormond Street Hospital at the Brighton Marathon!