NYU London students will find a commitment to community service through volunteer activities organized by the student life staff. Some opportunities require a semester-long commitment while others offer the possibility to commit to a short term project for a day or weekend. Volunteering is an excellent way to branch out and come in to contact with different facets of the London community that students might not normally be introduced to. Students have remarked that their understanding of British culture and society has been deepened through community service and has also had an impact on their own personal views.
NYU London offers both ongoing and one-off Community Service opportunities. For students with a little more time, each semester we offer 30 placements in local schools for students who wish to work with teachers and help 5-7 year old children with their classes. NYU London is also invoved in Action Tutoring which gives students an opportunity to tutor a GCSE student from an inner-city London school.
For those students with less time to commit, we also offer a programme of one-off events which enables students to volunteer for a day or just a few hours. These events can vary from semester to semester. Previous students have acted as stewards for the Maggie’s Night Hike in conjunction with Open House weekend to raise money for Maggie’s Centres; raising money and awareness of youth homelessness; formed “cheering squads” for charities to support their runners during the London and Brighton Marathons; helped out by feeding meals to the homeless at the local Soup Kitchen; and taken part in environmental projects such as local gardening initiatives, clearing a conservation area and removing litter from the River Thames. In Fall 2012 NYU London succesfully ran its first volunteering weekend to Wales, where students got the opportunity to build footpaths in the Brecon Beacons .
If you are interested in Community Service/Volunteering while you study in London then please get in touch via our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Handbook (subject to change depending on semester)
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