Frequently asked questions

Yes. The contact details will be available on each of the opportunities that we advertise, under the section 'how to apply'.

In some cases, yes. In most cases, it is an informal chat to give the organisation a chance to know you and see where your interests lie. Sometimes they might assign you a different task if you both decide that it would be more beneficial.

A role description is an essential requirement that we ask of every organisation that wishes to advertise a volunteering opportunity with us.

A role description, complete with person specification, spells out the knowledge, skills and experience required from a candidate. These will be advertised with every vacancy that we place on our system. If you feel that a certain vacancy does not have enough detail, please let us know.

Some organisations will require you to do some specialist training (such as that relating to codes of conduct, operating equipment, etc.), but this training will be given to you by the organisation itself. It is the organisation’s responsibility to look after you while you are volunteering with it.

If, for whatever reason, you are not enjoying the placement or suddenly discover that you might not be able to commit to it, you should come and talk to us immediately.

It is sometimes difficult to find an obvious match between the volunteering opportunities and your motivations. If you have such a dilemma, making use of our advice sessions for volunteers might just be the answer. Alternatively, get in touch with us for a chat at [email protected] or on +44 (0)20 7911 5184.

The fact that you can’t find a suitable opportunity today doesn’t mean you won’t find one tomorrow, or in a week's time. Our database is updated on a daily basis, so we recommend that you keep checking it regularly.

In addition to the list of opportunities on our website, there are many more on

If you still can't find a suitable vacancy, please come and talk to us, we might be able to help you.

Our main area of service is brokering volunteering opportunities from third parties, mainly charities. There are cases where charities advertise volunteering opportunities that they sometime agree to turn into a work experience project. However, that is entirely left for the student to negotiate.

In other words, you may treat any of our volunteering opportunities as work experience projects if you are able to secure a position and persuade the host organisation to accommodate your work experience needs.

Our focus is helping students to volunteer in the local community. However, we do have lists of organisations that specialise in sending volunteers overseas, so contact us if this interests you.

When you have registered on the online vacancy and events system (ProspectsNet) you will receive information on opportunities relevant to your specified interests. Additionally we send out a monthly email to all registered volunteers listing a selection of suitable volunteering opportunities.

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