The following opportunities are run either by the SRC or in partnership with student run societies.
Please register and apply online for any of these opportunities via https://volunteer.src.gla.ac.uk/ and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Some of these options (e.g. Nightline, SVA, SKIP & Teddy Bear Hospital ) are not available for online application as they have their own internal recruitment process and so you must email email@example.com for more details before you can apply.
Initiatives run by the SRC
This option offers a couple of volunteering opportunities each year, helping with the Chinese New Year Celebrations, Burns Night and the International Students ceilidh, all of which take place in January/February. There is limited availability for this option, so please speak to the SVSS Coordinator if you are interested.
We match up students who have confidence in the fluency of their spoken English to help other students who have English as a second language. Your role is not to teach grammar or to correct coursework, rather by spending an hour or two per week in an informal setting you can help someone develop their confidence by chatting about a range of subjects. Some people meet their partner for many months, and develop friendships, but we have no set expectations and we would be happy to match you up again with someone else if you wish.
If you wish to apply for a volunteer to help you with your spoken English: Complete the Conversational English – Students who want to improve their English form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private Accommodation Viewing Service (PAVS)
This service began as a pilot run in summer 2015 and uses student volunteers to view private accommodation on behalf of international students. This opportunity runs from time to time during the year, with the main period being July – September. Volunteers are trained in how to complete a checklist of main points, in order to help prevent students from signing up for properties which are fictitious or in a poor state of repair.
Student Partner run opportunities
The SRC has ongoing partnerships with the following student run opportunities.
Glasgow University Service for the Homeless (GUSH)
GUSH is a long established student run initiative which provides volunteers at a regular soup kitchen for the homeless, located in the centre of Glasgow. Volunteers’ sign up for a 3 hour shift each month, but please be aware this is a very popular option and regular shifts can’t always be guaranteed.
Nightline is a listening ear service that operates through term time. Volunteers are required to help run this service and training is provided to successful candidates. This service is not a counselling service, but serves as a first line of contact for a wide range of issues experienced by students. Applications are welcomed by students who have attended information sessions in the first semester.
SVA and SKIP
Students Volunteer Abroad and Students for Kids International Project are two student run organisations who recruit volunteers with an interest in working in partnership with communities in developing countries. Anyone interested in this option should make contact with the societies directly, as they have their own recruitment procedures. Successful student are expected to give up time in the summer to complete their volunteering.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow promotes Chinese language and culture at the University and in the local community. Volunteers are needed on occasional or one off basis.