Celebrating Student Volunteering Week

Students volunteering for Marie CurieThis week, universities up and down the UK are celebrating Student Volunteering Week. Student volunteers have long supported Marie Curie, from gaining vital experience through our Internship Programme to cheering people on at events. We want to say a big thank you to all our student volunteers, we think you’re amazing!

If you’re a student, you may be asking, what’s in it for me? The answer is simple, lots! Here are five ways which you can benefit from volunteering.

1. You’ll get the experience you’re looking for

We all know that employers are looking for more than a degree these days. They’re looking for experience and by volunteering you can really make yourself stand out from the crowd. It demonstrates to a potential employer that you've really thought about your future and taken steps to increase your experience. 

2. You can develop new skills you never knew you had

The beauty of volunteering is that it’s so flexible and the opportunities are endless. By taking on a role you haven’t done before, you’re setting yourself a challenge and giving yourself the opportunity to push yourself into a new direction. Take a look at some of the opportunities we have on offer. If you find something you like the look of, you can apply online right away. It’s as simple as that.

3. You can get a great reference

At Marie Curie, we’re more than happy to provide references for our volunteers once they’ve been with us for a while. This will look great on your CV and, again, will really help if you've yet to gain any work experience.

4. No matter how much time you can give, there’s a role for you

One of the best things about volunteering is that it’s not limited by time – if all you have is a spare five minutes to give us then great! Maybe you can tweet about us or fill out a quick survey, or if you’ve got a few hours, you could help marshal at an event or place some collection tins at your Student Union. And if you have even more time to give, the possibilities are endless

And surely the most important bit of all…

5. You’ll have fun

Volunteering is, and should be above anything else, fun. No matter what role you take on you’ll be working with a group of people who are passionate about the work Marie Curie does and who know how to have a good time.

Every March we turn towns up and down the country yellow during our Great Daffodil Appeal. What better way to celebrate Student Volunteering Week than by donating just a couple of hours of your time to collect for the appeal. Our collectors tell us it's great fun and you'll get a real flavour of what it’s like to volunteer for us, while raising vital funds to help us provide care and support for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.

Sign up to collect

Student Volunteering Week runs from 23 Febrary to 1 March. For more information visit http://www.studentvolunteeringweek.org.uk/