Social responsibility is a big part of student life in the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), with a range of engagement activities and opportunities to put your learning into action, whatever programme you’re studying.
SEED has regular opportunities to get involved in community engagement and outreach, including public events and widening participation in schools. Volunteering in a school is a great way to get experience for a career in education or to gain transferable skills while supporting the local community.
You could gain experience in environment and conservation by volunteering with one of the many local environmental organisations, or with SEED’s own Tree Musketeers initiative, while if you’re interested in global development and international communities you could take advantage of the support and opportunities offered by the University’s overseas volunteering programme.
You may also want to think about specific skills you want to develop as you may be able to do this through volunteering opportunities that are not necessarily related to your degree.
Tree Musketeers offers SEED students the chance to support the wider community by partnering with local organisations aiming to conserve the natural environment. Put your knowledge and enthusiasm for environment and conservation into practice in a group with your fellow students. Find out more on the Tree Musketeers blog at the link below or search for UoM Tree Musketeers on Facebook.
If you’re not sure about what volunteering you would like to do or you would like to chat through some of these opportunities, the Volunteering Team is here to help!
Drop in to the Atrium (1st floor University Place) Mondays 12-1pm or Wednesdays 1-2pm. If you can’t make a drop-in, you can call or email us to arrange a meeting.
Georgraphy student Emily volunteers at a social enterprise cafe on campus.
Chloe is a masters student studying Environmental Governance. She was part of the ‘Teaching Children to Save the World’ programme that goes out to local schools to deliver educational sessions about the environment.
"I got involved because I find that with environmental work you need to have a lot volunteering experience, it is just a necessary thing. I always wondered whether I wanted to go into environmental education so this is a chance for me to see if it was something that I liked, and I do, so this is a possible career option for me."