Student volunteering

Whatever time you have to give, student volunteering is highly rewarding - and can give your CV a real edge

Fantastic and flexible opportunities for students at school, college or university

You can join us in a leadership role or in one of the supporting roles that make our charity tick.

Volunteer and make a difference

Work with young people, gain voluntary experience and develop skills from first aid to fundraising. It’s time to get involved with Girlguiding

Why should I get involved?

Giving some time at a local Girlguiding group is a great way to really get to know the new community you live in – outside the student bubble! It’s also really helped me to prioritise and manage my time – great transferable life skills going forward - Isla, volunteer

Guiding can enhance your student experience and help you build a host of highly transferable skills. It's all about...

  • Fun - deadlines, coursework and early-morning lectures - university can be tough sometimes! Guiding can give you the space to let off steam when work mounts up - whether that's through once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like GOLD or just the mess and mayhem of weekly unit meetings.
  • Friendship - moving away to a new place can be scary. But guiding can offer you a support network outside of university. Many of our volunteers make life-long friends through guiding, and those who travel far away to go to university can guarantee a warm welcome from their local guiding group.
  • Flexibility - many students involved in guiding plan their unit meetings on a termly basis - meaning you don't need to worry about guiding getting in the way of your schedule. There are also many volunteer roles that operate on a casual basis.
  • Future - volunteering at Girlguiding offers a highly enjoyable way of enhancing your employability outside of ordinary work experience. You could even volunteer in a specialist role - such as a photographer or event planner - to give you valuable experience in your chosen career.

Make your CV stand out

I've got the most packed CV ever - there are so many opportunities for leadership, to organise projects on a large scale, be part of something bigger - Lucy, Brownie Leader

There's no doubt that volunteering at Girlguiding will enhance your CV. Here are some of the valuable skills you could gain as part of our charity.

  • Teamwork - whether you're planning meetings with your fellow volunteers, or collaborating on a community project, guiding offers numerous chances to work effectively as a team.
  • Leadership - developing leadership skills is integral to many of our volunteering roles, especially those responsible for coordinating local guiding.
  • Organisation - planning a trip abroad, or simply a weekly meeting - it all counts.
  • Motivation. Gaining any award or qualification in guiding - from our Leadership qualification to our safeguarding training - shows that you are reliable, dedicated and can work independently.
  • Communication - if you’re making contact with parents, Commissioners, young members, external contacts – anyone – then you’re demonstrating excellent communication skills.

That’s not to mention the more specific skills that different roles within guiding can give you. You could become a Public Relations Adviser, giving support to units in your area and gaining on-the-job experience of working with the media. Or perhaps you might fancy training other volunteers - a fantastic way to prepare for a career in learning and development.

Whoever you want to be, guiding can support you to achieve your full potential.