I made volunteering part of my student life

Lizzie, member of The Senior Section, tells us about how easy she found it to volunteer for Girlguiding while completing her studies

Volunteering has allowed me to develop useful skills like leadership, teamwork and confidence, which have helped me all the way through school and university.

Volunteering with Girlguiding is really flexible, your role can be as big or as small as you want it to be, and you can fit it around your life.

New ways to stay involved

As a university student I was the Leader in charge of a Brownie unit, but I made the terms shorter to fit in with my university term times. Even when I had less time to devote to guiding, I still found a way to stay involved. For example, I volunteered as a Youth Editor, contributing to the content of an issue of guiding magazine via a private Facebook group.

I am currently in Spain on a year abroad but still manage to be a part of Girlguiding! Before leaving England I was a member of a Task and Finish Group to develop a new resource. Thanks to technology, I can stay involved while in another country. No matter where student life takes you, there is always a way to be included.

Girlguiding is like a family

As clich├ęd as it sounds, Girlguiding really is like a big family - if you ask for help you are sure to find it!

Like many students, I was low on funds and without my own transport, so I teamed up with another local unit to plan together and share resources. Collaborating with other volunteers saved money for both units, and also gave me moral support when I needed it as I was still quite new to being a Leader.

There was also always someone willing to give me a lift to or from the meeting place, so I didn't have to fork out for the bus.

Personal benefits of volunteering

The aim of volunteering is to help other people, but I have found endless advantages for me personally as well. Going to Brownies for an hour a week can be a great escape from deadlines, work or other stresses of life.

Volunteering has allowed me to develop useful skills like leadership, teamwork and confidence, which have helped me all the way through school and university.

It's also incredibly satisfying to see the positive impact you have on the girls' lives. There's nothing better than the girls hugging me after not seeing me in a while, or telling me they want to be a Leader one day too.

And of course, volunteering looks amazing on the all-important CV.

I have loved every experience I've had while volunteering for Girlguiding, and being a student has not held me back at all.

Become a student volunteer

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