SOAS Volunteering

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

SOAS Volunteering

Volunteering Unit

SOAS Make A Difference Celebration Recognises SOAS Volunteers and Entrepreneurs

The Make a Difference Celebration 2017 took place in the Cloister, Senate House North Block on May 24th.

Hosted by SOAS Careers Service, this event celebrated the achievements and impact of our students through volunteering and enterprise activities. We had an amazing response to the competition, and enjoyed hearing about all of the wonderful volunteering and enterprise activities that you do.

Many congratulations to the winners and runners up!

Volunteer of the Year winner: Holly Buck, Development and Social Anthropology – Holly is the volunteer winner of the year as she is responsible for setting up SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships, which has helped improve access to higher education at SOAS for displaced people.

Volunteer of the Year runner up: Saarah Ahmed, Arabic and Islamic studies – Saarah is recognised for founding ‘Food for Luca’, which is a voluntary initiative providing hot home cooked meals to the homeless.

Volunteer Team of the Year: For the volunteer team of the year the panel was unable to separate two nominees and so there are joint winners.

180 Degrees Consulting SOAS – Fleur de Braaf and Chloe Bertrand manage the SOAS branch of what is the world’s largest volunteer consultancy, and have helped a range of not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises to improve education and alleviate poverty.

SOAS Somali Society – The SOAS Somali Society’s main aim is improving the experience of Somali students on campus. They have achieved this by putting on a range of events, and fundraising for 3 different charities raising over £5500 in just 3 months!

Entrepreneur of the Year winner: Donatas Duobinis – Student enterprise president Donatas has been responsible for running a plethora of events to promote and foster entrepreneurship within the SOAS community and beyond. Donatas also led the establishment of Seed Fund to realise ideas of SOAS students.

Business Plan of the Year winner: Baptiste Fernandez and Donatas Duobinis for Project – Dymmo. Centred around a bike sharing business idea, this budding business aims to tackle the issues of air quality, transport and energy waste; and reduce carbon emissions. This service would allow users to rent a bike without needing to think about finding a parking station. In the longer run, when the project becomes successful, Donatas and Baptiste will strive to dedicate a share of profits towards honourable causes such as donating to charities or helping people in need.

Business Plan of the Year runner up: Will Knapman – Talk Education Partnership. The Talk Education Partnership is now a registered charity thanks to Will’s hard work. It focuses on providing free professional development training for Ugandan primary school teachers and delivering essential resources to schools, such as learning materials, desks and classrooms.

SOAS Volunteering Pledge

SOAS believes that volunteering exemplifies the ethical values of the School.

Through the Volunteering Unit, SOAS seeks to further embed a culture of volunteering amongst students and staff.The Volunteering Unit exists to promote volunteering opportunities to SOAS students and staff, as well as provide assistance to voluntary organisations that are looking to recruit volunteers.

The Pledge:

SOAS believes that volunteering exemplifies the ethical values of the School.

Volunteering enriches the student and staff experience at SOAS, as well as enhancing personal development

Volunteering fosters and enhances interaction with different communities – internally, locally, nationally and internationally

SOAS will continue to support and encourage students and staff to volunteer by:

  • Institutionally advocating the value of volunteering
  • Raising the profile of volunteering and volunteering opportunities at SOAS
  • Supporting and sustaining student-driven volunteering initiatives
Contact the Volunteering Unit:

Telephone: 020 7898 4115