Volunteering is a great way to make a difference and to meet new people within the castle and local community. As well as being a lot of fun, volunteering really enhances your experience at the Castle and helps you develop new skills. Students have volunteered weekly:
- In the local primary and preschools
- At the Cat Adoption centre
- With the Brownies
- With the Guides
- At the Village Information Centre
- In the Castle Gardens
Part 1 – Placement Selection (begining of semester)
You will be asked to select up to 5 choices for a volunteer placement from a drop down menu. You do not have to choose 5 but the more choices you give the more chance you have of being matched to a placement. While we do try to match you to your first choice of placement, it is not always possible. Therefore, the ranking of your other choices becomes important. If you only want to select the Primary School for example, you could select the Primary School 3 times but choose different day/time slots for each one. Each placement on the list is specific to a time and day – so please ensure you select the correct one – and make sure you are free during this slot! You cannot miss academic commitments to volunteer.
Part 2 – Application Questions
The application also includes a few questions to which you need to write a short response. These questions ask about your interest in volunteering and help to match people to the right placement for them. They also help to tell the host organisations a little bit about who is coming to volunteer with them. This part of the application is used for competitive placements, where more than one student applies for one placement opening.
In addition Student Services organises or helps facilitate a number of one-off opportunities such as:
- Apple and pear picking
- Charity events for Chestnut Treehouse (a children’s hospice in East Sussex)
- Poppy sales
- Church yard clears ups and more
We’re always keen to develop new volunteering opportunities too and have a lot of contacts in the local area so if there is a particular place or field you were interested in volunteering in let Student Services know.
Volunteer with Student Services as a Peer Health Educator (PHE)
Student Services has three volunteer positions:
- Physical Health PHE
- Mental Health and Wellness PHE
- Integrated Health PHE
Each position requires approximately 3-5 hours commitment each week. The objective of the program is to provide more opportunities for students to become engaged within the BISC community, to promote holistic health and wellness, and to promote the development of new skills and competencies amongst students studying at the BISC.
All students who participate in the Peer Health Educator program will develop further competency in the following areas:
- Critical thinking skills and problem-solving ability
- Communication skills
- Data collection and analysis
- Goal setting and achievement
- Organization skills
- Project implementation
- Realistic self-appraisal
- Time Management
By the end of a semester of volunteering, each volunteer will also have developed further position-specific competencies. Full details, including how to apply, will be emailed to all students at the beginning of the semester.