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Check out what students have been up to this year by reading their stories and if you’d like to contribute your own story please contact Yasmin for a chat!

“It’s just amazing to see the progress of the project from the beginning all the way to now” - Mohamed Afify

Read Mohamed’s full story about being a project leader for the Student-Led Project, Impactive

Final-year Mechanical Engineering with Business Finance student Mohamed Afify is the Project Leader for Impactive. They come up with and create innovative aids in collaboration with people with disabilities.

“Volunteering with Politeach has made me want to become a teacher” - Lucy Bacon

Read Lucy’s full story about being a Project Leader for Student-Led Project: Politeach.

Final-year English Language and Literature student, Lucy Bacon, is Project Leader for Politeach. The Project raises political engagement and understanding among primary school children.

“For me, volunteering on Friday is one of the highlights of my week” - Diandra Sovailescu

Read Rebecca, Diandra, and Claudia’s full story about being Project Leaders for Student-Led Project, After School Crew.

SELCS students Rebecca Stewart, Diandra Sovailescu, and Claudia Colliva are Project Leaders for After School Crew, a Student-Led Project that provides after school homework help for children in the King’s Cross area.

“It is important that everyone understands what deafness is” - Calum Medlock

Read Calum’s full story about being a Project Leader for Student-Led Project, Sign Language Project

2nd year Mathematics Student, Calum Medlock, is a Project Leader for the Sign Panguage Project. The project aims to teach children basic British Sign Language skills.

“I think it was amazing to see how much we accomplished in one session” - Dorad Hasani

Read Dorad’s full story about his experience at our Social Hackathon with Age UK Westminster.

2nd year Astrophysics student, Dorad Hasani, took part in Age UK Westminster’s Social Hackathon, in which UCL students helped improve their website design to be more accessible to those who are visually impaired. 

“We want to encourage everyone into a different kind of physical activity, and to have fun with it!” - Clara Lim

Read Clara’s full story about being Project Leader for DanceIt!: an outreach programme run by UCL Dance Society.

4th year Medical student, Clara Lim, is a Project Leader for DanceIt!. The Project provides dance workshops to local schools and community centres. 

“Looking at what we did in our groups and how everything came together, it was lovely to see our hard work” - Rhea Alexander

Read Rhea’s full story about her day with Fulham Good Neighbours, as part of our Social Hackathons programme.

2nd year Mathematics student, Rhea Alexander, took part in Fulham Good Neighbour’s Social Hackathon day, in which she supported the small charity by researching the pros and cons of setting up a trading subsidiary and how it would be implemented.

“Being a Project Leader…it’s like being able to make your own small pocket of change” - Naz Rassa

Read Naz’s full story about being a Project Leader for UCL Healthy Planet.

Naz Rassa is a fifth-year Medical student and also the Project Leader for the Student-Led Volunteering Project Healthy Planet UCL. Find out what inspired her to start the project, her personal attachment to the project’s aims, and the fantastic response she’s had from schoolchildren.

“It has boosted my confidence in terms of making a difference in the lives of other people” - Nowsha Farha

Read Nowsha’s full story about her experience being a Project Leader for UCL Amnesty International Outreach.

Nowsha Farha is a first year BSc Social Sciences with Quantitative Methods student, and also the Project Leader for UCL Amnesty International Outreach. Find out what inspired her to lead the Project, and what she’s enjoyed about being Leader.

“It has given me a flavour of the kind of environment I will be working in after I graduate.” - Adrianna Chmielewska

Read Adrianna’s full story about her experience volunteering with Action Tutoring.

Adrianna Chmielewska, a 2nd year Comparative Literature student, shared with us her volunteering story with Action Tutoring. Find out how she discovered her passion for teaching, the importance of tackling education inequality and how being a volunteer tutor prepares Adrianna for her future career.

“I think it’s such an amazing way to help people. Five, ten years ago, I don’t think what Just Like Us do would have even been a thing in schools.” - Rhianna Betts

Read Rhianna’s full story about her time volunteering with Just Like Us.

Rhianna Betts, a second-year History student, was more than happy to share her volunteering story. Find out what she’s been getting up to as an LGBT+ ambassador, how she developed her public speaking skills, and the importance of talking about LGBT+ experiences.

“We want to empower these girls…we love making a real difference and seeing all the girls so happy to be able to have opportunities” - Emilia and Ieva

Read Emilia and Ieva’s full story about their experience as Project Leaders for On & Up: Women in Finance.

Emilia Vandamme and Ieva Karvelyte came into the office to talk to us about their experiences setting up and volunteering with On & Up: Women in Finance, a project that aims to empower young women and encourage them to go to university and follow their passions.

“I am really excited about the workshops but also nervous. We have put in a lot of hard work in preparing these sessions and hopefully we are successful in putting a smile on our clients’ faces and helping them to really express themselves freely.” - Anjumon Ali

Read Anjumon’s full story about being Project Leader for Double Exposure.

Anjumon Ali tells us about the project she’s set up with her peers in BA Geography this year.  Double Exposure has been set up in collaboration with a Camden-based charity supporting vulnerable adults to run photography workshops - raising awareness of people experiencing homelessness in London.

“It’s so lovely to see young students have so much passion about STEM – it warms my heart.” - Arina Al-Rhosky

Read Arina’s full story about her experience as Project Leader for Engineers for International Development Outreach.

Arina Al-Rhosky is a 2nd year Mechanical Engineering student, who came in for a chat about her experience as a Project Leader for ‘Engineers for International Development Outreach’. She tells us the benefits of cultivating your own project, how it feels to inspire students, and some top tips if you’re interested in Student-Led Projects!

“It ended up being very rewarding knowing I was doing something proactive with my time, which I would have spent watching TV otherwise.” - Rianna Pindoria

Read Rianna’s full story about volunteering through our Ongoing placements, One-Off opportunities and Student-Led Projects.

We spoke with 3rd Year Chemistry student Rianna Pindoria, who has been busy volunteering at Ongoing placements, at One-Off Events and with Student-Led Projects!

“The diversity of opportunities at UCL is something we strive to showcase through this project, and through the year, we’ve captured a number of different views and experiences of students.” - Jenny Murphy

Our Guest Blogger, Jenny Murphy, looks back on the Profile project’s first years and explores some of our favourite interviews - read her full blog!

“I feel like we always think ‘we’re giving back’ by volunteering but you gain so much from it as well.” - Ava Halvai

Read Ava’s full story about her experience volunteering with the Octavia Foundation. 

Ava Halvai is a Befriender Volunteer and the Current Holder of the Octavia Foundation Befriender of the Year Award. 

“It’s just such a small thing to do, but it really makes a big impact.” - Lara Parienti

Read Lara’s full story about her experience volunteering with UCH Cancer Fund.

Lara Parienti is a second year BSc Applied Medical Sciences student and a Patient Anti-Boredom Volunteer at the UCH Cancer Centre, with UCH Cancer Fund.

“It’s just a really positive atmosphere and a really good way to spend a day a week.” - Dan Hadary

Read Dan’s full story about being a Data & Questionnaire Analyst.

Dan Hadary is a MSC Public Policy Student and a Data & Questionnaire Analyst Volunteer for Kingsgate Community Centre. 

”It’s useful to think of maths as a tool. You don’t have to like mathematics, but it will help you a lot in the future and present.” - Lilou Yan

Read Lilou’s full story about volunteering with Action Tutoring.

Liluo Yan is an MSc Global Prosperity student and a Volunteer Tutor at Action Tutoring.

“At first, I just wanted to try something I really enjoy and now it’s like having a friend.” - Yiwei Wang

Read Yiwei’s full story about volunteering with the Association of Jewish Refugees.

Yiwei Wang is a second-year BSc Psychology student and a volunteer Befriender for the Association of Jewish Refugees.

“I just think that gives an opportunity very different to what you’d get in UCL; the opportunity to meet someone with a completely different age, perspective, or worldview.” - Matthew Appleton

Read Matthew’s full story about his experience volunteering with Holborn Community Association.

Matthew Appleton is a second year BSc Geography student, and a volunteer befriender for Holborn Community Association.

“The team looked after me and wanted me to get a lot out of it, which made all the difference.” - Ellen Sowerby

Read Ellen’s full story about being a Policy and Influencing Intern.

Ellen Sowerby is a final year BA History with a Year Abroad Student, based in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and volunteered as a part-time Policy and Influencing Intern at CLIC Sargent.

“It’s such a good opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds.” - Sarah Wong

Read Sarah’s full story about volunteering at the Refugee Therapy Centre.

Sarah Wong is a medical student, who is intercalating in Medical Anthropology, and volunteers as a Mentor at the Refugee Therapy Centre in Holloway.

“I honestly just really loved seeing them learn, and teaching children was great… I felt like I was really helping them out.” - Fausta Gabola

Read Fausta’s full story about being a Homework Club Volunteer.

Fausta Gabola is in her third year studying BSc Human Sciences student. She’s volunteered with Salusbury World Refugee Centre, where she helped out as a Homework Club Volunteer.

“The team of volunteers is amazing – they want to teach you, they want to involve you.” - Ilaria Gimondi

Read Ilaria’s full story about volunteering at the Science Museum’s Information Age Gallery.

Ilaria Gimondi is a Chemical Engineering PhD candidate, and volunteers in the Information Age Gallery at the Science Museum in Kensington.

“Knowing that I’m helping, even if it’s just one person, it’s just a very nice feeling.” - Khushboo Khatri

Read Khushboo’s full story about being the chairperson for Spectrum UCL.

Khushboo Khatri is a fourth-year Medicine student, and the chairperson for Spectrum UCL.

“I’ve enjoyed the idea that we can run a charity project that has tangible impacts around London whilst still working with fellow students.” - Adam McGee

Read Adam’s full story about being Project Leader for Politeach.

Adam McGee is a Final Year BA History student and Project Leader for the Student-Led Project, Politeach. 

“I think it’s just the feeling you get with volunteering, there’s nothing else you can really do to get that feeling.” - Tara Nelson

Read Tara’s full story about volunteering with Action Against Hunger and UCL Dance Society.

Tara Nelson is in her first year studying BASc. Arts and Sciences. She volunteered for Action Against Hunger and UCL’s Dance Society, where she participated in a charity showcase and helped out at a charity auction. 

“Volunteering really gave me a chance to be a ‘kid’ again, and spend a week surrounded by genuine, hard-working volunteers and campers!” - Melike Ozkan

Read Melike’s full story about volunteering with Over The Wall.

Melike Ozkan, in her first year studying Medicine, volunteered at Over The Wall as a ‘Camp Teammate Volunteer’ for a week during the holidays.