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As another academic year ends, we’re already thinking about the next one, which means only one thing: Freshers’ Festival.
As you can imagine, coordinating Freshers’ Festival takes a village, and you could be a part of it. We’re in need of some confident, friendly and fun volunteers to assist throughout the week and impart wisdom on the incoming freshers.
We’re also on the lookout for Volunteer Team Leaders, who’ll be key to coordinating our army of volunteers across Move in Weekend (22 - 23 September).
We know that Freshers is a big deal for every student, so if you need a bit more to twist your arm, here are our top five reasons why you should sign up to volunteer today:
We’ll be upfront here: you’re a volunteer, so you won’t be paid. BUT in the world of graduate jobs and internships, the experience you gain from welcoming over 3000 people onto campus looks pretty good on the CV. And, if you become a Team Leader, you’ll have valuable experience in delegation, organisation and marketing an experience to new people. This really is an invaluable experience which is very attractive to potential employers. By volunteering, it shows you’re ready to go above and beyond to support a community and become a leader.
Let’s face it, volunteering in Freshers' Week isn’t the most conventional opportunity we run. In one day, you could be helping someone unpack their car of all their worldly possessions one minute, then find yourself throwing packets of dry paint at them during a Colour Run. There are a ton of activities you could be involved in – hello, Petting Zoo! – which makes it super fun (and nine times out of ten, you can join in too).
You’ll get to meet loads of like-minded people throughout Freshers’ Week and you’ll make some great connections, too! You’ll be interacting with all sorts of people, from parents to new students to departmental staff. Who knows where they will end up later in life, or what part they may play in your future? If you make a good impression, it might open up more opportunities for you in the future.
As a volunteer, you’ll be contributing to the experiences of the new students, creating memories that they may cherish forever. You might remember your first ever welcome to campus – that wouldn’t have been possible without all the volunteers who sign up. Aside from helping others, you’ll be a huge part of the Students' Union’s biggest annual event. This means you might find yourself doing tasks and jobs that push you out of your comfort zone. That’s something you can definitely be proud of.
Enough said really.
You can sign-up to be a volunteer through the link below. If you’re interested in becoming a Team Leader, tick the boxes on the form and we’ll be in touch!
If you have any questions, pop an email over to us.
Registered charity no: 1141998
The Students’ Union, Royal Holloway
Egham, TW20 0EX