Volunteer at Freshers' Events

Volunteer at Freshers' Events

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Register your interest (Raven)

Volunteer at a Cambridge University Freshers’ Event

The University Alumni Engagement team is recruiting current students and recent graduates to help at Freshers’ Events taking place around the world in August and September 2020. Hosted by Alumni Groups, these events are a great opportunity for new students to prepare for university and make new friends before they arrive.

Much of the success of Freshers' Events is down to the current students and recent graduates recruited to share their experiences of living and studying in Cambridge with attendees. It works particularly well when such volunteers help at an event in their own country or region, as any tips shared are likely to be more relatable.

Why volunteer for this role?

You will be one of the first to welcome the 2020–21 intake of new students to Cambridge. Having been there yourself, you know that starting university can be daunting, but your friendly welcome and useful tips are likely to make a direct and considerable difference towards helping incoming students feel reassured and better-prepared for university. This is also a good opportunity to widen your networks with students and alumni.

Time commitment

Volunteers are asked to attend at least one Freshers’ Event in August or September 2020. The majority of events are around two hours in duration and take place over a lunchtime or evening. Events recruiting volunteers will be listed here from April 2020.

Key responsibilities

You will share your experiences of university life with new students and answer their questions. The Alumni Group hosting the event might also ask for help with setting up, registering attendees and clearing up afterwards.


Good interpersonal skills and a friendly and approachable manner.


Please ask the Alumni Group hosting the event about the possibility of reimbursement for any reasonable expenses associated with attending the event, such as for travel and refreshments.

Register your interest

Please complete an expression of interest form (Raven) and you will be contacted over the summer with details of any events near you. If you have any questions, please email the Alumni Engagement team.