Record your volunteering hours

As scholars, we ask you to record the number of hours that you dedicate to volunteering throughout the year. This includes volunteering projects organised by Chevening as well as any volunteering activities that you undertake independently.

Record your volunteering hours

When to record your volunteering hours

All volunteering hours must be submitted at the end of the same month in which you carry out your volunteering activity. For example, if you complete a volunteering activity on 22 March, you must ensure that you complete the volunteering log by 31 March.

If you are volunteering for an organisation on a regular basis, please record the total number of hours that you have volunteered at the end of each month. For example, if you volunteer for three hours per week for a particular charity, you only need to submit one entry at the end of the month to show that you volunteered for 12 hours over four weeks (assuming that you volunteered three hours per week for four weeks).

If you are unable to log your volunteering activity within the same month that you complete it, please contact us at for guidance.

For all volunteering that you have done up to now, while the log wasn’t active, please just put in all your previous hours from October. If we have any queries about it, we will contact you directly.

What counts as volunteering?

The activity that you undertake must meet the below criteria to qualify as volunteering

  • Volunteering must be completed in the UK. Volunteering for organisations outside of the UK will not be considered.
  • Virtual and in-person volunteering is welcomed.
  • You should not receive payment, and volunteering should benefit charitable organisations or people in the UK.
  • Unpaid employment (such as internships, apprenticeships, or contractual opportunities) do not count as volunteering.
  • Only those volunteering activities that you complete after you arrive in the UK and until April will be considered.

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