Vounteering shouldn´t be seen as a solution to a problem but as an opportunity to give your time, energy and experience to help something to happen that you think is important to gain valuable knowledge, experience and skills. If lucky, you will be able to do both.
The question that you should be asking yourself at first would be that: Do you want to learn new skills? Do you want to support a local, national or global cause? Do you want to learn more about a particular area of work? You need to think about what you can offer to the organization and what they will be able to offer you in return.
Part of the huge value of volunteering is it can help you gain skills and experience. Doing things that you didn´t expect to be doing when you started to volunteer.
A good volunteer experience is one where you are needed and given opportunity to grow and develop in your role. I had amazing opportunities to volunteer for and I appreciate the experience I gained and I do not regret the time I investing into free work.
However, there is time and space for all and certainly living in London city, affording all life expenses by yourself, you will surely come to the same conclusion like me to put a hold to free work. I believe that volunteering only works for a period of time but has a limit.
The risk of having an unstable financial support is too high and not worth it living in this expensive city. It is just not right to expect too much of volunteers considering the fact that it is for free. What is free in life today? Freedom. Yes. Willpower. Yes. Peace. Yes. But volunteering without a financial stability is certainly not fun enough after a period of time. Enough is enough.