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Here are a few answers to questions we often receive.  If you don't see your question here or you would like further information, stop by our office or email us at volunteer@bc.edu.

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I want to volunteer. Where do I start?
The Volunteer & Service Learning Center staff is here to help you find a volunteer opportunity that fits your talents, interests, and schedule.  Stop by McElroy 114 and speak to any of our office staff for assistance.  You can also visit our database if you are looking for a weekly opportunity, or navigate our website to learn about VSLC sponsored programs, students service organizations, immersion trip opportunities, and post graduate volunteer opportunities and planning.

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What do I do if I have an idea for a program or project?
We are always happy to hear about new initiatives.  Stop by or email us to make an appointment to speak with Dan Ponsetto or Kate Daly about your idea.

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How can I participate in an immersion trip?
As you have probably noticed, there are a variety of immersion trip experiences available.  Our website has a list of all service and immersion trips and the contact information for trip leaders.  Information sessions and application deadlines are usually at least one semester, sometimes two semesters, prior to a trip traveling, so be sure to plan ahead.

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Where do I find information about post graduate volunteering?
Every October the VSLC hosts the Post Graduate Volunteer Fair, a great chance to find out about over 50 organizations with full-time domestic or international volunteer opportunities.  If you can't make the Fair, the VSLC offers a variety of resources and programming to assist you with the discernment process.  We are also available to meet one-on-one to discuss your options.  Email Kate Daly for more information and visit our web pages, which include current volunteers, their programs, and contact information.

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What is service learning?
Service learning is a type of educational experience that incorporates service with instruction and reflection.  For more information about service learning, as a teaching and learning tool, please visit the National Service Learning Clearinghouse website.

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Due to a disciplinary action, I have service hours to complete.  Can you help?

The VSLC offers one-time and short-term volunteer projects from time to time, and these may be service opportunities that will fulfill requirements you are responsible for.  However, it is important to know that the volunteer database is intended to link students interested in an on-going service placement with one of our community partners.  The VSLC does not provide advisement to students fulfilling mandated community service.

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I'm an Carroll School of Management graduate student.  How do I sign up to volunteer and how do I log my hours?
If you have completed your hours of service, you need to contact the CSOM Graduate Student Services office to track your hours.  The VSLC is not involved in this process.  If you are looking for a regular volunteer placement to complete your hours, please stop by or check the graduate students page of our website for more information.

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If you do not see an answer to your question, please contact us at volunteer@bc.edu, or call 617-552-1317, or stop by the office.  We're in McElroy 114.