The Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) offers support and leadership to the university by providing resources for departments, faculty, and students who are interested in developing volunteer/service programs of any kind.
Service and Immersion Trips
The VSLC collaborates with several university departments to provide support for service and immersion trips sponsored by Boston College. The links listed below include important resources for those planning to travel.
Forms and Information for Travel
- Boston College Student Travel Policy
- Terms & Conditions of Participation for Employees
- Terms & Conditions of Participation for Students
- Group Emergency Contact Form
- Trip Leader Checklist
- U.S Department of State official website (Information & Travel Warnings)
- Center for Disease Control
Program leaders are required to send a roster of all students traveling with a university trip, along with contact details and travel dates, to the Dean of Students Office prior to departure.
Mandatory Medical Insurance
All university sponsored student service/immersion/academic trips that travel to international destinations are now required to enroll participants in supplemental health insurance coverage provided by HTH Worldwide Insurance. Trip advisors should download and fill out the HTH spreadsheet, and then email the completed form to Risk Management. An invoice will be provided to sponsoring departments for this coverage.
Opportunities for Funding
Programs seeking to raise funds in the dining halls via a Point Drive must meet the requirements listed on the first page of the Point Drive application. Applications are usually due on the second Friday in September for trips traveling in that academic year. Please check back here for updates on exact deadlines in the fall.
Programs that engage students in service or advocacy on behalf of others, including non-travel programs that do not receive SOFC funding, are eligible to apply for a Service and Social Justice Grant (LINK COMING SOON). Applications are due in early October, and will be updated each fall semester.
VSLC Van Inquiries
The VSLC has two 12-passenger vans intended for VSLC programs that are dedicated to facilitating student service engagement in the greater Boston area. At times, these vans may be available to other department personnel and registered student organizations that are sponsoring local service or social justice projects (Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays, only). Inquiries should be made using this online process.
Qualifying Criteria for Inquring about Use of the Vans
Please read the following carefully before submitting the form below. Vans cannot be reserved for uses other than supporting service-focused registered student organizations and other university members who are planning a service activity:
- A van may be reserved by a representative of a university department or by a faculty or staff advisor of a registered student organization engaged in volunteer service activity.
- Vans may be reserved for activities related to service, such as volunteer groups' retreats, or airport transportation associated with a service or immersion project.
- The VSLC vans cannot be driven outside of MA.
- Requests for use of the van must be submitted in-person at least 2 weeks prior to the date of use.
- Van cannot be requested more than 5 weeks prior to the date of use.
- If approved, all drivers must be 21 or older, and must register with a VSLC staff person at least 1 week prior to driving the van.
- Vans should be used for BC students and staff transportation only.
- Last minute and walk-in requests will not be accepted.
If your organization meets the above criteria, please fill out the VSLC Van Request Form
NOTE: this form is for inquiries only. It does not guarantee use of the van. **Vans are not available for use Monday through Thursday. Your request should be inquiring about Friday, Saturday, or Sunday availability only.**
The person submitting the request will hear from the VSLC within 48 hours of the request. If van use is permitted, all drivers will be required to meet with a VSLC staff person to copy licenses and fill out additional forms and contracts.
Over 100 audio, visual and printed materials covering topics such as domestic and international volunteering, service learning, social justice, developing nations, theological reflections, small group facilitation, fair trade, liberation theology and more. Authors include Jonathan Kozol, Dorothy Day, Archbishop Romero, Henri Nouwen, Paulo Friere and others.
Education for Justice Website
The Center of Concern's Education for Justice website has a wealth of information regarding Catholic Social Teaching and social justice issues, and offers a wide range of justice resources, prayers, articles, handouts, and interactive materials that are ready to use in classrooms, group meetings, retreats and service activities.
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