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
The VSLC, in partnership with BC Dining Services, oversees the point drive funding process. Weekly point drives in the dining halls are an opportunity for students to donate funds to support BC sponsored service and immersion travel programs. Applications are due in September, and programs must meet specific criteria in order to be eligible. Point drives are not available for other fund-raising projects.
Service and immersion travel 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. 2018-19 applications are due to the VSLC in McElroy 114 by 5 PM on Friday, September 7, 2018.
Service and Justice Grants
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. Grant applications are due to the VSLC in McElroy 114 by 5 PM on Friday, October 27th. **Please be sure to submit using this year's updated application above.**
BC Legacy Grants
BC’s Legacy Grants fund creative and innovative BC student projects that impact the lives of others—from individuals to whole communities. Legacy Grant projects initiate change, serve others, and exemplify what it means to be "men and women for others." To see examples of previous Legacy Grant recipient’s projects and to apply, visit: bc.edu/legacygrants. Please note, there are two application cycles: October 1 - October 31 and then February 1 - February 28. For any questions, contact Meghan Dunn: Meghan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
VSLC Van Inquiries
The VSLC vans are used to transport students to service placements in greater Boston. They are now fully booked each day of the week, and are no longer available for use by other departments.
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.