Volunteer Opportunities
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Introduction

The Global Citizenship and Student Ambassador programs provide Alexander College students and alumni with a variety of opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community through volunteering. The student success survey demonstrates that Alexander College students and alumni are already volunteering on-campus and off-site.

It would be very useful to capitalize on this and have our branded students out in the community. Volunteering provides students and alumni with the opportunity to give back to their local community and develop new skills.

This also furthers the idea of “global citizenship” which has been identified as a key goal for Alexander College. It will eventually lead them to decide which careers they are well suited to and provide better employment opportunities in the future.

Volunteer Opportunities

Internal

External

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International student at Alexander College hanging out with classmates outside the campus

Mission

The mission of the Global Citizenship and Student Ambassador programs is to create an environment that will promote long-term welfare for learners through community interaction, leadership development, networking, and skills.

It will provide students with a variety of opportunities that will expand their understanding of what it means to be a fully engaged global citizen. The program will provide self-sustaining connections that bring students, alumni, and community members together.

A body of students and alumni that is connected, passionate and experienced will contribute to community development through volunteering.

Vision

The vision of the Global Citizenship and Student Ambassador programs is to create a memorable experience for current and future students through volunteering involvement in the community.

Alexander College student walking outside the campus
Alexander College Student Orientation Volunteer

Overview

The Global Citizenship and Student Ambassador programs provide learned individuals opportunities to promote the mission and vision of Alexander College through community involvement both on and off campus. The focus is on building the capability of the students and alumni by providing leadership opportunities, networking, and service to the community.

In addition, the programs will create an opportunity for the students and alumni to gain skills and experiences from community members. The aim is to train students and alumni to become good role models to young generations and contribute to nation building through leadership and service to the community.

Global Citizenship Program eligibility requirements: 

All the aspiring volunteers should be current Alexander College students or alumni accustomed to the practices in the institution. The potential members should have excellent people and communication skills. It is also critical for the volunteers to be passionate about service to humanity.

Students volunteers at Alexander College
Students volunteers at Alexander College

Students or alumni must volunteer their time and meet the 6 core values (listed below). They can substitute an alternate core value with the approval of the Senior Student Life Officer. In total, they need to complete 2 hours of volunteerism per each core value, which is a total of 12 hours.

Once they have met and completed all 6 core values, they will be given a certificate of volunteerism.

Global Citizenship Program – 6 Core Values:
Sustainability – Environment (i.e. Green Committee)
Community – Off-campus volunteering (i.e. Burnaby Neighbourhood House)
Student Life – Alexander College Student Association (i.e. Participate in the Student Association meetings)
Leadership – Develop or lead an existing club on campus (i.e. Coffee Club)
Empathy – Humanitarianism (i.e. Organizing a fundraiser or volunteering at a soup kitchen)
Cultural – Multicultural events and awareness (i.e. Organizing a Japanese cultural event)

girl using a computer in the library
Alexander College International Students

Student Ambassador Program eligibility requirements

All the aspiring volunteers should be current Alexander College students or alumni accustomed to the practices in the institution. The potential members should have excellent people and communication skills. It is also critical for the volunteer to be passionate about service to humanity.

The volunteer must acquire a minimum of 10 hours of service. Once they have achieved the minimum requirement, they will be granted a certificate of volunteerism.

Service Record

The Co-Curricular Record is an official college document recording a student’s participation in activities outside the classroom. Staff members that have students or alumni volunteering for them will be responsible for documenting their volunteer activities and hours.

Different people will have administration access to this record so that information can be contributed from several sources.

Alexander College student smiling at the camera
Students listening to classroom discussion

Management of the Student Ambassador Program and Global Citizenship Programs

The programs are managed by Rebecca Spruston – the Senior Student Life Officer who works in conjunction with other Units to provide opportunities for current students and alumni to ensure the overall success of the programs.

Benefits to current students and alumni

  • Students and alumni will be able to receive recognition through a certificate with each volunteer opportunity completed and a service record.
  • Volunteer hours will be recorded, and the students and alumni may use them for future employment or volunteer opportunities.
  • The opportunity to meet new people, network with professionals, be a part of community building and learn new skills.
  • Other gift cards and rewards, only applicable to certain volunteer opportunities approved by the Senior Student Life Officer.
  • Resume enhancement opportunities.