Volunteer Service

Students must complete:

  • 10 points or roughly 10 hours of volunteer service, either domestically or internationally.
  • All service activities must have an international focus.

How can students earn points?

  • By participating in individual programs, where 1 hour = 1 point. Students may earn a maximum of 5 points for participating in any one event or program. For example:
    • Volunteering for the NCSU Study Abroad Fair for 3 hours = 3 points
    • Volunteering for the International Festival of Raleigh for 8 hours = 5 points
  • By participating in semester-long activities or programs, where 1 semester = 10 points. For example:
    • 1 semester of VOLAR (Voluntarios Ahora en Raleigh) = 10 points
    • 1 international Alternative Service Break program = 10 points

Note: For some events, students may have the opportunity to volunteer to help set-up, plan, or work (e.g. International Festival). Volunteering is active service to others, and is considered separate from attending an event or being part of an on-campus organization. While volunteering at such an event would count towards the service requirement, simply attending an event does not count toward volunteer hours. Students must complete 10 volunteer points in addition to 30 points of co-curricular activities.

To fulfill this requirement:

Students are required to upload the following information for approval to their GPC Wolfware Moodle Project

  • confirmation of participation of the event
    • provide a picture or video of the participant at the event
    • provide an email from a supervisor or event coordinator confirming participation in the activity
      • include start and end dates and times
  • a short narrative outlining how the activity relates to at least one of the other GPC requirements and answering at least one of the following questions:
    1. How the activity relates to your future career or life interests?
    2. What are are some insights gained about other cultures?
    3. Are there any global issues that came to light from your experience?

Activity Examples

To see up-to-date co-curricular opportunities, check out our calendar under the Events of Interest tab.

The list below are examples that count, but is not exhaustive. For final approval, please consult with the GPC Coordinator at global-perspectives@ncsu.edu.