Volunteer Opportunities

Fall 2012 Orientation Leaders

Viewing globally and acting locally

1.  Thursday, March 13 from 3 until 8 at Quaker Squarethere will be an event called Viewing Globally Acting Locally.  Area social workers will be there, and they want to learn about the cultures represented at The University of Akron.  We are looking for international students who are willing to set up a cultural display.  You can bring items, offer music or a dance, or share something very special from your culture.  Please find the volunteer form here and get it to us at the OIP by March 1.

2.  Thursday, April 17 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Student Unionwe will have an International Fair.  Again, you can show off your culture.  Set up a display.  Talk with students.  Help your UA peers learn about you and where you are from.  Please find the volunteer form here and get it to us at the OIP by March 1.

Hope to see you there!

Be an Orientation Leader!

Orientation Leaders play an important role in welcoming new international students to The University of Akron. They are given the opportunity to lead small groups of new students in orientation and are also involved in various presentations and special orientation activities. Orientation Leaders meet for several weeks prior to orientation to receive training and also work on group presentations and skits for the orientation program.

Application for Orientation Leaders for International Scholar/Student Orientation

All applications and references must be received in the Office of International Programs (OIP) by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.  Orientation leaders will receive an OIP T-shirt with international flags on the front and back; as well as an OIP Orientation Leader Certificate. Breakfast & lunch will be provided on August 20th and 21th . Additionally, Orientation leaders will get to select sweatshirts, tshirts, etc of their choice worth up to $50 from The University of Akron bookstore and a free ticket to the “Around the World Party” on Friday, September 27.  Successful candidates are expected to be available to attend all training sessions that will be scheduled August 5-9 & August 12-16, 2013. You will also be expected to attend all orientation activities on August 20th and 21th. You must be available on these dates.  If you will not be available to attend the training, please do not apply.

Orientation Meet and Greet

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is looking for volunteers to meet and greet our new international students as they arrive at Orientation.  You will be asked to welcome them to the United States and The University of Akron. After finding out if they are an undergraduate or graduate student, direct them to the proper line and hand them a number. Enjoy meeting new international students, share stories and cultures, and make new friends.

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is reaching out to the campus community for volunteers to welcome our new international students for the fall semester at our New International Student Orientation.  Volunteers will Meet and Greet our new international students in the lobby of the Paul E. Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. as they arrive and wait the check-in procedure.  Coffee, tea, and breakfast items will be available to volunteers.

The OIP is also seeking four to six volunteers to hand out informational packets to new international students after check in at the packet table.  Volunteers are needed to work from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, in the Martin University Center. 

If you are interested in this volunteer Meet & Greet opportunity or handing out packets, please fill out the application and return to the OIP located in the Polsky Building Room 483, +3101, or email your application to Jessica Guy, jguy@uakron.edu by August 5. 2013, by 5:00 p.m  If you have any questions, please contact Jessica at Ext. 3503.

Check-in Volunteer

Are you interested in welcoming the new international students to The University of Akron but you don’t have the time to be an orientation leader? This is definitely the job for you! Be there to hand out orientation packets and greet them with a friendly face.

More information to come.