Become a VIP (Volunteer for International Programs)!

OIPS offers many different volunteer opportunities to suit your interests, skills and availability.  This program will help you to grow a global mindset and connect with students from all over the world.

Please review the information on this page; instructions for joining our volunteer program are at the bottom.

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Orientation Volunteers

Orientation volunteers assist the OIPS team with set-up, check-in, lunch and icebreakers during International Student Orientation in August and January.

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PACE Discussion Leaders

PACE discussion leaders share their experiences at Mason with new international students.  PACE stands for Professional, Academic, and Cultural Engagement. 

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iCafe Planning Team

The iCafe Planning Team hosts iCafe in October, November, February and March.  It is a great opportunity to showcase your country/culture and interact with students from different cultural backgrounds.

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iWeek Volunteers

iWeek volunteers assist the iWeek co-chairs with the iWeek parade, flag stringing and dance competition in April.

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OIPS Content Contributors

OIPS content contributors provide content for the OIPS Blackboard organizations "International Student Launchpad" and "Mason International."

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UNIV 100 Volunteers

Students who have gone abroad while a Mason student (ie, Mason Abroad, Alt Spring Break, RSO that travels abroad, etc) are invited to share their experiences with peers in UNIV 100 classes.

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OIPS Feedback Forum

The OIPS Feedback Forum gathers students in an effort to assess our programs and services to better serve the Mason community.

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OIPS Guest Speakers

OIPS guest speakers share their experience as a Mason student at orientation, a workshop or a conference.

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OIPS Event Volunteers

OIPS event volunteers assist the OIPS team with planning and execution of social and cultural events, including Welcome Week events and the nThanksgiving Dinner.

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OIPS Tech Chefs

OIPS tech chefs assist the OIPS team with testing tools to improve programs and services for international students at a distance.  Join our technology test kitchen!

Why Volunteer?

As a VIP, you will have the opportunity to:

  • grow your global mindset
  • build your resume through volunteering
  • interact with students from different cultural backgrounds
  • improve your cross-cultural communication skills
  • learn how to plan an event
  • help incoming students adjust to a new culture
  • work in a cross-functional team
  • improve services and programs provided by OIPS
  • earn credit toward the Global and Multicultural Competency Pathway

 

Time Commitment

The time commitment depends on type of event:

  • OIPS Feedback Forum Volunteer: the commitment is about 1.5 hours
  • Orientation Volunteer: the commitment is about 6 hours
  • PACE Discussion Leader: the commitment is about 3 hours 
  • iCafe Planning Team: the commitment is about 8 hours 
  • iWeek volunteer: the commitment is about 6 hours
  • OIPS Content Contributor: the commitment is about 1 hour
  • Univ 100 Volunteer: the commitment is about 1 hour
  • OIPS Guest Speaker: the commitment is about 3 hours
  • OIPS Event Volunteer: the commitment is about 3 hours
  • OIPS Tech Chef: the commitment varies depending on the project

Orientation Volunteers

Orientation Volunteers

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iCafe Planning Team Members

Read what an international graduate student from Iran had to say about volunteering for orientation in Fall 2015:

"I literally enjoyed every single second of our orientation today. I was lucky that I got the chance to meet my group of students today because they are an awesome group of people! We all had a very exciting and fun time together so we kept walking and talking until after 5 PM. It was truly one of the most exciting days of my life! We all made new friends!! I want to thank you for the opportunity."

Apply to be a VIP!

Volunteer opportunities are advertised through the organization "VIP" in getconnected.gmu.edu.

To sign up:

  • go to getconnected.gmu.edu
  • log in with your Mason username and password
  • select organizations in the top menu
  • enter "VIP" in the search box
  • Join the organization

When we have volunteer opportunities available, we'll send an e-mail to everyone in the VIP organization on GetConnected with a link to sign-up for specific tasks or time slots for that event or opportunity. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jonathan Carmona at jcarmon2@gmu.edu.

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