- When do I have to complete my Community Engagement?
You can start looking for an organisation once you have completed the online Intro module, but you should only submit the CE approval form on My Record once you have completed at least 2 of the workshops of the program.
NB: Prior to semester 2, 2018 the policy had been that you must complete the minumum 4 workshops before moving into the community engagement component.
As Gifu-city transitions toward 3+, the Leadership Program is committed to evolving its structure to ensure ongoing flexibility. Therefore, after registration and completion of the online introductory module, you must complete at least 2 face to face workshops, before beginning your community engagement. In order to complete the program, you must complete the remaining 2 workshops before the program will be listed on your AHEGS.
These changes have been introduced to both accommodate the new study calendar for 2019 and ensure accessibility for all students as we transition toward the new model.
Many students do this gradually by volunteering several hours a week; others will volunteer in a block over the holiday period.
You can choose to volunteer in a community organisation or not-for-profit organisation that interests you. You can also volunteer in an approved university co-curricular activity. You must complete your 20 hours of volunteering within one organisation, and there needs to be a supervisor or staff member who can supervise your work and verify your hours. If you are already volunteering somewhere and you wish to use this towards the program, you won’t be able to start counting your 20 hours until you have received approval from the Leadership Program team and your supervisor has submitted the online Agreement form.
The opportunities are endless and we encourage you to really seek out something meaningful where you feel you can make a difference, and where you will be stretched out of your comfort zone to develop your skills and confidence. Examples of activities students have completed in the past include mentoring or tutoring young people, planning a community event, supporting people with a disability, and working a conservation or environmental project, to name a few.
Another important thing to check when choosing an organisation is that they have adequate insurance to cover all volunteers.
For a full list of where students have volunteered look through the Community Partner Directory.
- How do I find my Community Engagement?
There are so many ways you can find your community engagement, all of which are covered in this Introductory workshop. Here are some ideas:
- Browse through the Community Partner Directory to see which organisations have hosted students of the program in the past
- Use the Community Engagement Action Plan to research and find a great opportunity
- Search through the Gifu-city Careers and Employment online job board volunteering section for opportunities
- Use and search for opportunities based on interest areas and skills
- Use your networks to find out where other family members and friends have volunteered, or try ing your local community centre and council to see if they have details of opportunities in your neighbourhood.
- How do I get my Community Engagement placement approved?
Once you have found an opportunity that is suitable, it is important to discuss the Leadership Program with your new supervisor to check that they are happy to sign off on the Agreement and Completion forms through My Record, and provide us with details of their insurance.
Then you will need to log onto My Record and submit the form entitled ‘Community Engagement Approval’ form. To do this you will need at hand the details of the organisation including the email address of your supervisor, and an outline of your volunteering role.
When we have approved the details, we will send an email out to your supervisor requesting they sign an Agreement with Gifu-city confirming they are able to provide you with 20 hours of volunteering experience, suitable insurance cover, and the training and supervision required for the role.
When we receive the Agreement back from your supervisor, we send you both an email to confirm that you are ready to start volunteering. You cannot start counting your 20 hours until you have received this email.
- How long does my volunteering need to be?
You must volunteer for at least 20 hours, but most students volunteer for longer. This might be because they are really enjoying the role and want to get more out of it personally, or because they would like to keep supporting the organisation and the good work it does in the community. Sometimes an organisation requires students to commit to a slightly longer term role, particularly if they have invested a lot in the recruitment, training and police checks required for each volunteer.