How can I get involved with Terps for Change?
The application can be found on our homepage of this website (stamp.umd.edu/t4c) and can also be accessed by visiting stamp.umd.edu/t4cspring21.
After the application is received, a 20-minute interview is scheduled with an interviewer. The application process runs through the first few weeks of the semester, with the opportunity for priority submission. Volunteers are encouraged to apply early so that they have a higher chance of being placed at the site of their choice.
The application to become a Spring 2020 Terps for Change volunteer is available on TerpLink with a priority deadline of Jan. 31, 2021 and a general deadline of Feb. 7, 2021.
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How are volunteer placements decided?
Preference is given to returning volunteers, on a first come, first serve basis.For new applicants, placements are made based on the needs of our Community Partners. (There is however an opportunity to submit an early application and receive priority.) We ask that applicants be flexible in their preferences, as their first choice will not always be available. Note: When ranking their preferences, volunteers should be conscious of their availability, including travel time and potential conflicting commitments. Applications are encouraged to communicate those potential conflicts with the interviewers in their interview.
When should I apply?
For the fall semester, interested participants should submit their applications by the latest on February 7th, 2021. Our priority deadline, which makes it more likely for you to be placed at a site of your choosing is January 31st, 2021. If you wish to work at an educational site that requires background checks and fingerprinting, you must apply by the priority deadline.
Do I have to complete an interview to become a participant?
Yes, to become a participant with Terps for Change, after submitting an application you must schedule a 20-minute interview with our staff in order to be selected. If you are a returning participant, you will not need to complete an interview.
Will I get class credit?
Currently, Terps for Change and the Leadership Community and Service Learning Office does not offer participants or coordinators class credit.
What is the time commitment? Least-Most hours possible?
The time commitment for a Terps for Change participant is 3-4 hours a week, which includes the one-hour long service dialogue, 2-3 hours of site volunteering, and any other commitments at the discretion of coordinators (ex: site orientation, one on one meetings, community bonding events etc.)
What is a dialogue?
A dialogue is an hour long conversation between you and your fellow participants about the service you perform each week, led by a team of coordinators. Some topics covered in these discussions include professional development, time management, and different social issues such as environment, socioeconomic status and race, gender, and inclusion.
Where will dialogues take place?
Dialogues will take place in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union Building. Before your first dialogue, your coordinators will let you know which room in Stamp your specific dialogue will be taking place in.
***UPDATE FOR 2020-2021: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ALL dialogues will be held virtually over Zoom. Your volunteer coordinator will provide you with more information and links when volunteering begins.***
Does Terps for Change have individual volunteer days?
Each volunteer will go to their volunteering site on the same day of the week for eight weeks. You will be assigned to a site based on the preference rankings you submit along with your application, and each site has specific times and dates that your site group will visit on. Please see our website (LSCL Terps for Change: About Our Community Partners) for more information on when these dates/times are.
How do I get to site?
The LCSL Office provides vans for Terps for Change (and other programs like Alternative Breaks and America Reads*America Counts*Partners in Print) to use in order to transport participants to site. Your coordinators have been trained on how to use vans, and even participants themselves are able to drive vans to site with the proper training. You are also welcome to provide your own transportation to the site location.
Do I need to go to my site every week?
Because Terps for Change is an 8-week program (per semester), missing more than one to two site visits would cause you to miss a significant portion of the program, and for this reason we ask that you try your best to make it to every site visit possible. However, we understand that certain circumstances are unavoidable, in which case you may miss up to two (2) site visits, and you must inform your coordinator well in advance. This policy applies to dialogues as well.
Do I need to participate for the full length of the indicated site time (ex: from 9am to 12pm on Saturdays), or can I come for part of the time?
Yes, you will be required to volunteer for the entire length of time as indicated on the application when you filled out your availability. If you are unable to commit to this time anymore, please contact the Terps for Change Staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can place you into a site that works better for your schedule.
Do volunteer hours take into consideration transportation time?
Because many of our community partners are in such close proximity to our campus, transportation times are not taken into consideration when logging volunteer hours.
Will my Site Coordinators be the same as my Dialogue Coordinators?
Your Site Coordinators will most likely be different from your Dialogue Coordinators. While the group of participants that you volunteer with will all be from the same site, the group that you participate in dialogue with will have volunteers from several different sites. Therefore, your dialogue will also be led by a team of coordinators from different sites.
Are there opportunities to assume a leadership position within this organization?
Yes! Many of our participants go on to become coordinators, who lead dialogues and site visits with another co-coordinator. There are also opportunities to become an intern with Terps for Change through the LCSL office.
Can I apply to be a coordinator if I haven’t been a participant?
Yes, you may apply to be a coordinator even if you have not previously been a participant. We welcome fresh perspectives for dialogues etc. from those who are new to the program!
When can I apply to be a coordinator?
For Fall 2020, our deadline to apply to be a coordinator is April 17th, 2020. The application can be found on our TerpLink page. You must also complete an interview with Terps for Change staff to be selected as a coordinator.
Do coordinators get paid?
The LCSL Office and STAMP currently do not provide coordinators monetary compensation for their role in the program. However, as an intern with Terps for Change, you would receive a semesterly stipend for your work.
What else can I do with Leadership and Community Service-Learning?
The Leadership and Community Service-Learning office offers a number of other great opportunities. For more information about getting involved, check out the LCSL website!