Volunteer training will be composed of an online portion and a day event in September. The online portion of training will introduce you to the campus and how Orientation runs. The purpose is to prepare you for what you will experience the days of, and to prepare you for the many questions New Students may ask. The training day on Saturday, September 1st will allow you to meet the Orientation team, and fellow volunteers. You will get further training on the events of Orientation and what you will be individually responsible for. You'll receive your t-shirt (black this year!) and your personal schedule for days 1 and 2. You will be notified when the online training is available via e-mail and of the arrival times for the training day.
Online training: The online training will be a mix of photos, videos, and text about MUN, Orientation, and general important information. You will be given details about departments around campus (MUNSU, Student Affairs and Services, Athletics) and what they can for first year students. Campus/MUNnel maps will be provided to refresh and prepare you to give campus tours. Orientation events will be broken down with more detail and responsibilities of Event Leaders and Group Leaders for each event will be outlined so you know what to expect during training and the days of. Finally, there will be some general tips as to what makes a great volunteer, and how to effectively communicate with all persons involved in Orientation. Each volunteer is required to complete the training and answer the questions asked throughout. Make sure to watch the videos; they are awesome and will definitely get you excited!
- Registration: Sign in to clock your hours
- Welcome: Meet the Orientation Team and your fellow volunteers through ice breakers. Hear from Dr. Shea and Mr. Tom Brophy about our appreciation for your time and dedication!
- Orientation Program Outline: Details as to what the event will look like and documents you will have to work with (floor plans, volunteer schedules)
- First Year Experience Game; Scavenger Hunt + Campus Tour Training: Learn the tour route that will be given to students, and learn about the important offices around campus through an interactive game
- Perks and Photos: Learn about what you will get out of Orientation as a volunteer! And get some wild group photos
- Event Leader/Group Leader Specific Training: OACs will go over specific responsibilities and event times
Description of Responsibilities
Group Leaders: Group Leaders work the closest with the New Students. Every Group Leader will be assigned a group of students and they will be responsible for taking them to all the events and providing a campus tour. Group Leaders are enthusiastic, high energy, and informative. They will be responsible for having their group fill out registration forms; they will facilitate icebreakers; and they will answer the many questions New Students may have.
Event Leaders: Event Leaders are more behind the scene workers, setting up and running the individual events. They will be responsible for putting up signs, keeping track of the number of attendees to their event, answer questions, crowd control, and keep supplies in order, while ensuring the event is running smoothly.
Perks of Volunteering for Orientation
Volunteering for Orientation is a great experience, and one you will certainly remember. You'll have the opportunity to meet 200 other volunteers, influence a New Student's first impression, and provide an overall positive attitude. You will gain experience in running a huge event, learn how to work with others, and how to think on the spot. Orientation can also count to your hours for VIP (Volunteer Incentive Program; more details below), and can be added to your CCR (Co-Curricular Record). Your CCR is a great tool to use to showcase your volunteer and extra-curricular work done on campus to help give you a leg up and give your resume a boost.