A list of volunteering opportunities and significant events prepared by CCECS is shared with students on a bi-weekly basis. Scholars are also encouraged to propose their own activities with community based organizations in their respective hometowns that will be vetted and approved as per applicable USAID guidelines prior to engagement. Students can participate in volunteering activities on a short-term basis and/or long-term basis (throughout the semester).
Students are encouraged to participate in significant events including lectures, seminars, and conferences related to civic issues. These will be counted towards students' civic engagement requirements.
MCF scholars must complete a total of 30 hours of meaningful volunteering rotations during the first academic year with vetted community-based organizations.
By the second academic year, students must fulfill 15 hours of volunteering activities in a specific targeted vulnerable/stigmatized community, in preparation for their community based project.
In order for a volunteering activity to be counted towards their civic engagement deliverables, students are required to submit to CCECS:
- Volunteer activities tracking sheet to be submitted by the 25th of every month
- Reflective essay documenting the volunteering experiences upon successful completion to be submitted by the end of the semester
- High resolution photos reflecting students' engagement to be used on social media outlets and for reporting purposes [Note: must seek prior permission from the organization and concerned people]