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Leadership and Service Center


  • Students traveled to serve others in Nicaragua.

    Students on a mission

    A group of students traveled to Nicaragua to serve adults and children living in poverty.

  • A Nicaraguan man and woman hold a book and smile.
  • A Nicaraguan girl swings at a pinata while a group of children watch.
  • A group of Nicaraguan children play games with USC students.

Dobson Volunteer Service Program

Students can receive partial funding for service trips that encourage spiritual development while helping those in need. For the purposes of this program, spiritual means having to do with God or religious matters apart from any particular faith.

Without Dobson, I would not have been able to have the experiences that I did. We were able to work alongside people that we never thought we would meet, and it provided an incredibly humbling and enlightening experience. I will forever be thankful to the Dobson organization for giving me the chance to have these experiences and to offer my service. 
-Paul Zito

 

Purpose

The purpose of the Dobson Volunteer Service Program is to encourage the spiritual and value development of participating students while providing assistance to individuals, families and communities in need.

In order to qualify for an internship or grant, an applicant must demonstrate both a desired positive effect upon his/her spiritual development and an identifiable element of humanitarian service.

While there are many interpretations of "spiritual," for the purposes of this program, the term means having to do with God or religious matters. It is not required that an applicant be an adherent of any particular faith.

All participants must abide by all travel-related university policies (ACAF 2.08 and ACAF 2.09). If a trip location is considered a destination of risk by the university, the application(s) will be denied and will not receive financial consideration by the Dobson Board. 

 

Financial Support

Participants are eligible for reimbursement of up to 50% of approved expenses. Applicants are expected to show their dedication to the initiative by raising or contributing the remaining funds.

Qualifications

  • Spiritual/Service component must be the primary motivation.

  • Internships, courses or travel which appear to be for ‘resume-padding’ or ‘broadening one’s educational experience’ will not be favored.

  • Trips undertaken primarily to meet a course requirement or achieve advancement in a particular academic curriculum will not be favored, but there is no prohibition against receiving or seeking academic credit for the DVSP experience where the primary spiritual/service motivations are demonstrated.

  • All participants (faculty, staff and students) must abide by all travel related university policies (ACAF 2.08 and ACAF 2.09). If a trip location is considered a destination of risk by the university, the application(s) will be denied and will not receive financial consideration by the Dobson Board.

Application requirements

  • Applicant must be enrolled as a student at USC or faculty, staff or affiliate,

  • Applicant must be in good standing with the university.

  • Applications must include a detailed description of the costs association with the trip (program fees, flight, food, lodging, etc.).

  • One recommendation from someone who is familiar with applicant’s volunteer/service history.

  • Applications must be submitted in full, including recommendation, by the published deadline. No late/incomplete applications will be reviewed.

Post-service requirements

  • Submit all reimbursement paperwork within 30 days of trip completion.

  • Complete a written reflection by a given deadline.

  • Conduct a minimum of 10 presentations to university students, civic groups, religious groups and local schools by a given deadline.

  • Submit an electronic copy of the presentation by a given deadline.

 

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