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Community service - a life long passion

usaloverusalover - Posts: 54 Junior Member
edited September 2006 in Parents Forum
Volunteering is very good way to learn about life and mix with other people. I see that there is a great need for volunteering itself in local communities. Lot of kids are involved in the efforts and communities benefit from them. Lots of kids go and volunteer abroad just for one or two years. However when the same kid return home, they have very few hours to volunteer in their own communities where they live. Does ad-comm can not see that these trips are designed to add hours rather than believe in community service itself?

In my opinion if someone is doing volunteer work from 6-8 years is more impressive (eg. Girl scouting, boy scouting, 4-H etc.) than say from last two years of high school as they are just doing if for the sake of college admissions.

The longer period that starts during garde school shows passion when one put hundredes of hours spread on a very long and sustained period. I was wondering if colleges take a note of this passion or they are just catering to the need of wealthy and connected again and ignore the facts.
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Replies to: Community service - a life long passion

  • usaloverusalover - Posts: 54 Junior Member
    In our kids school whomever probably lot of kids who has never volunteered have gone over this past summer to volunteer in exotic places like Ecuador, Belize, Costa Rico, many countries in Africa. These kids in previous years have never participated in volunteer activities. But suddenly there is a very big jump in community service for each studnet totaling 100 or more hours in one summer. Suddenly looks like everyone find a craze for community service.
  • stockmarketstockmarket - Posts: 250 Junior Member
    This is common phenomenon to do some community service as a junior or in summer between junior and senior year and write an essays about how it changes their life
  • MotherdearMotherdear Registered User Posts: 1,289 Senior Member
    I certainly don't think it hurt my D to have been a Girl Scout from Daisy (kindergarten) through Gold Award Senior. She never found the need to go overseas to do community service as there was always plenty of need in the nearby communities.
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
    Talk to admissions officers or check some of the guidebooks about college admissions and you will find that yes, indeed, it is rare that trips abroad to volunteer impress admissions officers. They are savvy enough to recognize that volunteering abroad typically means: a student's parents have buckets of money and are willing to use that money to buy an experience that the parents think will be impressive; the students have relatives abroad who sign off on some "volunteer" work that really is a sham; the student participated along with a group of other American teens in a very structured, chaperoned program in which they did some simple tasks that wouldn't seem impressive if done in the U.S.

    The admissions officers also know that an inexperienced American teen isn't likely to have any kind of major impact by volunteer for a couple of weeks abroad. The same teen, however, could have a major impact and learn a great deal, too, by volunteering over a period of years in their own community or by organizing a service project in their community. Even a modest service project requires far more leadership, creativity and organizational skills than do packaged volunteer trips abroad.

    So, you are right: In most cases, admissions officers will be far more impressed by a student who has done longterm volunteer work in the U.S. than by a student who has done some kind of fancy sounding volunteer experience abroad.
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