Choosing to participate in either PS Reading Week or PS Spring/Summer as a leader is an opportunity that will change the way you think about the world and your place in it. Simply put, these are transformative learning experiences that we hope will inspire you, motivate you, and challenge you to think more deeply about the world we live in. It's also a big commitment, so we hope you'll take the time to read through the information provided below. We think of these programs as a partnership between our staff, Team Leaders, Student Leaders and participants. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.
All full and part-time University of Guelph faculty and staff, as well as University of Guelph graduate students are eligible to apply to Project Serve Reading Week and Spring/Summer programs as Team Leaders.
Applying to be a Team Leader
Team Leader applicants must receive permission from their department or faculty to participate in the program, including pre-departure meetings and workshops, and if applicable arrange to be away from University of Guelph during Reading Week 2017.
Selected Team Leaders must have valid First Aid/CPR training as well as SafeTalk or ASIST training, or be capable of successfully completing training by the beginning of the program. If updated First Aid/CPR or other training is needed, Student Life will cover the cost of certification.
Applications are available on GryphLife, and are generally due at the beginning of October.
Program fees, including travel, accommodation and meals for selected Team Leaders are covered through student participant fees and university funding. There is no additional remuneration for the position: it is a volunteer role, and is not paid. Team Leaders are expected to commit time to facilitating this learning experience for students (before, during and after Reading Week).
Expectations of Team Leaders
This is a general outline of the normal function and activities associated with being a Team Leader:
- Participate in team leader/student leader meetings (November - March)
- Participate in Safe Talk training
- Organize and facilitate 3 pre-program sessions with team (team building, theme-related, logistics, local service learning experience related to theme of program)
- Facilitate critical reflection activities during the PS Reading Week experience
- Ensure smooth running of service site activities and group conduct/safety during the experience
- Keep track of and submit expense report at end of program
- Complete brief evaluation report of project
- Act as a strong, professional role model and ambassador for the University of Guelph
- Implement policies and protocols to manage risk and support the health and safety of all program participants
- Be an active participant from application submission to completion of the PS Reading Week experience
- Understand that all PS Reading Week experiences are substance free. Participants will not be able to consume alcohol or drugs during the experience
- Participate in two mandatory orientation and training sessions in November and January in addition to organizing pre-program sessions for their team.
- Team leaders are also expected to participate and support their team in the Project Serve Reading Week Closing sharing circle.
Team Leaders must anticipate dedicating at least 2-3 hours/week for independent program preparation in November and December, and then 3-5 hours/week for preparation in January and February.
Desired Skill Set
The following is a list of the skills, abilities and experiences that are required to be a strong Team Leader.
- An understanding and appreciation for experiential education and community service-learning (previous experience as a learner is advantageous)
- Strong facilitation skills and the ability to lead students in structured critical reflection activities that help students go deeper into the themes of the program
- Strong interpersonal skills for building positive relationships with students, community members, and partner organizations
- Sound decision-making skills for ensuring the health and safety of the team
- A positive attitude, patience, flexibility and enthusiasm
- Understanding that team leader responsibilities are not restricted to the 9-5 work schedule during the program
- A valid driver's license for the Nawash and Guelph programs
For more information on leading with Project Serve, please contact Cassie Wever, Coordinator, Citizenship and Community Based Learning, Student Life (firstname.lastname@example.org).