Is graduation around the corner and you’re still unsure of your next step? Are you interested in an alternative experience, new challenges, or a way to give back? Don’t rule out full-time volunteer service.
Solid work experience. Gain valuable experience to help your resume stand out when you apply for your first job or for post-graduate educational opportunities.
New skills. Grow personally and professionally by developing additional skills and expertise that will serve you well in your first job and beyond.
A chance to become part of real solutions. You’ll have the ability to make a difference by working hands-on with people who make change happen.
An opportunity for adventure. Whether you volunteer in another country or with a population outside of your everyday experiences, you’ll experience new challenges and ways of life.
A live-in community with other volunteers. Many volunteer programs offer housing, along with a similar community experience to that provided at University of Portland. Some volunteer organizations offer the opportunity to pray together, share meals, and contribute reflections.
Need some additional inspiration? As we get older, career and family responsibilities and other commitments may prevent us from volunteering full-time. Volunteering just out of college is an ideal time to pursue an adventurous and rewarding experience. Because of all the benefits you and those you are helping gain, it may be possible to defer your student loans.
Schedule an advising appointment with Pat Ell, Assistant Director for Leadership Development with the Moreau Center.
Explore the wide variety of organizations dedicated to providing meaningful experiences for post-graduate students locally, nationally, and internationally.
We welcome reflections from alumni on their post-graduate experiences. If you are currently volunteering with a post-grad program or have already completed a year of service, please share your stories and inspire others today! We welcome experiences, stories, or anecdotes; impressions or memories; learning or advice; information you wish you'd known beforehand; reasons your service was valuable; and/or anything else you'd like to share.