Pepperdine Volunteer Center
Project Serve Frequently Asked Questions
How much will this cost?
Will there be fundraising opportunities?
When will I need to turn in my money?
Can I request to go on a specific team? Group?
When will I know what team I am on?
Can I purchase my own airline ticket?
Will we have free time on our trip?
Who is eligible for this program?
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
Project Serve teams have a range of costs depending on length and location. The cost of the trip varies from year to year depending on airline costs, organization fees, and room/board. The specific cost for each trip is listed in the site catalog.
There will be three different types of fundraising options for each participant.
- Individual Fundraising: Each participant will be encouraged to write letters to family, friends, church members, and others to invite them to contribute to the service that students will be doing on Project Serve. Participants will be given a sample fundraising letter and each team leader will support members in their efforts. Historically, we have found that this is the most successful form of fundraising. In addition, Project Serve 2014 will feature a new crowd-sourcing platform to make raising funds easier than ever through social media and the web.
- Team Fundraising: During your first few meetings with your new Project Serve team you will discuss group fundraising ideas. Your team leader will come up with some ideas, but we encourage group members to think creatively about this as well. Past team fundraisers have included: pizza delivery for the caf, homecoming calling, car washes, babysitting, pictures with "Santa," knitting & selling scarves, and bake sales. Team fundraisers can be highly successful, very creative, and create great team unity.
- Project Serve Fundraising: The Project Serve staff and Team Leaders are working together to develop larger Project Serve fundraisers. The money raised during this fundraiser will be credited to all members that actively participate. While this fundraiser will most definitely help, participants should not rely solely on this event. The money raised will be divided among many people, therefore, it may have a small impact on a participant's fundraising goal.
It is recommended that participants achieve their fundraising goal through all three of these opportunities. It can be difficult for a student to raise all of their money by only participating in one of these fundraising options; however, many students successfully raise a large portion of their program fee. If you are at all concerned about fundraising or the costs, please contact Justin Schneider.
You will turn in your contract in early November. The first half of the program fee is due to the Volunteer Center in early December. The second half of the program fee is due to the Volunteer Center in early February.
Can I request to go on a specific team? Can I go on a trip with my residence hall, Greek affiliation, or Bible study group?
Absolutely. On the application you will be asked a series of questions to help you determine which team(s) you would like to apply for. It also allows you to tell us what your top choices are and which teams, if any, you do not want to be on.
Additionally, if you know there are locations or projects you cannot attend or would have to drop from, it is very important to indicate this in your application to help us in our attempt to match you to the best project.
When making selections we consider your preferences, the number allowed on each team, and the team dynamics. We do our best to place you where you want to go; however, it is important to realize that not all participants get their first choice.
When it comes to a specific group you want to go on Project Serve with, you should be aware that all team members are selected individually to create a dynamic and specialized team. Project Serve is designed to expand your network of friends and to build new relationships.
All Project Serve applicants will find out what team they were selected for at Site Revelation in late October. At this event, teams will have the opportunity to meet together for the first time and begin getting to know each other better and their site.
In most cases you cannot purchase your airline ticket. We buy them as a group, which not only gives us a reduced rate in some cases, but also ensures that the entire team travels together. This is important for your safety and makes it easier on the organization you are visiting. If you have a special circumstance, please feel free to contact us regarding this issue (i.e. you have frequent flyer miles).
We believe that a good Project Serve trip has a balance of direct service, education, reflection and fun! Therefore, there will be free time and at least one fun group outing built into each teams' itinerary.
Please know, though, the purpose of Project Serve is to contribute significantly to the community to which you are traveling. Therefore, you are expected to stay with the group and to participate fully in all of the group's activities. There will not be time for you to site-see on your own.
If you are a Pepperdine student, staff or faculty member and willing to serve -- You are eligible!
You can call the Volunteer Center at (310) 506-4143 or email us.