Thank you for working with UMW Students!
Thank you for your interest in working with UMW students. Many of our students are eager to work with community partners and learn more about the Fredericksburg area through volunteer work, service, and community-engaged research. While our students are often hard-working volunteers, they have different schedules and needs than other volunteers. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you work with UMW students:
UMW students follow our academic calendar and they may not be available over fall, winter, spring, or summer break. Student hours are usually limited during final exams. Very few students are on campus over the summer.
Orientation for students
It is important to communicate clearly with student volunteers and set expectations. It is a good idea to provide an orientation for your student volunteers, and there are some best practices that are good to follow when working with students. It is useful to clearly communicate your expectations and have a conversation to make sure they understand what they are committing to.
Working with a community-engaged class
If you are working with students as part of a community-engaged class, you will want to talk with the instructor to make sure you understand the learning goals and project objectives.