Outreach Recruitment Strategies

For Vice Presidents of Outreach: Successful Strategies for Recruiting Students to Join your Outreach Trip!

On Campus Tabling or Booths

On Campus Tabling or Booths

Goal Booths are a key component to increasing students’ awareness of SOS Outreach Trips. The purpose of a booth is to engage with students and tell them that SOS provides Outreach Trips. At your booth, you want to make sure students know the location of your trip and what their tasks will be. You want […]

Sample Email to Professors

Dear (professor name), My name is ____, I am a (year of study) year (major) student here at (school). I am writing to you today to tell you about a fantastic opportunity that will definitely be of interest for your students in (name of class). I am the Vice President of Outreach at Students Offering […]

Class Talks

Past VPs of Outreach have found that going to specific classes to talk about your trip is a particularly effective way of spreading the word and getting applications in. Key is to target classes that have students interested in international development/Latin America/education and may not be reached through Exam-AIDs/SOS on your campus. What you need: […]

Hosting a Rolling Info Session

This post will walk you through running an information session for your upcoming trip… Ideally you’ll run a few of these sessions, and do them in a “rolling” format where you book a room for a few hours and give the presentation multiple times so volunteers can stop by as it suits them. Here’s how! […]

International Centers on Campus

When: September/October What: Most campuses have an office where students can go to get information on international opportunities. This may be called the International Center, the Work/Study Abroad Center, or something else (check your school’s website). Here you should be able to find a place to put up posters, a binder where you can throw […]

Volunteer Abroad Fairs

Volunteer Abroad Fairs When: September and October – get on this early!!! What: Fairs that run around university campuses set up to promote various international opportunities, and are widely attended by students in the first weeks of the school year. Study and Go Abroad Fair (see when/if it’s at your campus!): http://www.studyandgoabroad.com Lets Go Global […]

Tips for Trip Recruiting from Past Years

In our 7 years of recruiting trip participants, we’ve learned a lot of lessons. Here are some pearls of wisdom that come from past VPs of Outreach to help the incoming ones. Comment with additional tips please!!! Get started early! Don’t wait until the end of the Fall term to start talking about your trip. […]