Volunteers are crucial to society, and they’re the backbone of OLLI at SDSU. Research shows charitable work has a positive impact on happiness and well-being — and the organization benefits too. We welcome your energy, enthusiasm, and fresh ideas. And you’ll appreciate the sense of OLLI ownership — it’s a win-win.
Consider Joining or Chairing an OLLI Committee or Group Today
The time commitment is one to three hours per month
Advise and provide the director with feedback and constructive ideas for achieving the institute’s mission, vision, and goals. Identify potential OLLI donors.
Represent the OLLI membership in the curriculum development process by assisting staff in the planning of each semester’s offerings. Recommend innovative educational formats such as panel discussions, travel programs, online courses, SDSU campus department tours, etc.
Increase the visibility of OLLI through outreach, community partnerships, and social media.
Represent OLLI at local organizations and communities in an effort to raise awareness and increase membership.
Develop strategies to recruit and retain members. Tasks will include greeting and welcoming new students, nurturing member relationships, sending welcome packets to new members, assisting with Welcome Orientation and Tour and annual member meetings, and developing member surveys.
Event Planning Committee
Assist OLLI staff in selecting, planning, and implementing events to expand options and activities such as the Welcome Orientation and Tour, special events featuring distinguished guests (visionary leaders, authors, artists), social functions both on and off campus, and instructor appreciation events.
Ensure that classes run smoothly by welcoming students and introducing instructors. Also serve as liaison between the institute and classmates, disseminate information, and motivate peers to get involved.
Assist with day-to-day operations of the institute such as creating class packets, making follow-up phone calls to inquiry lists, sending welcome letters to new members, summarizing course evaluations, and sending reminder emails to students.
In collaboration with SDSU University Relations and Development, develop and implement strategies to assist in achieving annual fundraising goals.
Additional Volunteer Opportunities at SDSU
Aztec Mentor Program — Mentor an SDSU Student
We invite you to become a mentor and support an undergraduate student in his or her career development. Mentors will spend eight to 12 hours over the course of one semester to advise and coach a student in developing leadership skills, transitioning from the undergraduate program to the workforce, developing networking skills, setting career goals, and learning about specific industries and organizations as well as other areas.
- Opportunity to give back to SDSU
- Exposure to graduates as potential employees
- Development of closer links with SDSU
- Enhancement of coaching, mentoring, and professional development skills
“The Aztec Mentor Program is a great opportunity for OLLI students to help SDSU undergraduates. One thing we all have in common, if we look back, is how nice it would have been to talk to people in our fields of interest. It’s a great opportunity for Osher Institute members to get in touch with a young, vibrant group of people who will be ruling the world in the not too distant future.
— Deborah Carson, Curriculum and Instructor Committee, Aztec Mentor Program Volunteer
For more information, please visit the Aztec Mentor Program.
Conversation Groups with International Students at SDSU’s American Language Institute (ALI)
Conversation Groups at the American Language Institute are designed to give international students practice in conversing with native speakers and other English-language learners. Supervised by ALI staff, the sessions are lightly-structured, with topics and questions to guide the small group discussions. Students also have a chance to ask questions and explore topics of interest. Volunteers are selected to work with two to five students each session. On some occasions, games and other activities are integrated. Refreshments are served at each meeting.
“I like to travel internationally and have always liked talking to people and experiencing their cultures. So this is like traveling, but you don’t have to leave the country.”
— Susan Furtado, Osher Member, ALI Conversation Group Volunteer
When: Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, twice a month
Where: SDSU Gateway Center and Extended Studies Center
For more information, fill out the ALI volunteer form or contact Alan Schuchman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Host Family — Share the International Experience
- Meet students from all over the world
- Introduce American culture to a foreign student
- Help students to speak English well and communicate effectively
- Choose the duration best suited to your schedule — short- or long-term
- Have an experience that lasts a lifetime
Compensation: $800 per month
The length of the homestay varies and depends on the student’s length of study. For more information, contact Tuyen Nguyen, Housing and Student Life Coordinator. Email email@example.com, call (619) 594-1967, or visit ali.sdsu.edu/homestay.
For more information on leadership and volunteer opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 594-2863.