Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a current undergraduate student? Check out our Student FAQs.

What do you mean by service?

From volunteering at a homeless shelter to caring for a disabled neighbor’s pet, if you think it might be service, it probably is. Visit the About section for more specific examples of service.

What if I’m busy on the day of my city’s volunteer event?

Every day in April will be considered a day of service. GDS service opportunities will be taking place throughout the month, so you can find a site and time that will work for your schedule. Only one site in your area? You can also volunteer on your own time, and report your hours worked in the month of April, which will count towards the grand total.

You can also support the University by making a gift to a Boston University annual fund in honor of Global Days of Service. After the completion of all of our service sites, we’ll count up all GDS donations and report the total alongside total service hours. However you choose to give, we thank you for your support.

May children participate?

Designated service sites appropriate for children will be noted as such. Beyond designated service sites, children are encouraged to participate with the permission of their parents, at sites determined by their parents to be safe and appropriate.

I want to organize an official service site. What do I need to do?

Great! We love hearing from eager volunteers! Please fill out the Volunteer Leaders form and we will be in touch!

Why do I need to register?

Keeping an eye on the number of community members who want to participate allows us to estimate resources needed for each official site—and to determine when new cities and sites need to be added.

All of the service sites in my area are full. What should I do?

Email us to let us know you’re interested—or pick an organization that’s meaningful to you and do your own thing. Our online volunteer opportunities are always expanding, don’t forget to check these out!

I don’t see any sites in my area listed. How do I participate?

BU isn’t everywhere, but you are! Choose your own adventure by striking out on your own, check out our online volunteer opportunities, or email us to suggest a project you are interested in leading in your hometown! No matter where you are, you can get involved! If you have volunteered independently, we’d love to hear about your GDS experience. Share your story with the greater BU community.