The purpose of forming an ISL Club on your campus is to recruit volunteers for service learning trips, find ways to help lower the cost of the trips for each volunteer, and have fun doing it!
Why Create a Club on your Campus?
Forming an ISL Club on campus requires a large commitment; however, the benefits of having a club are equally as great. Benefits include:
- Prompt communication between members (travelers and non-travelers).
- Effective mentoring between those interested in traveling and those who have traveled.
- Creation of a culture that brings attention to and supports international medicine.
- Prompt distribution of materials.
Where to Start
Check with your school for their rules on club formation and fundraising. Each school has different requirements regarding club establishment. Certain institutions may require a constitution for your club. Two sample constitutions are included at the end of this document.
- The ISL Lead Ambassador for your area will work with you to set up a club and a trip. If you aren’t sure who your Lead Ambassador is, please contact quinton@ISLonline.org.
- If a group of 12 or more volunteers from your school can be recruited, a Reserved (or “your school only”) Team can be formed, and you may custom design your trip, with a wide variety of choices of countries, dates and projects. See the ISL website www.ISLonline.org to get an idea of programming choices. Discounts are also available for teams of 12 or more–contact your Lead Ambassador.
- ISL Marketing can provide flyers, T-shirts, sign-up sheets, business cards, and funds for pre-approved pizza parties. Talk to your Lead Ambassador about your needs.
- There may be ISL Ambassadors at your school who are experienced ISL travelers and are available for presentations and suggestions. They can also help prepare your team for travel.
Club Activity and Maintenance
Throughout the semester, activities that pertain to international service or promoting clubs are encouraged. Possible activities include the following:
- Review of Medical Spanish/Swahili
- Group fundraising activities
- Medical preparation workshop (vitals, ear/nose/throat/eye exams, etc.)
- Local community volunteering
- Donation events (pharmaceutical supplies, tennis shoes, glasses, clothes, etc.)
- Awareness events/presentations
- Club social events
There are a lot of responsibilities involved in maintaining a club; therefore, responsibilities are often distributed to different members. It is important to note that having officers is optional, and the responsibilities listed are only to give the representative an idea of what kind of officers and duties to assign.
- Overlooks all operations of the club
- Organizes club meetings and determines what will be covered during those meetings
- Delegates tasks
- Monitors the club’s progress towards meeting the expected quota for team formation and travel
- Trains newly elected officers to make sure they understand their responsibilities and carry them out seamlessly
- throughout the year
- Meets with a faculty advisor (if necessary), provides necessary updates, and discusses key issues
- Assumes the duties of the president in his or her absence
- Organizes annual or semester officer elections
- Organizes club events that prepare volunteers for their trips
- Pays organization bills (if applicable)
- Coordinates fund raising drives
- Keeps track of donations and distributes the donations among each traveler
- Prepares the club’s budget (if applicable)
Volunteer Coordinator (if local community volunteering is part of the club)
- Plans local community service events
- Coordinates with local organizations to establish a continuing service relationship