Volunteers serve in four main areas: education, social service, campus ministry and health care. AVs serving in education may have opportunities to develop classroom management skills, work one on one with students, utilize educational technology, create short-term lesson plans, and work with a variety of age levels. Volunteers who serve in social service roles may have opportunities to interface with government systems, learn common software or online tools, use or develop foreign language skills and employ social media skills in a professional capacity. AVs who serve in campus ministry will gain experience working one on one with students, planning large events, developing programs, and mentoring teenagers and young adults. Volunteer nurses will put their clinical skills into practice and will gain experience with triage, develop greater cross-cultural competency, interface with large health care systems, and learn more about homelessness and social determinants of health.
Service sites are often flexible and open to helping a volunteer get the most from their year of service. While these are common professional experiences, each volunteer year is unique.