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Experience UGA


Experience UGA is a partnership between the Clarke County School District and the University of Georgia, which brings all 13,000 Clarke County School District students (PreK-12) to UGA's campus every year. Through a variety of field trips, Clarke County students participate in hands-on, curricular-based learning activities. It is our goal to foster interest in the pursuit of higher education among Clarke County students through increased exposure to college life with our programs.

Please Note: In order to volunteer with Experience UGA, you must attend a General Volunteer Orientation or take our online orientation.  There are no more orientation sessions for this semester, but if you still would like to volunteer you can the online orientation training here.  We will have additional orientation sessions offered in the spring!

Some trips provide brief orientations on the day of, which are noted on the individual event descriptions.

Applications are now live and will close November 9th. Application Link here.

Interested in engaging with community schools, learning about issues surrounding education, and working with Clarke County Students? Apply to become an Experience UGA Ambassador! 

The Experience UGA Ambassadors will serve from the beginning of Spring 2018 - the end of Fall 2018. The Experience UGA Ambassadors will serve as ambassadors for the University of Georgia to the Clarke County School District. They will create a presence in the community through their participation in Experience UGA trips and events as well as School District events such as Parent-Teacher nights. Furthermore, they will study issues surrounding education, the educational institutions present in the community and the history of education in Athens-Clarke County to understand the perceptions and stigmas surrounding higher education and work to destigmatize these perceptions of higher education for Clarke County students. 

Serving as an Experience UGA Ambassador will also be included on your Experiential Learning Transcript (and meets the requirement for School of Education majors).  Experience UGA Ambassadors will enhance their leadership competency by developing their skills in civic engagement, critical thinking, communication, ethical reasoning, and reflection.  Experience UGA Ambassadors also have the opportunity to take on further leadership roles if desired by applying to serve on the Ambassador student executive board their second year in the program.  Your acceptance to the Experience UGA Ambassador program will be contingent upon passing a background check.
Experience UGA Ambassador Expectations and Roles:
1. Commitment to 20 hours per semester minimum of work facilitating Experience UGA trips (trips occur daily starting at 9:00 am and ending between 11:00 am - 1:30 pm, depending on the age group.) 
2. Attendance and participation at all retreats and all Bi-weekly meetings in addition to committee meetings
3. Present about Experience UGA at Clarke County School District Events
4. Support Experience UGA media and events
5. Maintain Experience UGA social media accounts
6. Research the various educational institutions in Athens-Clarke County
7. Develop community outreach projects that will enhance the mission of Experience UGA and support the school district communities
8. Actively and fully engage in all opportunities and events, readings, discussions, and projects
9. Assist with general volunteer recruitment as needed
10. Assist in developing and supporting Experience UGA Annual fundraiser and other fundraising initiatives
11. Be enrolled on campus for the entirety of Spring 2017 and Fall 2017
12. Other duties as assigned
Important Dates for Ambassadors:
Winter Meeting: Sunday, December 3rd at 6:00 pm
Spring Retreat: January 13th – 14th 
Bi-Weekly Meetings on Thursdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm beginning January 18th for spring semester and August 23rd for fall semester
Annual Fundraiser: Date TBD
Family Day: Date TBD 
Fall Retreat: August 18th and 19th

Contact with any conflicts regarding attending an orientation session, or with any other questions, comments, or concerns.
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