International Student Orientation is a two-week introduction for new international students at the University of Iowa. During orientation, students participate in a series of workshops and sessions designed specifically to meet their needs. Volunteers help with check-in, room and event setup, and other administrative duties; or, for a more in depth experience, they can sign up to be orientation leaders, where they co-lead a small group of students through the orientation process. Orientation occurs in mid-August and early January.
The International Classroom Journey (ICJ) program matches elementary and secondary classrooms with international students and community members or U.S. students who have spent time abroad. Volunteers are trained to give interactive presentations to students about the cultures they come from or have experienced.
Tax workshop volunteers offer income tax advisory services to the UI international community. No academic background or professional experience in taxation is required. As a volunteer, you will help international students and scholars prepare their federal and state income tax returns by using tax filing software CINTAX. We provide you free training books and a training session to prepare you as a qualified tax volunteer. Tax workshops start in March and you can sign up for different time slots to fit into your schedule.
Panelists are needed throughout the year to participate in various workshops and presentations about cultural differences. Some of the panels are country-culture specific, some are academic and some are social. Although panelist are not expected to be experts on their home culture or country, they do act as cultural ambassadors who provide important perspectives.
Storytelling, media creation, and communications volunteers tell the stories of international students and scholars on campus, students who have studied or conducted research abroad, faculty projects, and community international connections through articles, photos and videos, and other forms of media, which are then featured in a variety of online outlets.
Event publicity and support volunteers distribute publicity materials for International Programs events and provide onsite assistance at events. In some cases, volunteers can capture photos and video of events, write press releases and communicate with event coordinators, and assist IP’s Events Projects Specialist.