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Wildcat Serve (WCS)

Similar to the Spring Break Service Learning Trips, Wildcat Serve allows students to participate in their own independent service learning trips.

Wildcat Serve offers grants up to QAR 5,000 for one-week trips, and QAR 7,500 for trips that are two or more weeks.

Eligibility

Wildcat Serve is available to all students in good academic standing. However, it is highly encouraged that students have prior experience participating in other school-sponsored trips.

When is it?

Exact dates are determined by the student(s).

  1. Winter Break, December 15, 2017 – January 13, 2018
  2. Summer Break, May 11, 2018 – August 19, 2018

Location

The location is determined by the student(s).

Apply

The Wildcat Serve Application is now open and the deadline is Saturday, October 21 at midnight. View application form.

Students may apply individually or in groups of up to three people. If awarded, each student receives the monetary award -- i.e. if three students apply for a one-week trip, each student is awarded QAR 5,000, or the group is awarded a total of QAR 15,000.

To apply, students must complete three steps:

  1. Attend a mandatory pre-selection session that reviews basic concepts of service learning, social justice, and cultural competency, as well as go over the expectations of Wildcat Serve participants
  2. Complete an online proposal, detailing the service work, location and rationale, partner organization, risk and safety assessment, proposed project and budget
  3. Pitch their proposal to the selection committee

How to create a Proposal:

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Expectations

Selected students will:

  • Participate in a not-for-credit class, graded on engagement and participation. If the student fails to achieve a grade of 75% or higher, the student will be charged back 50% of the grant funds. If the student fails to achieve a grade of 65% or higher, the student is charged back 100% of the grant funds.
  • Complete all logistical arrangements, with support by NU-Q. The student is also expected to complete all logistical expectations that NU-Q requires, including risk assessment
  • Attend and participate in six pre- and post-departure sessions to help prepare for the trip and reflect on the experience
  • Complete a capstone project
  • Present their experience to the NU-Q community
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