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Volunteer Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Volunteering with the Oral English Proficiency Program (OEPP) is a great way to volunteer on campus, meet people from different cultures, help international graduate students become effective classroom instructors and earn a certificate of appreciation.

Volunteer opportunities include classroom presentations, conversation activities and roundtable discussion groups.

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Click here for more information on incentives for student volunteering.

Classroom Presentations

An important component of ENGL 62000, "Classroom Communication for International Teaching Assistants," are the presentations prepared by the students in the course. The presentations give students practice speaking English in front of an audience. To make this exercise as realistic and beneficial as possible, we ask Purdue undergraduates to come, observe and play the part of a student in a class. For example, volunteers may be asked to take part in a mock question-and-answer session. Volunteers observe 2 presentations in a 50-minute class period and complete a brief written evaluation (.pdf/87KB) for each, stating what was good and where improvement is still needed.

Some instructors may offer extra credit to undergraduates who observe presentations — be sure to ask. Volunteers will be given a participation memo after volunteering as proof of participation. To receive the participation memo volunteers must arrive on time, stay for the entire session and actively participate.



Click the "Register" button to see the time choices that are currently available and to sign-up.  Seats are limited--please register in advance.


Volunteer participation and feedback is very important to our students.  Seats are limited--please register in advance. If after registering you find you cannot attend, please cancel your registration so that your space may be filled by another volunteer.

 Earn a Certificate of Appreciation

Undergraduates who volunteer for 10 or more hours per academic year can earn a Certificate of Appreciation and the right to list their volunteer service on their resume. Volunteers with 10-19 hours of volunteer time earn a bronze level certificate, 20-29 hours earn a silver level certificate, and 30+ hours earn a gold level certificate. To earn a certificate:

  • Register online and attend presentations throughout the academic year. Hours earned in Fall '15 and Spring '16 and Summer '16, for example, apply toward a certificate.
  • The OEPP classroom instructor takes attendance and the OEPP office keeps track of your volunteer hours.
  • To receive volunteer credit, you must register online, actively participate in the class, and complete the written evaluation form. We cannot give participation credit to students who doze off, come late or leave early, do not fully complete the written evaluation form, or in any other way fail to contribute to the classroom experience.
  • You will receive a Participation Memo as proof of your attendance. Give this to your instructor if he or she is offering extra credit for your participation.
  • The OEPP Office will contact you at the end of the spring semester to let you know you have earned a certificate. If you are a December graduate, be sure to contact the OEPP office to let them know you need your certificate in December instead of May.
  • If you have questions at any time, please e-mail oepp@purdue.edu.