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Information for Chaperones 

Chaperones play a key role in Global Outreach. Each project has a chaperone who acts as an adult presence and a support to the student leader. Faculty, administrators, graduate students, and alumni of the program are eligible to apply to be a project chaperone. 

The primary roles of the chaperone are to assist the student leader in the successful preparation, implementation, and follow up of the project and to ensure the success of the project. It is also the chaperone's responsibility to ensure that the four pillars of Global Outreach—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—are consistently met. While the team leader takes care of the logistics and day to day functions of the project, the chaperone provides support where necessary. 

Chaperoning is large investment of time. The chaperones are expected to attend a short training session (see Upcoming Events for dates), weekly team meetings (these meetings will be scheduled once a team is formed), a weekend retreat, the commissioning ceremony, and follow up meetings. Furthermore, we ask that chaperones pay for 50% of their project expenses. 


To apply to be a chaperone, please visit the Apply to Global Outreach section of the website to download an application. You can also obtain a copy by visiting the GO offices at Rose Hill (McGinley 205) or Lincoln Center (Lowenstein 217C). Once the application is complete, it should be handed in to the GO office. Please be aware that filling out an application does not guarantee you a position as a chaperone. Whereas GO is a student led program, the student leaders are empowered to find their own chaperones. The student leaders will contact you for an interview if they believe that you might be a good fit as a chaperone. In addition, the chaperone application is a tool to allow the leaders to gain a better understanding of your desire to participate in GO. It is not required to fill out an application, but it is the best way to show your interest to the project leaders. 


Chaperones are also needed for Midnight Runs, which are one time projects where we take food and clothing to the homeless men and women of New York City. Information about Midnight Runs is available on the Midnight Run section of the website. 

Many people have remarked that serving as a GO chaperone was one of their most rewarding experiences at Fordham. Please consider joining in this Fordham tradition of forming community and striving towards justice. Please contact the GO staff with any additional questions about applying to be a chaperone. Contact information is available on the Contact Information section of the website.

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