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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions


When are GO! project meetings?
      The project meeting times are determined by the team members’ schedules. Meetings are once a week and usually last from one to two hours. In the weeks directly preceding the projects, meeting times may be longer. Also, team members are responsible for attending other fundraising events during the weeks in addition to meetings.

How much do projects cost?
      The cost of each project is different depending on the length of the project and destination. Do not let the cost of the project deter you from applying. Fundraising is a large part of the project.

Can I do more than one project a year?
      No, you may only do one project per year.

Can I go on the same project twice?
      You cannot be a team member on the same project more than once. However, you can go on a project and then lead the same project in another year.

• Can I create my own project?
      New projects are created through the office. If you have an idea, you can meet with a GO! director or administrator.

• How can I be involved without going on a project?
      There are many ways to be involved in service and fundraising without being involved. See the GO! Fordham section of the website for more information.

• What is the time commitment for a project

      Projects are large time commitments including weekly meetings before and after the project, a retreat, fundraising, service and any other additional team activities such as lectures and informative events. Usually doing a project is like having an additional class.

• If I go to LC can I do a RH project?
      Yes. Rose Hill Students can do Lincoln Center projects and Lincoln Center students can do Rose Hill projects. It is important to note that all the meetings and fundraising will take place at the project’s home campus.

• If I am a graduating senior can I do a summer project?
      Yes, graduating seniors can do summer projects. Please remember that the time after the project is just as important as the time before the project. Your team will have meetings and events after the project that they would like you to attend.

• What are the time requirements of leading?
      Leading is a very large time commitment. Leaders are responsible for organizing and facilitating the weekly team meetings as well as meeting weekly with a GO! administrator. Leaders also commit to advertising for the project, interviewing applicants, being an active part of team fundraisers and organizing the logistics of the projects. These responsibilities often require extra hours spent in the office.

• Does GO pay for my immunizations and passport?

      You must take care of your immunizations and passport on your own. The Health Center will help you determine immunizations and medical needs.

• How do I decide what project to do first?
      Look at all the project you are interested in. You might want to apply to a shorter project at first to see if GO! is for you.

• My project has a problem-who can I talk to?

      You should talk with your leader or chaperone first. If you do not feel comfortable, you can always talk to the board, the GO! director, or a GO! administrator.

• I’m a faculty member/graduate student. What can I do?

      You can chaperone a project. You also must fill out an application (link). See the chaperone section of the website for more information.


Applications


How do I apply?
     You can pick up an application at the GO! Office or download one from the website. After filing out the application and dropping it off at either GO! Office you can sign up for an interview for your first choice project the week before interviews for that project are scheduled to begin.

I do not understand how to rank the projects in order of preference. I want to apply to a winter and summer project, but the summer project is my first choice. What do I do?
     You must rank your projects based on when they occur. You cannot place a spring or summer project before a winter project. Think about which project you would really prefer. If you get the winter project, perhaps you can apply for the summer project another year.

What does the interview entail?
     The interview is a set of questions determined by the leader of the project. The interview usually takes about ten to fifteen minutes. The leader tries to get to know you and understand your desire to be on the team.

Who conducts the interview?
     The leader and the chaperone or a board member conduct the interview.

What happens if I do not get my first choice?
     If you do not get your first choice, you application will be rolled over to the next project on your list. You must come in and sign up for an interview for this project. The interview times are posted a few days before the projects due date.


• What can I do if I do not get accepted on a project?
      If you do not get accepted on a project you should apply again. There are many applicants and a specific number of spots. You can also attend GO! Fordham events (link), research the project of your choice before applying, or stop by the office to get more information.

• I’ve been rejected multiple times, what should I do?

      You should keep trying. Also stop in and talk to the director or administrator. They may have helpful hints. Also, evaluate your motivations for doing a project and see if they match the GO! philosophy.


Values and Beliefs


What are the four pillars?
     The four pillars are spirituality, community, social justice and simple living.

What is the significance of the four pillars?
     All of Global Outreach has been shaped around these four pillars. They not only serve as the foundation of Global Outreach but also as goals which we hope each individual and group within Global Outreach may strive for in order to better themselves, the program and others around them.

What are the three Ds?
     The three Ds referto three activities that are not tolerated within the Global Outreach community; drinking, drugs and dating.

What exactly do you mean by no drinking?
     It is not acceptable to incorporate alcohol in any part of the Global Outreach experience. This means no GO! parties, fundraisers or team bonding events where alcohol is involved. The use of alcohol is prohibited at all times during the project.

What do you mean by no dating?
     No dating refers to the formation of cliques within a team. Whether they be romantically based or not cliques can ruin the sense of community among the team. For this reason we ask that team members refrain from forming cliques and dating one another until they are no longer involved with Global Outreach.

Why do we have the three Ds?
     The three Ds are implemented in an effort to uphold the four pillars of Global Outreach; community, spirituality, social justice and simple living.

•  Why can’t I bring my cell phone or ipod?
      GO! Projects are about removing oneself from the everyday life routine. Cell phones and ipods act as a distraction and disrupt team unity.

Is this a mission trip?
     No, Global Outreach does not host any mission trips. Spirituality is a component of the team but no team member is meant to attempt to convert or impose his/her religious beliefs on another individual.

Do I have to be Catholic?
     No, people of all religions, faiths and beliefs are welcome to be a part of Global Outreach. As a team member you will be asked to attend a GO! commissioning mass at the university church.

• Do I have to be religious?
      One of the pillars of GO! is spirituality. That being said, you do not have to be religious, but you must be open to your team member’s beliefs.


The Board


What is the GO! Board?
     The GO! Board is a student-run administrative unit that oversees the program as a whole.

What does the GO! Board do?
     Some of the main responsibilities of the board are supporting the leaders and teams, choosing leaders, supporting leaders in the process of interviewing applicants, developing and shaping new projects, organizing GO! Fordham events and attending/organizing information sessions. Board members are also required to attend weekly meeting and fulfill a set number of office hours per week.

When are GO! Board meetings?
     The GO! Board meets once a week during a time determined by board members’ schedules. If you are not a board member but have an issue you would like to discuss with the board you may contact the GO! Office and arrange a time to meet with the board.

Can I apply to the GO! Board? How?
     In order to apply for the Board you must have already done a Global Outreach project. New board selections occur each spring, usually in the month of April. Around this time the opportunity to apply will advertised around campus and through email. Once you decide to apply for the board you must fill out an application.

What is the board application process?
     After filling out an application two board members will interview you. Board interviews are longer and more detailed than a team interview. Finally, the board will hold a meeting in which the new board members will be chosen.

How long can I be on the Go Board for?
     Each board member is allotted a maximum of a two-year term. If you are a junior when you apply you will be on the board for only one year. However, if you are a freshman or a sophomore at the time of application you are expected to make a two-year commitment to the board.

I have an idea. Where can I find you?
     The Global Outreach office is located on the second floor of McGinley. The day and time of the GO! Board meetings for fall 2008 will be posted shortly.

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