Site Leader Application & Recruitment
Thank you for your interest in serving as a BCLS Site Leader for 2019 - 2020. We are excited for your interest of creating lasting change with us!
Site Leaders are students who will lead Florida Alternative Breaks trips, Day of Service experiences, and local service opportunities for UF students. Students will be expected to lead at least one experience per semester. Students will have the opportunity to preference the experiences they will lead each semester, but the final decision will be left up to the Assistant Director of the BCLS and the Management Team.
Application & Interview Process:
Each interested student will submit an application to become a Site Leader. One of our Management Team members will follow-up with you to schedule a 30 minute interview. As part of the interview, you facilitate an ice-breaker so that the interview team can gauge your facilitation skill level. You will receive more information about ice breaker options when you submit your application.
Leading one of our BCLS Service experiences is a great way to develop transferrable skills, learn how to lead others, and have the experience that employers are looking for in UF graduates. Here are a few things that you will be able to gain as a result of being a BCLS Site Leader:
- Lead and facilitate a team of peers
- Communication Skills
- Develop relationships with like-minded Gators
- Manage conflict
- Learn how to think on your feet and be adaptable
- Learn how to manage your time
- Learn how to manage and anticipate change
- Develop confidence in leading a group of people
- Learn how to utilize different marketing and promotion strategies
- Learn how to collaborate with a group of strangers and act as a mediator for the group
- Learn how to analyze group dynamics
- Learn how to manage a budget and balance finances
Our management team will send you information on three different ice-breaker activities that you can choose from to facilitate during your interview. You will receive this information after you submit your Site Leader application. You only have to facilitate one activity at the beginning of your interview.
One of the most important responsibilities of our site leaders is to be able to facilitate team dynamics and a group experience. We want to gauge your level of comfort in facilitation and also leading your peers. We aren't looking for experts; we are looking for candidates who are willing to grow in this skillset to create lasting change among their UF peers.
Site Leader Retreat will be Sunday, August 25 from 11 am - 4 pm.
No - trips will be planned and presented to the Site Leaders to preference. Currently, the trip menu for fall and winter experiences will be presented to the Site Leaders at the August retreat date. MLK & Spring Semester options will be presented in mid to late fall 2019.
Yes! Site leaders will plan pre-trip meetings and meet with participants several times before the trip to make sure that participants know what’s going on with the trip and get educated on the trip social issue.
All new site leaders must register for EDA4930: "Active Citzenship: Leading an Immersive Service Experience". This 1-credit class in the Fall. The class will prepare site leaders to lead an immersive service experience while allowing students to dive deeper into what social change is, diversity, and how to understand community needs. It will also empower students to be active citizens.
Upon acceptance as a site leader, you will be automatically added to the class (you cannot manually register for it yourself).
Returning and new Site Leaders will be required to attend a weekly check-in meet in both fall and spring semesters on Thursdays from 3 pm - 4:30 pm.
As a domestic trip SL registered for the course, you do not need to pay for your trip.