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College Volunteers Experiential Learning Program at Sentara Leigh Hospital 

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College Volunteers at Sentara Leigh

College students have been volunteering at Sentara Leigh Hospital for many years. Traditionally, college students started as adult volunteers, but there was not a program that focused on the specific needs and skills of student volunteers.

In order to work more closely with interested college students, Sentara Leigh Hospital has developed a program specifically for college volunteers called the Experiential Learning Program (ELP). The program will begin during the 2013 summer and fall college semesters; after which it will be evaluated to determine any needed changes or improvements.  

The Volunteer ELP Program coordinator has connected with Old Dominion University. However, Sentara Leigh will accept students from other colleges or universities, as well.

What are the program objectives? 

To develop a program that meets the individual needs of the college student.
To develop a program that provides needed service to the hospital.
To develop a program that enables the college student to build lasting relationships with other volunteers, staff and patients.
To develop an opportunity for learning how hospitals operate and to work in a hospital environment.
To expose the volunteer to the opportunities in healthcare.

Where can I volunteer?

Volunteering opportunities include, but are not limited to College Students - Sentara Leigh Volunteersthe following areas:
Ambulatory surgery center
Breast center
Emergency department
Information desk
Nursing units
Physical therapy
Surgery waiting room
Volunteer office

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in being a part of our pilot program, we welcome you. Please fill out: 

College volunteer application
Volunteer information sheet

The college volunteer program brochure outlines the program requirements.

Submit these documents to or call (757) 261-8085 for more information.

Once your paperwork is received, you will be contacted for an interview.

When are applications due and what are the program dates?

Winter 2014 Session
Dates: Jan. 27 - April 18
Application due: Dec. 20
Orientation: TBD

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