VOLUNTEER SERVICES ORGANIZATION

FAQs

FAQ No.QuestionAnswer
1 Who can join VSO?Students, Staffs & their family members, Local people in and around, i.e. anyone who is interested to devote his/her time to render selfless service can join VSO. No criteria for joining VSO required except for your willingness to work towards the betterment of society and to Be The Change You Want To Be.
2 How are you benefited by joining VSO?Satisfaction that you get when you do something for Humanity. Experience of being part of a community event and chance to organize events will help you build up experience for your future.
3 When to join VSO?We welcome volunteers throughout the year to join us. The sooner you join the more time will you get to work with us, and we with you.
4 How to become a registered volunteer of VSO?Sign up in the VSO webpage and fill in all the details of the registration form. Submit the form (including a passport photo) and you will receive your temporary VSO Id number. Once your form is verified and approved by the Chief Coordinator you will receive an intimation mail with your permanent VSO Id number. There is NO Registration fees to join VSO
5 Is there any id card for a volunteer?YES. Once your registration is approved by Chief Coordinator and you get a permanent VSO ID number then you are eligible to receive a VSO ID card. Take a copy of your passport photo and visit Office of Director of Student Affairs, manipal.edu to collect your ID card. Without passport photo no ID card can be issued.
6 How I can purchase VSO t-shirt?Prior intimation is send to all the volunteers when the VSO T-shirts are available. Volunteer can collect the VSO T-shirt by paying the nominal fees. For more information contact the We Care student Coordinator.
7 How to participate in VSO project?Every Monday projects will be uploaded in the website. Sign in using your user id and password and register for the project of your interest. You can register for only one project in a week and registration is first cum first serve basis.
8 Can I participate in a project if my registration is not verified/approved?NO. You cannot participate in a project until your registration is verified and approved as you need to register for the projects online. Once you upload all the necessary details properly it will take maximum 7 days to approve your registration.
9 Can I participate in a project if Id card is not issued to me?NO. Volunteers need to carry their VSO Id cards during the participation of projects.
10 How can I cancel my name from a project for which I have already registered for a week?VSO requests its volunteers to participate in the project for which they have registered. But in case of genuine reasons they can withdraw their names. Option is given online. But volunteer has to intimate the weekly coordinator by Saturday so that someone else can participate in the project.
11 What will happen if I don’t participate in the project even after registering for that project?Every week only a few volunteers get a chance to participate in VSO project as there is a huge pool of volunteers. VSO requests its volunteers to participate in the project for which they have registered. In case you don’t participate in a project without prior intimation to the weekly coordinator your name will be noted and if such incidents happen for more than 3 times you will not allowed to participate in future project till the Chief Coordinator permits.
12 How attendance is recorded for a project?Attendance for every program will be taken on the day of the project by the weekly coordinator of that week. The number of hours will reflect in your account within the next 7 days.
13 How to check my attendance status?Your attendance status will be automatically reflected in your account.
14 What shall I do if my attendance is not given?Your attendance will be credited within 7 days and it should reflect in your account. In case attendance is not given contact the respective weekly coordinator to claim your attendance.
15 Do I get a bonafide letter for being a volunteer of VSO?NO separate letter is issued by VSO as a proof of being a VSO volunteer. The VSO Id card is a sufficient proof that you are a volunteer of VSO.
16 Do I get a certificate for volunteering?YES. VSO gives you a certificate at the completion of your course, however you can apply anytime. But only one certificate is issued to a volunteer during the entire tenure of his/her course. But you should complete a minimum of 28 hours of volunteer service to be eligible to receive a certificate. To recognize the volunteers work there are three types of certificates depending upon the number of hours of service they have completed. It is named as Bronze (28-49 hr), Silver (50-74 hr) and Gold (Above 75 hr).
17 How to apply for VSO certificate?Only one certificate is issued to a volunteer during the entire tenure of his/her course. You can apply online for a certificate via your account, only after completion of minimum 28 hours
18 How much time it will take to get a VSO certificate?It will take maximum 14 working days to issue a certificate after it has been approved by Chief Coordinator. Certificate can be collected from Office of Director of Student Affairs, manipal.edu.