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Collegiate Volunteer Program Deemed a Success

By Michelle Farr, EAA 1103304, HR Business Partner

September 2015 - EAA’s Collegiate Volunteer Program provided college-age aviation enthusiasts a pathway to the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration. A total of 94 students traveled from 37 colleges and universities from across the United States, as well as Brazil and Jamaica, to volunteer at a variety of locations throughout the week. Some areas the volunteers experienced were the North 40 and Vintage Flightline Operations, Departure Briefing, Plaza, and Pathway’s Pavilion. The program allowed for flexible scheduling and brought in 2,028 hours of volunteerism.

One of the volunteers shared the experience: “As a first-time collegiate volunteer, an international student, and an enthusiastic aviator, the experience received at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 was wonderful. I met many wonderful, warm people that came together for a beautiful cause. Diverse backgrounds, friendly, and a well-organized event made the experience worthwhile. Working at the Vintage Flightline was great! I learned a lot, from being a cross walk guard to working on the flightline safety. Having front-row seats to events and tours makes it even better! Rewarding, fun, energetic, inspiring, meaningful...”

EAA is excited to expand this program and provide an experience of a lifetime to more collegiate students! Watch for more details on the Collegiate Volunteer Program for next year on the website. Applications will be accepted starting in April.

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