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Community Service

think globally, act locally!

All students at GPA are encouraged to perform 30 hours of community service during each school year per the GPA Charter. Community service is a donated service or activity performed by someone in order to make a difference for an individual person, a given group, or the greater community. The purpose of community service is to embrace our Schoolwide Learning Outcomes (SLOs), meet our IB eligibility criteria, get involved, contribute, and be engaged in the community!

Service Guidelines
  1. Students may choose many different types of community service. The type of service that a student chooses to complete will involve giving of time to the community or school.

  2. Students should keep a record of community service on the designated Community Service Forms and submit them to the appropriate person.

  3. All community service hours must be completed during the school year.*

  4. Students will be informed of community service opportunities, but are also expected to seek out other opportunities.

  5. The chosen service must be for someone outside of the immediate family and the form must be signed off by that third-person.

*For additional please review the Student Handbook.

teachers and students beach clean up
FALL Service opportunities

Fall Fun Festival Volunteers Needed - Middle School & High School Students

Where: Brengle Terrace Park (Alta Vista Gardens at the top of the hill)

When: October 12, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm.  Volunteer hours are from 9 am to 4:30 pm for set-up and clean up.

They will be celebrating fall with a scarecrow contest, crafts, food, games and music. When you have a moment, there are 14 acres to roam filled with gardens loaded with rare plants, sculptures and water features.

Sign up in the library today!

Equestrian Volunteers

Volunteers assist with our Therapeutic Riding Program as well as the care, grooming and exercise of our horses. Our volunteers are how we are able to do what we do for the children and Ivey Ranch Park. Volunteers not only help care for the horses, but help our riders have their riding experience. Volunteers help to guide the horse and balance the rider. If you have any time on your weekends or afternoons, we could use your help. It is a great way to help a child, get some horse time, and can be a chance for the family to do something together.

Equestrian volunteers must complete an application and a two-hour orientation prior to participating in the program.

Volunteer orientation dates for 2019

  •  September 7

  • October 26

Orientations are held from 1:00-2:30 pm at Ivey Ranch, at the horses. Attending an orientation is required to work with the Horses and Therapy programs. Volunteers must be at least 9 years old.  No Horse experience necessary. Please wear pants or jeans and closed-toe shoes. Volunteer


Alta Vista Garden Fall Fun Festival Celebration

October 12th, 2019

10:00 – 3:00 (with before and after hour setup and cleanup times available for volunteers)

We need students to sign up for shifts or all day.

Also, we need a few older students to help with setup starting at 9:00 am,

and cleanup at the end, which could take until 4:30 pm.

For more information, visit Alta Vista Garden and look for Fall Fun Festival event. 

Please sign-up in the library. 

San Diego North County Bike MS Volunteers Needed

Sat Oct 19 - 20, 2019

Bike MS is a huge two day event on October 20 & 21 from Irvine to San Diego. We need volunteers at many locations in SD North County on both Saturday and Sunday. Please help us, you will have a lot of fun.

Many opportunities available from 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM.

Register online and explore Bike MS website 

City Encourages Students to Serve on City Commissions

The City of Vista encourages students to get involved and make a difference in their community by applying to serve on one of the City’s Commissions. 

Students must be in grades 9 through 12 during the 2019/20 school year.

  • Two student commissioner positions are open for a one-year term on each of the following Commissions: Community Safety, Parks & Recreation, Planning, and Public Arts. 

  • Eleven student positions are available to serve a one or two-year term on the Vista Youth Commission.

  • The deadline to apply for these openings varies.

Contact Information: Please call the Vista City Clerk at 760.639.6125.  

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Ongoing Opportunities

Wounded Warrior Homes

Wounded Warrior Homes is a grassroots charitable non-profit chartered to provide transitional housing to single post-9/11 combat veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). We are citizens, like you, who deeply care about our nation and appreciate the sacrifices of those who have served in armed conflict to protect our country, our nation’s interests, our people and those in other nations.

Consider joining the Wounded Warrior Homes’ team as a corporate sponsor, volunteer or donor.


Forgotten Paws Animal Rescue

Petco- Carlsbad

We have a need for dog walkers, booth help, short term fosters, and networking of our very adaptable small dogs.

Volunteers are the key puzzle piece to saving these very special lives.

We love our fosters and are there for you 24/7.

Forgotten Paws Animal Rescue

Host an International Student


ETC is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to promoting world peace and understanding through intercultural education and student exchange.

ETC accepts highly qualified and carefully screened students from over 20 countries around the world.

ETC is dedicated to promoting world peace through developing, sponsoring and bringing together foreign teens with volunteer American host families.

For that reason, we are seeking host families and community representatives to assist us in this mission.



Oceanside Libraries

We have volunteer opportunities at all of our locations.

Library Volunteer

Volunteers in the library must be 14 years of age or older. Training will be provided.

Green Oceanside Events

Opportunities to volunteer for Green Oceanside events and programs are available! Please email the Green Oceanside team to inquire about upcoming volunteer opportunities. In your email, please indicate your interests (Clean Up event; Earth Month activities; Recycling support and outreach; Donate First Day events; Water Conservation activities, etc.).


 Vista Libraries

  • The minimum age to volunteer is 12. Parents need to sign a parental permission form for volunteers between the ages of 12 and 17.

  • A background check is required of all volunteers.

  • A medical exam may be required for some volunteers, based on duties assigned.

  • Live Scan fingerprinting may be required based on volunteering location.

Staff will do their best to match your interests and talents with current needs. Volunteers receive orientation and training. Expect a busy staff and sometimes unspoken, but always heartfelt thanks for your commitment to your community.

For further information and referral about the library's volunteer program, please contact your local branch library.


Teen Leadership L.I.V.E. Program

City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation Division of the Neighborhood Services

Teen leadership opportunities are available through our teen programs and the Jr. Camp Counselor program.

This is ideal for high school students looking for Community Service hours for classroom credit and for job experience and mentorship.

Parents, please note that, as a leadership learning opportunity, it is part of the experience for teens to inquire, coordinate, and schedule their own commitment.

Vista Community Clinic

1000 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista, CA  92084

We invite you to partner with us by volunteering at VCC. This is an excellent way to give back to your community, meet new people, learn new skills and gain work experience. Volunteers work in various VCC departments including administration, the Teen Clinic and health promotion programs.

Call (760) 631-5000; option 4, then option 1.

An application, TB test and orientation attendance are required.

Hooves Hope and Love

Look up on Facebook for the volunteer opportunities - Hooves Hope and Love

Come one! Come all! It’s that time again to spruce up the farm!  We have weeds to pick, a horse and a few pigs to brush, stalls to muck, and hugs to give!  Please wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Please note:  Children under 18 years of age cannot be “dropped off”. A parent must be with their child(ren) at all times.  And, parking is tight. So, please park on the street and walk down to the farm.

Operation HOPE – Vista

Operation HOPE-Vista believes a good education is vital to curbing the cycle of homelessness. After School Club tutors support our youngest clients in their scholastic efforts. Our tutors provide support and guidance to each child and often are able to help parents discover new techniques to help their children on their own. All children are required to attend After School Club with activities that range from homework and reading assistance to educational games.

Service Companion Dogs of America

SCDOA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created to help individuals who could benefit from the assistance of a Service Dog. We provide highly trained dogs, free of charge, as well as guidance and education to the recipient on how to utilize and interact with the dog. We also provide free educational programs to the general public in order to promote awareness of the importance and responsibilities associated with Service Dogs. If you’d like to volunteer, please go to their website to fill out the application.

Therapy Dogs International

Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed.

Pet Partners

Touching lives and improving health through the power of therapy animals. One of the best things about Pet Partners is that while dogs make up 94% of the teams in our Therapy Animal Program, we also welcome friendly, well-behaved cats, horses, birds, pigs, llamas & alpacas, rabbits, rats, and guinea pigs!

If you’d like to learn how to be a volunteer, please go to their website. Pet Partners

The Crayon Initiative

Whether you’re local or on the other side of the world, there is a spectrum of opportunities for you to volunteer your time and services to The Crayon Initiative. The Crayon Initiative also partners with a variety of community interest groups, youth clubs and Boy and Girl Scout troops. Please consider contacting a local organization near you to organize a collection campaign.