Valor offers service opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally with faith-based organizations whose primary focus is serving poor and marginalized communities around the globe.
Students can serve locally for a few hours at a time or participate in a Discovery Experience trip domestically or overseas. Our Discovery Experience trips last anywhere from a few days to two weeks, and all require that a baseline number of service hours have been completed locally.
Service hours must be fulfilled with Christian faith-based organizations. Service opportunities include but are not limited to:
- Volunteer work with local partners, including pre-approved partners and ministries
- All local, national and international Discovery Experiences
- Featured group and individual service opportunities
- Pre-approved volunteer work at Valor that supports our vision and mission, without receiving financial compensation, academic credit or dual service hour credits
Students serve a minimum of 25 approved hours per enrollment year for a total of 100 service hours required for graduation. Discovery partners strictly with faith-based organizations which serve the poor and marginalized and will only approve service hours which meet this requirement. During the summer months which precede the start of the academic year, incoming freshmen and transfer students may begin fulfilling service hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Through the Discovery program, students gain a new understanding of God and the world as they experience diverse cultures, apply lessons from the classroom, and come alongside families marginalized by poverty. As students serve, they develop Christ-like compassion and generosity that shapes them for life.
Discovery sent more than 400 students on 29 teams across the state, the nation and the world in 2019. From 2008 to today, more than 3,200 students have served on 168 experiences to 35 countries on 6 continents.
How many Discovery service hours are received for each Discovery experience?
Discovery Experience trips provide Valor students with approximately 15-40 service hours, depending on the length and nature of the experience.
How do students fund their experience?
Students typically fund Discovery Experience trips through support letters, our Taste of Discovery fundraising event, and general team fundraising opportunities. Students who are unable to meet financial goals may be considered for scholarship assistance after diligently pursuing all fundraising opportunities.
How do I access a Discovery Experience team blog?
How can I support Valor Discovery?
You can give a general gift to support our program, or you can donate to a Discovery Experience team or a specific student.