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Hi guys,

I'm about to start applying to schools soon and there is something about showcasing volunteer experience that's been bothering me a bit.

How exactly do you 'prove' your volunteer experience? I have quite a fair bit of volunteer experience in the past however I don't necessarily have any documentation for it.

Do business schools require some sort of documentation to prove your volunteer experience? Or do they reach out to the organizations you were volunteering for?

It's been quite a while since I volunteered for some places and I'm worried if I showcase my experience and the schools ask for some sort of documentation, it's something I should be prepared for.

Folks who have applied before, how exactly does this work?

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Can you not ask the employers at your volunteering organization to provide you with a certificate or a document on the organization's letterhead stating your position and time at the workplace? I work with a lot of volunteers and a lot of them ask me for a written reference.
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New post 12 Oct 2015, 04:34
Hello,

Thanks for the reply. I guess I could get it and it shouldn't be a problem. However, most of it is spread over various years and various countries and tracking down people and getting it together could take a while. So I just wanted to ask other applicants whether a written certificate or letter is something that B-schools require as part of the application to prove the experience; so I have an idea how much time account for this during the admissions cycle.

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New post 12 Oct 2015, 05:54
Similar question was asked to ISB adcom during recent ISB live chat. ISB adcom made it clear that they don't need any proofs of volunteer work and that applicants should just write about it in the application. Not sure if other schools have the same policy, but I would probably ask the schools directly whether they need proofs.

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I think that volunteer experience may be verified during some of the background checks after acceptance but prior to matriculation.

That being said, the person doing my background check simply asked for the name of a person to verify your experience, you can preface it by letting them know it has been a few years and so that person may no longer be there or exactly remember your exact participation.
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New post 24 Oct 2015, 00:01
Thank you Narenn and dtse86. This is helpful.
Just wanted to add that I checked with SDA Bocconi on this and they have said they do not require such documents. Hope someone else will find this info helpful in the future.

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