Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment?
A time commitment of 16 hours per month is requested of MAPS volunteers. Every month, each MAPS volunteer is assigned to 8 different units throughout the hospital. The hours should be equally divided such that volunteers spend 2 hours per unit. These hours are meant to ensure sufficient data can be gathered on all units and that our volunteers gain maximum exposure to the different departments within the hospital.
Note also that a minimum commitment of 3 quarters (about 1 year) is also expected. Onboarding and training new volunteers requires considerable time and effort on the part of the Department of Nursing and MAPS leadership team.
Do I need to be a UCLA student in order to volunteer for MAPS?
No, our program is open to volunteers from all over the greater Los Angeles area.
How long does it take for me to complete the whole application cycle + training?
The whole application, interview, and onboarding process may take up to 8-10 weeks.
When can I apply?
Please refer to Application Process tab to see when our next recruitment cycle will be.
I am currently volunteering for another volunteer program in UCLA Health, can I apply to this program?
You may only apply to this program if you have completed or are close to completing the time requirements for your current program. We do not allow you to participate concurrently with another volunteer program.
How is MAPS different than the other volunteer programs?
The MAPS Program is very unique because you will not be confined to one department in the Ronald Reagan Medical Center. You will have the opportunity to observe members of the care team including attendings, residents, nurses, care partners, patient transport, and more. In addition, our program is also unique with regards to its flexibility. Our volunteers do not have shifts and can volunteer any day of the week, at any time (with the exception of 11 pm. to 5 am. for safety reasons).