What Does a Volunteer Do?

A significant factor in the success of this program is the commitment and talents of our Cruise Leader Volunteers. Our volunteers, ranging in age from teens to seniors, give thousands of hours each season, working with students onboard the education vessel.

Each volunteer receives 18–24 hours of training before being certified as a Cruise Leader. They also receive a training manual and have access to videos of each activity in order to learn more about the program and shipboard activities.

As they continue their volunteer service, they can move up to Mariner and Master Mariner by attending additional educational programs sponsored by Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) during the year.

In addition our volunteers are certified MSU Extension as Gold or Silver Volunteers through our Volunteer Selection Process. The application process found on MSU Extension Volunteer Central. Because safety is our No. 1 priority, we are committed to a thorough Volunteer Selection Process that can include an application, national and state background checks, references, an interview and online training modules. There is no charge to you as a volunteer for these background checks or the selection process.

Please contact glep@msu.edu for more information.