President’s Volunteer Service Awards

What is it?

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a prestigious award, and is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States. The award recognizes the best in the American spirit, and encourages all Americans (and residents) to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation.

Education, Travel & Culture is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. ETC offers host families and ETC staff the opportunity to earn this award each year.

How it works?

The PVSA recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of services over a 12-month time period. Recipients earning this distinction receive a PVSA pin, a certificate of achievement signed by the President and a congratulatory letter from the President. Awards may be showcased on college applications.

There are three levels based on the volunteer’s age and the number of hours earned during a one year period. Recipients can earn more than one level of the Award within 12 months.

Also, all Award recipients receive a personalized certificate of achievement, a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States, a congratulatory letter from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, and an official President’s Award pin.

Hours by Awards

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“ETC host families and siblings can earn the PVSA by hosting an ETC exchange student for 5 or 10 months”

– Brenda (Field Director

Steps to follow

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Become a host Family

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Let your LC or Fm know that your family wants to participate in the program

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ETC will take care of the rest!


To earn an Award, individuals, families, and groups must keep a record of volunteer activities and hours served.

Activities may be kept as a diary or calendar, or tracked online at

Each volunteer must submit a record of service to a registered Certifying Organization, which will review and verify the record and distribute the Award. Nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, schools and colleges, membership and trade associations, and federal, state, or local government agencies can serve as Certifying Organizations.

While almost all volunteer service contributes to eligibility for the Award, volunteers are encouraged to participate in service that addresses particular areas of need in our Nation. Priority areas include youth achievement, parks and open spaces, healthy communities, public safety, and emergency response. Activities should be unpaid and may not include court-ordered community service.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation

President George W. Bush created the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 to help recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to our Nation. Chaired by two-time Super Bowl champion Darrell Green, with former U.S. Senators Robert Dole and John Glenn serving as honorary co-chairs, the Council includes leaders from government, business, media, entertainment, education, and nonprofit, volunteer service and community organizations.








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