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Are you interested in working with hospitalized children? Child Life is looking for individuals to lead activity groups and work bedside with patients.

We are looking for motivated individuals who are willing to come in at least three hours a week for the entire semester. If you are a student, we are looking for a multiple semester commitment. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

What we are looking for:

  • Play experience with children (i.e. summer camp counselor, sports coach, nannying, youth groups, boys/girls club, etc.)
  • Creativity and adaptability to work with hospitalized children with varying abilities
  • Ability to work independently with supervision as necessary
  • Teamwork with other volunteers and child life staff
  • Consistency in attendance
  • Professional communication with staff and patient families

Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Follow infection control guidelines to clean toys and maintain playrooms
  • Provide developmentally appropriate toys and activities to pediatric patients
  • Engage children in bedside activity sessions
  • Lead group play sessions and supervise special event groups in the playroom
  • Assist the child life staff with any other needs

Step 1 – Apply

Summer 2024 applications are closed. Fall 2024 applications will tentatively open on July 22. The date is subject to change.

Step 2 – Interview

  • You will be notified by Child Life staff whether you have been accepted for an interview or not.
  • If you have been accepted for an interview, you will receive instructions on how to reserve an interview spot. All interviews are in-person. If you are late to the interview, you may not be considered.
  • Volunteer interview dress code is business casual or your volunteer uniform (volunteer assigned polo shirt, name tag, and khaki pants).
  • You will be notified by Child Life staff if you have been accepted as a volunteer in the program, and Volunteer Services will be in contact with you to schedule your shift.


UF students, staff, and faculty may NOT park in UF Health visitor garages and should use their regular method of getting to campus (decal parking, bus, bike, and/or scooter).

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