Basma Serag


This qualitative study aims to identify the motivations and constraints that undergraduate students experience in volunteering in different student-run organizations. The study applies models of volunteer function inventory and leisure constraints to the Egyptian context with focus on one private not-for-profit institution. The study highlighted the pivotal role of educational institutions in encouraging and implementing campus-based volunteering activities among students. The study identifies three groups of motivational factors to student volunteerism in this context: social motivation; personal enhancement; and career motivations. The study also identifies three constraints to student volunteerism. These refer to structural constraints; intrapersonal constraints; and interpersonal constraints. The study concludes with policy recommendations to increase and encourage student campus-based volunteerism in Egypt involving the Ministry of Higher Education, university administrations, and civil society organizations.


Public Policy & Administration Department

Degree Name

MA in Public Policy

Graduation Date


Submission Date

May 2017

First Advisor

Barsoum, Ghada

Committee Member 1

Karini, Artan

Committee Member 2

Abdelhalim, Khaled


62 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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I would like to express my deepest and most sincere gratitude to my thesis advisor Dr. Ghada Barsoum, for her support in writing this thesis as well as her encouragement and support for pushing me to pursue this degree from the beginning. I would like to also express my appreciation for the Public Policy and Administration department at the American University in Cairo for their support, and great opportunities presented from all faculty and staff members. I would like to specifically thank my thesis readers, Dr. Artan Karini and Dr. Khaled Abdelhalim for the time and effort put into giving me feedback and helping me make this a better piece. I am grateful for my biggest supporters and the ones that believe in me the most, my parents, and my two brothers. Thankful for all the love and support from my friends and colleges; Farah, Sara, Dina, Nervana and Manar. Thank you for bearing with me.