FAQ

Questions about volunteering on the psychedelic peer support line

How many Psychedelic Peer Support Line volunteers will Fireside Project be hiring?

About 60. We will hire additional volunteers as demand dictates.

Is there an age requirement?

You must be 18 or older.

Are there any other requirements for being a Psychedelic Peer Support Line volunteer?

  • You must be willing to work the same four-hour shift every week for one year.
  • You must be in a quiet location for your shift.
  • You must have a computer, cell phone, and fast internet
  • You must speak and write English fluently.

Are Psychedelic Peer Support Line volunteers paid?

No.

Are on-call supervisors paid?

Not at this time. But we do hope to pay supervisors at some point in the future depending on our success with fundraising.

Are the shift times listed on the website and application Pacific Standard Time?

Yes.

What is the weekly time commitment for on-call supervisors?

One six-hour shift per week.

Can I apply for multiple positions at Fireside Project?

Yes.

Can volunteers live outside of the United States?

Yes.

Can volunteers on the Psychedelic Peer Support Line swap shifts with other volunteers?

Only in extenuating circumstances, such as sickness and vacation. Because volunteers will be making weekly follow-up calls to clients, it’s important for clients to be able to rely on receiving calls at the same approximate time each week.

What will your process for selecting volunteers look like?

To select volunteers, we’ll read all the applications, interview applicants, check references, and conduct background checks.

Anything you can recommend to increase our chance in being selected?

Prior experience providing peer support is a plus. We’ll also look for people who have done their own inner work, whether in therapy or in other contexts, and have answered the application questions thoughtfully, honestly, and authentically. Previous experience with cultivating mindfulness, presence, and strong communication skills are also a plus.

Can volunteers on the Psychedelic Peer Support Line choose to respond only to text messages, and not take phone calls?

Not at this point. Volunteers need to respond to phone calls, text messages, and live chats as needed.

Will Fireside Project eventually provide scholarships?

We hope to! Depending on our fundraising success, we will be launching the Fireside Equity Fund, which will help pay for volunteers who complete their one-year commitment to attend graduate school in a psychedelic-related field.

Does time spent working for the Psychedelic Peer Support Line, either as a volunteer or supervisor, count towards my MFT hours requirement?

Not at this time, but we hope to offer that soon.

Can individuals calling in to the Psychedelic Peer Support Line express a preference for a volunteer with certain characteristics? For example, can clients request a BIPOC or LGBTQIA+ volunteer?

Yes. We will do our best to honor those requests.

Can clients request specific volunteers?

Yes. We will do our best to honor those requests.

Is the Psychedelic Peer Support Line free?

Yes.

But how is this possible?

Through tax-deductible donations, which you can make here!

Can clients to the Psychedelic Peer Support Line live outside of the United States?

Not at first, but we plan to quickly expand to other countries.

Do you have any sense of how big the demand for this service currently is during the pandemic?

We believe the demand is high! Calls to one national emotional distress hotline are up 1000% during the pandemic. And access to psychedelics is expanding as more jurisdictions decriminalize their use.

How long will calls to the Psychedelic Peer Support Line typically be?

Call duration will depend on numerous factors including call volume, the number of volunteers on each shift, and whether the client is in crisis.

What platform will be used to communicate with clients?

We’re building our custom platform that will be HIPAA compliant.

Why are people who reach out to the Psychedelic Peer Support Line called clients?

We’re open to hearing other suggestions! We can’t use the word “callers” since people can also reach out to the line through text and live chat. We’ve considered the words “explorer” and “voyager.” If you have suggestions, please email us at info@firesideproject.org.

Does Fireside Project have a brick-and-mortar location? Is the intention to have one eventually?

We do not have a brick-and-mortar location, and we intend to always remain fully remote.

Do you have suggestions for books we should read to prepare us for being a Psychedelic Peer Support Line volunteer?

Yes! We love “The Stormy Search for the Self” by Christina and Stan Grof, and “How Can I Help?” by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman.

Questions about fireside ambassadors

What is the difference between a Psychedelic Peer Support Line volunteer and a Fireside Ambassador?

Psychedelic Peer Support Line volunteers staff the Psychedelic Peer Support Line. Fireside Ambassadors do not staff the line. They will help get the word out about the line by building relationships with organizations across the country. Both are volunteer positions.

Can Fireside Ambassadors fulfill their five to ten hour weekly time commitment on their own schedules? Or is there a fixed schedule?

There are no fixed schedules or shifts for Fireside Ambassadors.

Are Fireside Ambassadors paid?

No.