In July Peace Corps announced historic changes to its application process. The online form is doable in under an hour; you can help choose the country you’d like to volunteer in (there are still no guarantees) and what you’d like to do there; and you’ll hear within a year about that acceptance.
By spending two years in a foreign country — often living with host families — PCVs become immersed in ways unheard of when travelling as a tourist. You’ll experience day-to-day living first hand, from the highs to the lows.
Immersion naturally means volunteers speak that country’s language (that can mean drilling down to region-specific dialects). Yes, it’s a challenge, but once selected, PCVs undergo a two- to three-month training period during which they receive intensive language instruction from native speakers as well as technical details about their volunteering duties.
Not convinced yet??
Come out to an event next week with a PEACE CORPS RECRUITER on Tuesday, April 21st
Where: McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 219
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Check out this article on how to include your social impact in your Linkedin profile and the benefits of doing so: http://blog.linkedin.com/2015/02/10/10-million-professionals-on-linkedin-make-social-impact-part-of-their-identity/
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Engage Chicago is an eight-week summer field study program that gives bright undergraduates from across the nation a chance to live, work, serve and learn together in this remarkable city, amidst a rich history and culture of civic engagement. The innovative program model deliberately combines academic coursework, placements at top community organizations/civic institutions, and powerful community experiences — all under the guidance of expert Northwestern faculty, staff and community mentors.
Through hands-on experience, thoughtful reflection, and a summer living with a vibrant community of peers, Engage Chicago is designed to be a powerful opportunity for students to learn about a great city, about social change, and about themselves.
Follow this link for more information on how to apply: http://www.engage.northwestern.edu/ec/?utm_source=CCE+MAILING+LIST&utm_campaign=6db7b3607f-EC_external_gen_blast_1-13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_08998a988c-6db7b3607f-
The world is full of problems. GlobalGiving is full of solutions. Solutions run by innovative, grassroots projects and organizations that are working to educate children, feed the hungry, build houses, train women (and men) with job skills, and hundreds of other amazing things. Check out GlobalGiving’s different internship opportunities in East Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America!
They are looking for some amazing people to join their team (follow this link to learn more: our team )so that they can help even more people, projects, and communities around the world achieve their goals.
Interested in getting involved at a local level? Attend the MiddAction Fair this Tuesday, September 16th 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to engage in the local community. Whether you are a first year just arriving on campus or a senior looking for additional experience before graduation, this fair will have something for everyone.
Representatives from over 50 community non-profits and student organizations will be at the Fair to speak with students and share opportunities. Organizations attending include:
· Addison County Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
· Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN)
· Addison Central Supervisory Union English Language Learners
· Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR)
· Better Middlebury Partnership
· Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA)
· Charter House Coalition
· John W. Graham Emergency Shelter
· Living Well, A Community Care Home
· Open Door Clinic
· Project Independence / Elderly Services, Inc.
· The Willowell Foundation
If you cannot make the MiddAction Fair, but still want to get involved with an organization or have questions, contact Quanteshia Tennyson ’14, Poverty Initiatives Coordinator, qtennyson[at]middlebury.edu, 802.443.5113.
The Kibbutz Program Center (KPC), a part of an Israeli organization called Ameinu, has many service-based programs in Israel for young adults looking to travel to Israel and get involved in social justice!
Check out the opportunities featured below! You can also visit the Kibbutz Program Center webpage to browse for more programs.
Achvat Amim – Solidarity of Nations is a framework for meaningful engagement with leading Israeli social justice organizations in and around Jerusalem. Achvat Amim focuses on developing practical skills in community development and education through intensive volunteer projects and engaging with social change and human rights movements. By renewing the conversation on Jewish Peoplehood and Zionism for the 21st century, participants can explore and help shape Jewish culture and identity for themselves and the Jewish people. Click here for more information on Achvat Amim.
The Intensive Arabic Semester Program offers a holistic approach to language learning, coexistence work, and inter-community volunteering between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs. During the course of the five-month program, our students learn Hebrew, standard and spoken Arabic, and Israeli and Middle Eastern History. Students experience Israeli Kibbutz life while simultaneously being immersed in the local Arab culture through volunteering, field trips, and home stay families. The program is administered by Givat Haviva and now is accredited by the Al Qasemi Academic College of Education. For the first time we are also offering a six-week Intensive Spoken Arabic course at Givat Haviva. Click here for more information about the Intensive Arabic Program.
The Lotan Center for Creative Ecology offers short and long-term hands-on opportunity at Kibbutz Lotan to allow anyone to discover the challenges involved with the design, building and running of sustainable communities, linking together ecological, social, economical and spiritual aspects into a unified whole. Practical skills are developed through hands-on work in our environmental education center, organic gardens, alternative/natural building projects and the Lotan Nature and Migratory Bird Reserve, complemented by theoretical sessions in topics such as ecological design, permaculture and sustainability. Practical work includes: Organic gardening, natural & alternative building with mud, straw and straw bales, tires and recycled waste, creative recycling – creating art and usable objects with discarded materials, expansion, maintenance and running of the Center for Creative Ecology, development and upkeep of the nature reserve and nature trails, setting up workshops for educational tour groups, and more. Click here for more information about the Lotan Center for Creative Ecology.
iTrack – Build Your OWN Experience – For participants interested in creating their own social justice experience in Israel, we offer iTrack – The Build Your OWN Experience program. Our knowledgeable KPC staff works one-on-one to help each applicant create a personalized 4-10 month Israel experience. Each program is uniquely built by and for the participants allowing them to engage with the Israeli social justice struggles that best fit their values and interests. Click here for more information about iTrack.
Citizen Film is a non-profit organization in San Francisco, California that produces documentaries. Check out the Citizen Film Home page for more information on the organization.
Citizen Film Mission: “Citizen Film Inc. is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to crafting documentary stories with care and dignity. We collaborate with cultural institutions and community organizations to create films and online media that foster active engagement in cultural and civic life.”
Internship Program: Citizen Film has an unpaid internship program. Interns must be available to work for at least 20 hrs/week for a minimum of 3 months. Check out the Citizen Film Internship page for more information on the position and how to apply.
What is my education worth? How will I take it with me when I leave? Why did I come here?
What is this all for?
Come hear from Middlebury alum, Dan Murphy ‘11, Youth Programs & Outreach Associate in Community Engagement, about ways that you can translate mentorship as a meaning-making tool for the liberal arts.
WHEN: Monday, February 17th, 2014 @ 7:00 P.M.
LOCATION: Hillcrest 103 -The Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center
The MiddView program is seeking Middlebury students who are involved in student organizations on campus, so they can share with first year students their own experience of getting involved. Ideally, they can place student organization leaders on trips that could potentially connect with the mission and objective of their student organization, so leaders can make connections with first year students interested in similar topics as their organizations. There are 3 trip types to choose from including Community Engagement Trips, Vermont Explorations Trips and Wilderness Explorations Trips. See what kind of trips we ran last year here! Apply to be MiddView Trip Leaders here!
Applications are due Monday, February 10th and students can apply by visiting go/lead. If your organization would like to be more closely linked to a trip by working to create a themed trip, or sponsoring an activity during one of the trips, please email areinhardt[at]middlebury.edu, or mention it in your application!
Thank you for forwarding this opportunity onto other club members!
APPLY TO BE A MIDDIVEW TRIP LEADER
Orientation Trips Coordinator
14 Old Chapel Road
Repair the World is on a quest to find courageous, compassionate go-getters who are eager to commit to a year of service in their community, developing partnerships with local organizations doing great work and rallying local volunteers to do even more. Repair the World Fellows will focus on a range of issues, including education, poverty, sustainability, and hunger.
Yahel Social Change Program is a unique 9-month service learning experience for young adults between the ages of 21 and 27. The program, located inn Gedera, Israel, combines hands-on volunteer work with in-depth learning and immersion. Yahel participants explore Israel by living, learning and volunteering alongside their peers from the local Ethiopian Israeli community. Yahel and its participants make meaningful contributions to Israeli society by working in collaboration with Friends by Nature – an Israeli grassroots organization working in the Ethiopian community in the fields of community empowerment and education.
Contact Midd Alum Hannah Stonebreaker with questions hannahstonebreake[at]gmail.com
The Charter House winter housing facility that serves as an emergency home staffed 24/7 by trained volunteers who provide a warm, welcoming environment for families in stress. Attend this training to learn more about volunteering at the Charter House over J-Term and Spring Semester. Contact Charlotte Zelle, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Wednesday, January 16, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Ross Seminar Room B11
Apply to participate in the student-led MAlt trips over February Break. This year’s there are five trips :
The application- see attached Intro to MAlt 2012-2013 and Participant application 2013!—is due by Wednesday, October 10th at 5:00 pm to Ashley Calkins in Room 210 of the Center for Education in Action (EIA) on the second floor of Adirondack House.
Interested in volunteering in Africa? Want to learn more about the global water crisis? Looking for experience working in the field?
The CWS Fellowship Program is a three-week water education and leadership training experience in Northern Region Ghana. The purpose of the program is to teach individuals about the global water crisis, and inspire them to become leaders in the field of international development.
Fellows are grouped in teams of four and paired with a rural community in Northern Region Ghana. On the ground, teams are first trained in water quality testing, and the CWS water treatment methods. They then spend two and a half weeks in the field implementing and monitoring a CWS water business in their village. By the end of the 3 week program, each team will have provided a permanent source of safe drinking water for an entire community (approximately 500~1,000 people)!
Check out the info session on Friday at 12:30 in The Orchard, Hillcrest 103 hosted by Middlebury students who have participated in the program–they can answer all your questions. And remember–if you are accepted to the program, you can apply for summer internship funding at go/summerfunding!
As part of the 23rd Annual Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish Studies titled: “Global Hunger 2011 and our Role as Global Citizens”, guest lecturer, Ruth Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service, will hold a Career Conversation on global social justice issues on Thursday, February 24th at 7:30 PM at the Brainerd Commons House (132 Blinn Lane). All students welcome!
Some background on Ruth Messinger:
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Thinking about studying abroad or pursuing international service work, research, internship, or other form of international immersion experience?
If yes, then broaden your thinking and enhance your preparation by attending the following workshop!
Meaningful International Research, Civic Engagement, and Internships: Charting a Course to Plan, Fund, and Implement Out-of-Classroom Projects
- Wednesday, February 16, 4:30-6 p.m., Robert A. Jones House conference room
This workshop will address how to:
- design effective projects
- prepare for the practical aspects of overseas experiential learning: research, internships and volunteering
- enhance cultural awareness
- optimize effectiveness abroad
- reflect on the experience and integrate it back home
Sponsored by Center for Education in Action and Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Student comments after a previous offering:
“I am a little disappointed that I did not do more abroad because I did not have this knowledge.”
Kate Clopeck is a recent graduate of the Technology and Policy Masters Program at MIT and co-founder of a non-profit, Community Water Solutions, that works to bring safe drinking water to rural villages in Ghana. She joins us here again at Middlebury to talk about the Fellowship program.
CWS recently launched a new fellowship program and would love to get Middlebury students involved.
Kate will be making a presentation on Community Water Solutions and opportunities to volunteer there next summer. Joining Kate will be four Midd students who spent J-term in Ghana, working with CWS: Eleanor Horowitz, Shalyn Getz, Hannah Stonebraker, and Rachel Goodgal.
For more information about CWS, check out: http://www.communitywatersolutions.org/fellowship.html
Hope you can join us! Please forward to anyone you think might be interested.
Co-founder of the non-profit, Community Water Solutions, Katy Clopek, will introduce you to their Fellows program that works to bring safe drinking water to rural villages in Ghana, West Africa. The program is organized around two Winter Term and Summer sessions.
The Community Water Solutions Fellowship Program is a three‐week water education and leadership training experience in the northern region of Ghana. The purpose of the fellowship is to teach individuals about the global water crisis and inspire them to become leaders in the field of international development.
Visit their blog: http://communitywatersolutions.wordpress.com/ to read about other Middlebury students who participated during this past January term (2011).
Looking for a low-key, flexible way to volunteer and meet a critical need in the community?
Look no farther than the Charter House, an emergency housing facility in town!
Charter House is in great need of new volunteers, and shifts are only 3-4 hours long each.
Volunteer once a month, once a semester, or once a week–it’s up to you!
THIS SUNDAY, January 23rd, current J-term interns will run an information session and training on-campus (complete with baked goods!)
Library Room 201
Please join them and bring a friend (or several!)
Questions? Email Laura at lkwillia(at)middlebury.edu
Join Autism Support Daily for a fun and educational morning!
Plan to be engaged, enlightened and educated on Autism & Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders during the training. This training will prepare you for a part-time, flexible schedule and employment opportunity as a Personal Care Attendant or Respite Worker during the school year or summer opportunities in your community. Offered exclusively to Middlebury College students with a nominal registration fee of $20 (You must present college ID upon arrival). Please register and pay online at Autism Support Daily (http://autismsupportdaily.com/_wsn/page11.html).
DON’T WAIT, SEATING IS LIMITED
SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2010
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ross Commons Building ~ Room B11