Global Service Trip in Udaipur, India - January 2014
Medicinal Gardens in Udaipur, India
Partner Organization: Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti (JJVS)
Theme: Environment, Traditional Health
Dates: January 12-21, 2014 (10 days; dates flexible)
Cost: $1,495
Project Details: The goal of the project is to promote sustainable life support systems, such as traditional medicine, income generation and biodiversity through the conservation of Community Conserved Areas and Sustainable Pockets around Udaipur, Rajasthan. Specifically linked with Traditional Healers in the area, JJVS works towards the promotion and revitalization of primary health care solutions through traditional medicine and nutritional support.

Project Objectives:
  • Promote the conservation of Sustainable Pockets and conserve the biodiversity of natural life support systems
  • Promote the use of local medicinal and nutritional plants as primary and preventative health care solutions
  • Work with local Gunis to design and establish growth of a Sustainable Pocket in order to promote biodiversity and conservation of medicinal and nutritional plants
  • Introduce the concept of biodiversity and natural life support systems to community members through a Community Event focused on Traditional Medicine and healers

Program Components:
  • Day 1-3: Orientation to JJVS to include a field trip to meet Traditional Healers (Gunis), learn about JJVS work on Traditional Medicine and environmental conservation, and visit Guni Clinics and Guni Training cum Treatment Centres around Udaipur.
  • Day 4-6: Work with Gunis to select plants and start plantation and conservation at a Sustainable Pocket focusing on nutritional and medicinal plants
  • Day 7-9: Finish work at the Sustainable Pocket and present the garden to the local community through an exhibition on Biodiversity and Traditional Medicine
Learn more about this service trip and others from the Foundation for Sustainable Development on their website!

Action AIDS Walk and Run - October 19th
ActionAIDS would like to invite Penn students to join their team for the Philly AIDS Walk Run 5K on Sunday, October 19th. Any individual or organization can join or form a sub-team within ActionAIDS. You can register as a runner, walker, virtual walker or volunteer. The walk and run will be at 7:30am or 9:00am and take place from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For more information, please check out this website! Hope to see you there!

Cognitive Wellness Training - October 19th

Penn Weekend Service and Ray of Hope Project - October 25th
Join Penn Weekend Service in cleaning up Philadelphia's streets! We'll be working with the Ray of Hope Project to make Philadelphia a nicer place! We'll meet on Saturday, October 25th at Civic House at 9AM and will return at noon. SEPTA tokens and equipment will be provided. RSVP here!

Campus Fire Safety Community Service Project - Oct. 25th
Seeking student participation for a grant-funded Campus Fire Safety Community Service Project.

Penn students and/or other college students are being sought to attend a one (1) hour fire safety training on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at Penn's Division of Public Safety Headquarters, 4040 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104.

The training will include information as follows:
Ø smoke alarms and how to install them
Ø smoking safety
Ø cooking safety
Ø and the importance of having at least two exits to escape from a fire.

Following this training, the students will work with Philadelphia Fire Department companies, at off-campus locations in University City and the surrounding West Philadelphia neighborhoods, to install smoke alarms and educate residents about fire safety. Transportation to and from this neighborhood activity will be provided by the Philadelphia Fire Department.

The afternoon session will involve campus and fire safety professionals only.

An overview of the entire program is pasted as follows:

The Michael H . Minger Foundation has been doing Campus Fire Safety Community Service pilot projects across the nation, connecting college students with fire departments to go into the community to do home fire safety visits. This is a great way to teach fire safety to students by having them do fire safety, and it also builds a relationship between the fire department, the community and the students. Home fire safety visits are nothing new to the fire service, but actively involving students in them is new in most communities.

The Minger Foundation, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety and the Philadelphia Fire Department, will be holding a workshop focusing on our lessons learned in doing these programs and how you can do them in your city, town or on your campus.

This program is open to both community and campus fire officials and is free of charge.

Register today! Please contact Gene Janda at by Thursday, October 23, 2014 to register, of if you seek additional information or have questions.

For students who are able to participate, Fire and Emergency Services will provide a certificate of service, and if so desired, will secure a letter from either the Philadelphia Fire Department, the Minger Foundation or the Division of Public Safety at Penn attesting to their participation in this campus fire safety community service project.

Volunteer at Fall Family Fun Day - October 25th
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is looking for a couple of volunteers to help at a family-geared event on October 25th from 9AM to 2:30PM in Sister Cities Park (located at 18th St. and Ben Franklin Parkway). Students will be in charge of managing a crafts station, games area, and scavenger hunt. Please contact Chao Li at to RSVP or if there are any questions.

Project Horseshoe Farm Fellowship Info Session - Oct. 26th
Looking for a hands-on experience in community health, non-profit leadership, or education after graduation? Consider Project Horseshoe Farm one year fellowship in rural Alabama! Come out on October 26th at 7:30pm at Civic House to learn more about the fellowship experience and admissions process. Email to RSVP. Open to all college seniors interested in medicine, public health, psychology, education, and business management. Dinner will be served!

2014 Service Leaders Summit - November 1st
We are pleased to announce that Eva Gladstein, Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, will give the keynote address at our 6th Annual Service Leaders Summit. The Summit, to be held Saturday, November 1st at Drexel University, is designed for students engaged in service, will feature a variety of workshops and networking opportunities. Check out the detailed agenda and register today.

Be a College Volunteer with AMIGOS!
AMIGOS Leadership Programs

We are reaching out to share opportunities for college students seeking international development experience! AMIGOS is a leader in the field of international education with 50 years of experience collaborating with Latin American partners. We create incredible growth and leadership opportunities for students across the Americas.

Depending on students' interests and experience, there are several opportunities to get involved with our programs. Volunteers with AMIGOS are placed with host families and collaborate with local youth in order envision, plan, and carry out a community initiative during a four to eight week immersion. AMIGOS field staff are competitively selected college students and recent graduates. Our top candidates have spent time in Latin America, have experience working with teenagers, and speak Spanish fluently.

Be a Teaching Volunteer with Let's Get Ready
Let's Get Ready is a nonprofit organization that supports first generation college-bound and low-income high school students through the college application process. We do this by providing SAT Prep, college essay workshops, and college applying strategies.

The LGR Program at UPenn will begin on September 29th, 2014 and will be held at West Philadelphia High School, which is located at 4901 Chestnut St, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 6pm. We are looking for verbal coaches for Mondays and math coaches for Wednesdays of the program. Coaches will not only teach SAT strategies to high school students, but they will also be part of a greater mission to promote equal access to education. Coaching in Let's Get Ready is a great teaching experience for those interested in pursuing a teaching career and a rewarding experience for college students to meet other students with similar interests.
Access the coaching application here! If you have any questions do not hesitate to email Oumou Jalloh at

Tutor High School Students with YOACAP!
The Youth Outreach Adolescents Community Awareness Program (YOACAP) is looking for tutors for their youth development program Project BUILD. If you are interested in tutoring a student in the 9th through 12th grade this could be a great opportunity for you. YOACAP is located at 1207 Chestnut Street. Tutoring hours are Mondays and Fridays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays 10am -1pm. If you are interested in becoming a tutor please contact Ms. Tajuana Wall at or call 215-851-1968.

Learn More About Service with AmeriCorps NCCC
What is AmeriCorps?
The short answer is this: AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based residential national and community service program for men and women age 18-24. For 10 months, we dedicate ourselves to serving and strengthening communities in all regions of the country. Teams range in size from 8-12 people and serve areas all over the US and US Territories.

What do we do?
Our projects are centered around five main areas of service: natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Example projects that teams are working on right now include tutoring of inner-city youth, firefighting, disaster preparedness planning, and much more! There are different programs within AmeriCorps that allow members to participate in service in a variety of ways. Mucking and gutting not your thing? That's ok! Programs exist for both front-line and behind-the-scenes service.

What are the benefits of joining the program?
Members are given a living allowance of approximately $4,000 for 10 months of service; housing; meals; limited medical benefits; up to $400 a month for childcare if eligible; member uniforms; and become eligible for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of the program. The program has been in place in the US for 20 years and has an alumni network of over 900,000 people, which is great for people just out of college who are looking for networking opportunities, worthwhile experiences for their résumé, and who are looking to gain leadership skills before entering the workforce. We also get certified in first aid and CPR.

Where can I go to find out more?
You can visit our website to get more into the details of the differences between AmeriCorps programs as well as the nitty gritty about the application process and program dates. If you have any questions or would like an AmeriCorps representative to visit your campus, please contact Katherine Bachleitner at