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!

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.

Penn Study Abroad Fair - November 7th
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Check out the Study Abroad Fair information sessions!
All sessions will be held in Houston Hall, Hall of Flags on the second level balcony.

12:00 "Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities"
Learn about government scholarships for study abroad like the Boren and Gilman, as well as the basics of how financial aid works for semester study abroad.
Presented by Dr. Barbara Gorka, Penn Abroad Director

12:30 "Off the beaten track: Asia"
Learn about non-tradition study abroad destinations such as India, Nepal, and Thailand.
Presented by Courtney Kenny, Penn Abroad Program Manager

1:00 "Shaping your international experience"
Finding the best program for you, budgeting your time while abroad, and setting goals for your international experience.
Presented by Penn Abroad Ambassadors

1:30 "Living like a local"
Ways of navigating language barriers, exploring your host country, and not being a tourist while studying abroad.
Presented by Penn Abroad Ambassadors

2:00 "Spanish-speaking study abroad programs: Q&A"
Ask the Penn Abroad staff your questions about studying abroad in Spain and Latin America.
Presented by Danielle Scugoza, Penn Abroad Associate Director and Anna Spadafora, Penn Abroad Program Manager

2:30 "Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities"
Learn about government scholarships for study abroad like the Boren and Gilman, as well as the basics of how financial aid works for semester study abroad.
Presented by Dr. Barbara Gorka, Penn Abroad Director

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 ojalloh@sas.upenn.edu.

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 Tajuana@yoacap.org 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 katherine.bachleitner@fema.dhs.gov.