“Memory – Place – Presence” CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the first edition of the summer student program “Memory – Place – Presence”, coordinated by the “Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre in cooperation with the Maria Skłodowska-CurieUniversity in Lublin, Poland. The program will start on June 23, 2015 and will continue through the July 2, 2015. This year the program will accept up to twenty participants.

The program aims at education about Jewish life and heritage in Poland, based on the example of Lublin and the Lublin region. Educational activities (lectures, workshops, panel discussions) during the program will address following issues:

  • History of Polish Jews on the example of Lublin,

  • The heritage of shtetls, the small, often largely Jewish towns of Eastern Europe

  • Yiddish and Hebrew as the linguistic pillars of local Jewish culture

  • In search of identity – Jewish Biographies of the 20th century

  • The Holocaust and its consequences for the region

  • Educational restitution and creative work around the notion of collective memory

Visit to the recently open Museum of the History of Polish Jews Polin in Warsaw, Majdanek camp, Museum-Memorial Site in Belzec and a study tour of former shtetl sites are also part of the curriculum. More about the program you will find onwww.summerschool.teatrnn.pl

We invite you to pass on this information to students you think might be interested and to recommend qualified candidates. Complete applications should be e-mailed to: summerschool@tnn.lublin.pl by March 1, 2015.

If you have any questions about the application procedure or program, please feel free to contact us.


Global Health Opportunity Abroad

Are you interested in volunteering abroad for one week, one month, or multiple months during the upcoming spring, summer, or fall months?  We very much hope to have an opportunity to work with you in Ghana, Honduras, or India!  Unite For Sight’s volunteer abroad program is available year-round, and it’s not too late to participate this spring and summer! Please feel free to forward this message to others who may be interested in participating as well.

Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health volunteer and education experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship.  Volunteers participate with and learn from Unite For Sight’s talented local partner doctors who have provided care to more than 1.9 million patients living in poverty, including nearly 90,000 sight-restoring surgeries. The local doctors are social entrepreneurs who are addressing complex public health issues, and volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding about the complexities and realities of global health.

Unite For Sight is the only organization in the world that:

  • is a healthcare delivery organization that also offers immersive global health education opportunities for students and professionals;
  • uses 100% of all donations and funds submitted to directly provide care for patients who are otherwise unable to access or afford care;
  • directly teaches the importance of supporting and assisting local professionals in their own social ventures to eliminate disparities in their communities and countries;
  • offers an opportunity to learn from local medical professionals about effective strategies to reach the hardest-to-reach patients in villages, slums, and refugee camps;
  • develops comprehensive training materials in cultural competency, ethics, and global health best practices to prepare its volunteers for a high-impact immersive experience.

Complete details and the online enrollment instructions can be seen at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you during the upcoming months!

Benjamin Franklin Travel Grants

What it is: 

The Benjamin Franklin Travel Grant targets outstanding Sophomore, Junior & Senior students who have a specific academic or professional project that they want to accomplish in France (studies, internship, specific visits…) and who are enrolled in an American university in a double major including one major in French.

   – Provides successful candidates with a stipend of $900, to support their travel to France.
– Gives selected candidates the possibility to travel to France according to their academic and professional projects (studies, internship, specific visits…)
– Offers selected students the opportunity to access the network of Benjamin Franklin Alumni.

Eligibility: Candidates must have reached their 18th birthday before departure.

Candidates must be currently enrolled in an American University as sophomore, junior or senior students.

Candidates must be enrolled in a double major program combining a major in French and a major in another discipline in an American University when applying. Consideration will also be given to students enrolled in a minor/certificate in French and majoring in another subject.

Mobility period: 90 days max or, if for more than 90 days, the student is responsible for applying for a visa.

French citizens are not eligible.

  1. Process: 1. Application deadline: March 13th 2015, 12pm (EST)
  2. 2. Selection process : End of March
  3. 3. Publication of results on the website and by e-mail to the laureates : Early April

Summer in South Asia Fellowship

The Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS) has extended the deadline for its Summer in South Asia Fellowship. This year (summer 2015), the fellowship provides $3,000.
Here are the basics:
  • Students receive a $3,000 fellowship for the summer
  • Students design their own research program
  • Participants connect with an NGO or business in India (the CSAS can help you with some suggestions on how to do this)
  • A minimum of 4 weeks in India is required (you can spend more time in India, if you’d like)
  • All UM Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are eligible to apply (This fellowship prefers students who have not spent extensive time in India.  To see if your prior travel to India would make you ineligible, please email Janelle Fosler at jfosler@umich.edu)
  • At the end of the summer you must submit a research report
  • On October 8, 2015, all fellows will participate in a symposium where they will present their research project
  • No prior SA coursework/experience required
  • Application deadline is: March 11, 5pm
  • Notification will be March 15

To apply:

If you are interested in this fellowship, get in touch with Janelle Fosler asap! She can talk you through contacting NGOs/Businesses and getting the required paperwork for a successful application. She can be reached at: jfosler@umich.edu.

Penn State Master of International Affairs

Our 42 credit Master of International Affairs (M.I.A.) is a two-year program on Penn State’s University Park campus. The first year consists of a core curriculum, providing a solid academic grounding in the institutions, traditions, and mechanisms of international exchange. These core courses cover targeted study of critical analytical tools used in multidimensional problem solving, exposure to the most prominent theories of sociocultural interchange, and the professional skills necessary to begin working internationally. To fulfill the 42 credit graduation requirement, most students take an elective in addition to the required core courses. In the third and fourth semesters of study, students enroll in courses specific to their area of concentration and the capstone experience.


Call for Proposals – Davis Projects for Peace

Call for Proposals – Davis Projects for Peace
The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is pleased to announce the Davis Projects for Peace initiative for 2014. The Davis Projects for Peace were made possible by Kathryn Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist who was committed to providing the resources to the actionable project ideas of today’s student leaders.

Projects for Peace are summer-long projects designed and implemented by undergraduate students passionate about peace in their communities and around the globe. The initiative hopes to prepare students as ethical global leaders by providing the resources to execute innovative grassroots project ideas. These projects, as defined by students, creatively address worldwide peace efforts providing sustainable solutions to contemporary society.

The selected project proposal will be funded at $10,000 and implemented during summer of 2014. Proposals need to be submitted by midnight on Monday, January 27, 2014.

For more information, and to find an application, see Davis Projects for Peace Grant information on the Ginsberg website.

Additional questions, please contact projectsforpeace@umich.edu.

Seeking College Graduates to Volunteer Teach in Thailand for a Year

WorldTeach is currently accepting applications for college graduates to serve as volunteer English teachers in our yearlong program in Thailand. Volunteers are full time English teachers in elementary and high schools in rural communities in the northeastern Nakhon Phanom province. After receiving additional funding from local Thai schools in 2014, the volunteer fee has been reduced from $3,590 to $1,500 for 2015. This volunteer fee covers the following:

– Visa sponsorship
– Housing provided with a host family or teacher apartments
– Monthly stipend of US$250
– Option for TEFL certification
– Health & emergency evacuation insurance
– Training comprising 3-4 week Orientation upon arrival, Mid Service Conference, and End of Service Conference
– Meals and housing during orientation and conferences
– In-country transportation between training and placement sites
– Support from full time, in-country field staff
– Professional development through Teacher Quality Program, including mentorship by remote Teacher Quality Coordinator

Note: volunteers are responsible for their own airfare

Volunteer Period: April 2015 – March 2016
Register to attend a Thailand webinar on January 27th. We will speak with field staff and alumni to learn more about living and teaching in Thailand.
Watch a video on the day in the life of a Thailand volunteer.
Read reviews from Thailand volunteers.
Qualifications: Applicants must be native English speakers and be between the ages of 21-40. A Bachelor’s degree is required at the time of departure. No teaching experience or Thai language skills are necessary, but an interest in teaching, and a flexible, mature attitude are attributes of a successful volunteer.

To Apply: Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2015. Year program applications require a resume, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and a college/university transcript. Start your application on our website, or email admissions@worldteach.org.