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  • Service Programs | Office of Active Citizenship and Service | Vanderbilt University
    Humanitarian Fund Pathfinder Award Home Service Programs Service Programs OACS Service Programs challenge students to question their perspectives and roles in the shared human experience through pre service curriculum intensive service post service skills application and continuous reflection The programs are prudently planned in order to best facilitate students abilities to connect meaningfully with people different from themselves through humble engagement and reciprocal dialogues within host communities Through this exposure

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/service-programs/ (2016-02-16)
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  • VIEW | Office of Active Citizenship and Service | Vanderbilt University
    OACS in partnership with the Center for Student Professional Development Living Learning Community All students will participate in a living learning community during their time in D C The community consists of 24 undergraduate Vanderbilt students in a cohort model for peer support They will participate as a group in weekly reflections to further understand their D C experience and learn from the experiences of others Students will also participate in 2 3 weekend service opportunities while in D C to learn about and impact the need that exists in our nation s capital Vanderbilt alumni will also be invited to participate in these service projects Finally as a group students will also have the opportunity to hear from leaders in the fields of media government business and nonprofit sectors participate in private tours such as the Pentagon and CNN and attend social events such as a Nationals baseball game and kayaking on the Potomac Academic Preparation The VIEW cohort will meet every other week in the spring semester as they participate in a 1 hour credit seminar to fully prepare them for their internship Class sessions will feature guest speakers and experts on topics including the United States government world politics including the current political climate both domestically and globally Through this seminar students will gain insight into the political and non profit landscape of Washington D C In addition the cohort will delve into professional preparation including resume and cover letter development interview skills and practicing successful networking Mentor Component Each VIEW participant is matched with a Vanderbilt alumnus living in DC who aligns with the student s personal and professional goals and interests The pair will meet often during the VIEW program with one on one interaction and support attending various outings and events together This is

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/service-programs/view/ (2016-02-16)
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  • National Campaign Ambassadors | Office of Active Citizenship and Service | Vanderbilt University
    Service Leaders Conference Students Vehicles For Service Reserve a P Card Manage Finances Find Funding for Service Fall Service Fair at the Commons Register to Vote Serve In Nashville Connect with OACS Organizations Connect with Local Non profits Service Calendar Weekends of Service Fall Weekend of Service MLK Weekend of Service Nichols Humanitarian Fund Pathfinder Award National Campaign Ambassadors National Campaign Ambassadors In partnership with Harvard University s Institute on Politics two students from Vanderbilt are selected each year to serve as National Campaign Ambassadors and representatives of the institution This year our Vanderbilt representatives are Rachel King and David Munoz These students are selected because of their outstanding dedication to their communities and commitment to fostering a civically minded campus Responsibilities for National Campaign Ambassadors include Attend the annual National Campaign Conference Contribute to the IOP Blog Participate and assist with consortium wide virtual events throughout the academic year Collaborate with other school Ambassadors on shared project or awareness campaign Other schools in the National Campaign Ambassador consortium include Harvard University Elon University University of Chicago University of Texas and many more For more information on the program please visit the webpage To read student blogs please visit this

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/service-programs/view/nationalcampaign/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Ecuador | Office of Active Citizenship and Service | Vanderbilt University
    in Quito s poor neighborhoods with 5 different preschool sites It works under the Montessori model that centers around the interests and learning of each child and their growth and development There are a variety of classrooms and corners with activities and games to develop the child s interests curiosity and independence In addition morning and afternoon snacks as well as lunch are provided for each child Abuelitos y Abuelitas de la Calle Abuelitos y Abuelitas de la Calle is a foundation that cares for homeless seniors in Quito Each day the center provides much needed medical care workshops activities and free meals to between 200 400 elderly indigent persons INEPE The organization promotes community development particularly in the area of education and are working to create better futures for their children The INEPE school and daycare center offers a well rounded education and has an expansive music education program The center even has a space for yoga and other exercise classes The organization also works with affiliate daycare centers in the area Fundación Gorritas Azules Fundación Gorritas Azules was started over 20 years ago by a group of parents with children with disabilities It now serves as a place where adults ages 15 50 years old can go to learn receive physical therapy have workshops and be cared for The center only has 2 professional physical therapists and 3 helpers although the physical therapists only work in the mornings The center runs from 9am to 4pm and is funded solely by the parents of the students Conocoto Schools This is a public primary and elementary school in the valley adjacent to Quito This school is large and understaffed like many public schools run by the ministry of education Learning English is important for the further development of the children and their futures However the school only has two English teachers Volunteers are needed to assist the English teachers or teachers of other subjects especially subjects not normally taught such as music art dance and sports Seminars Beginning in the spring students participate in a series of seminars designed to equip them with the tools to view global service through an informed and impact oriented lens Seminars typically cover such topics as An overview of politics economics and culture in Ecuador Practical training and cultural sensitivity An introduction to principles of sustainable community development social justice and global citizenship Consideration of the ethical issues involved in volunteerism in the developing world Reflection techniques and team building skills Local Partnership To help identify locally run organizations where student volunteers could be of use OACS partners with Yanapuma Foundation an Ecuadorian NGO based in Quito Yanapuma is guided by 6 principles Sustainability Social Justice Respect Freedom Transparency and Professionalism The partnership between Yanapuma and OACS results in on the ground support for the Ecuador cohort and site leaders including a project coordinator orientation and connections to home stays and work sites Learning Outcomes Through the Ecuador Global Service Program students will Develop

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/service-programs/ecuador/ (2016-02-16)
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  • South Africa | Office of Active Citizenship and Service | Vanderbilt University
    first week of the program is a intro to Apartheid South Africa Students will have the opportunity to visit the Apartheid Museum spend time in Soweto and work with local community organizations in the Johannesburg area Immersion in Port Elizabeth SA Part 2 The second part of the program will be four weeks long and requires intensive service alongside two community partners Missionvale Care Centre and Sapphire Road Primary Students will spend the weekdays meeting the needs of these partners and the weekends exploring Port Elizabeth and the surrounding areas through visiting museums and meeting with local activists and leaders Missionvale Care Centre Missionvale is a holistic center committed to providing consultation self development and love to people of the township Missionvale Volunteers may be requested to serve in the following functions of their comprehensive service provisions Primary School Nutrition Unit Medical Clinic Child Support and Development Community Garden Clothing Warehouse Crafter Unit A December Message from Mission Vale USA Hope for the Holidays Sue and I just returned from a visit to Missionvale Care Center and reconfirmed how great the need for food is We spent a good amount of time helping with food distribution in the Nutrition Unit It breaks your heart when the half loaves of bread have all been given out and there is still a line of people waiting whose family will not receive bread for the day 2 918 has currently been raised towards our goal of 10 000 for this year s Hope for the Holidays campaign Remember that EVERY dollar donated up to 10 000 will be matched by a very generous donor Please visit the website to learn more Sapphire Road Primary Sapphire Road Primary is located in Sapphire Town Port Elizabeth This primary school aligns itself around a self developed program that focuses on health promotion and educational excellence They strive to develop strong readers numerically exceptional and healthy learners pupils community and teachers Imersion in Cape Town SA Part 3 Sustainable Reconciliation and Peace building The second portion of the South Africa Service Immersion Program will be with the communities Cape Town This culminating chapter of the South Africa Experience will involve a visit to Robben Island and a firsthand perspective of the development in this urban city Students will experience and analyze the role of development especially equitable development in post apartheid South Africa as a peace building and good governance strategy Linking the systemic institutional and structural aspects of the enduring SA conflict with reconciliation and peace building especially to highlight the importance of all South Africans to continue to transform their thinking attitude and behavior patterns to take joint and shared ownership of human development and together play leading roles in the creation of a culture of sustainable reconciliation and peace in SA Seminars Beginning in the spring there are a series of seminars designed to prepare the cohort with tools to view global service through an informed and impact oriented lens Seminars serve as An

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/service-programs/south-africa/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Morocco | Office of Active Citizenship and Service | Vanderbilt University
    active group of three people who are the founding members of the Amal Salé Association Your colleagues will be able to communicate with you in English You will spend most of your time teaching young people from modest backgrounds and who are unable to study English in private centers You will also help promote this association i e establish and refine its social media presence Fondation Orient Occident Since 1994 the Orient Occident Foundation has striven to provide the less fortunate with an institution where they might learn share information and gain employable skills Through the bridging of cultures both in Morocco and abroad and after opening its board of directors to citizens of different countries the Foundation aims to resume international dialogue and to contribute to cross cultural understanding between civilizations Ultimately the Orient Occident aims to serve as a bridge between the two shores of the Mediterranean where identities meet recognize each other and prepare for their future together At the African level the Foundation designs various programs that aim to at help and improve the quality of life for refugees and asylum seekers and their families Volunteers will teach French or English translate documents run thematic workshops and teach kids at the kindergarten AASC Association de l Action Socio Culturelle The Association Social and Cultural Work in Morocco was founded in 1991 Its main office is located in Fez and it has an annex in Rabat AASC aims to maintain and reinforce familial ties In addition to providing social and cultural assistance to the less fortunate the association also emphasizes and addresses the interests of children and youth The Association urges professional people with scientific talents and skills to contribute to social educational and cultural projects and workshops AASC s has also fostered partnerships with national and international institutions working in the same field Volunteers will help contribute to the cultural and social workshops and international camps conducted by the AASC AMSEI Basma Center Founded in 1988 the Basma Center focuses on assisting children with disabilities Its main objectives are to educate re educate and socially integrate children with disabilities The majority of the children the organization works with have mental disabilities This Association also aims to develop these children s skills by helping them socialize and become autonomous self directed young adults ASMEI s activities and workshops are cultural educational artistic and athletic and all are intended to realize these goals of autonomy and integration Student volunteers are expected to take initiative and take part in all existing workshops These workshops might focus on painting carpentry dancing teaching skills for independent living and or facilitating games Volunteers will need to be enthusiastic and creative Most importantly though they must have enough energy to keep up with the children The National Human Rights Council The creation of the National Human Rights Council CNDH served to strengthen the Kingdom of Morocco s commitment to protect its citizens rights and freedoms It continually reaffirms Morocco s devotion to upholding

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/service-programs/morocco-in-may/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London | Office of Active Citizenship and Service | Vanderbilt University
    of childhood obesity Levels of physical activity for both men and women are much worse in Newham than the UK average Life expectancy is low at 72 years for men and 76 years for women Clearly the promise of a healthy and fit population as part of the Olympic legacy will not be delivered unless these issues are addressed This program seeks to familiarize Vanderbilt students with these challenges to empower them in their work with local organizations and to help them reflect on the meaning of service in an international multi cultural context 2015 Summer Programming Report 2014 London Program Report Student Reflections from 2015 click the photo Program The work was the best part of the trip Working with an agency actively involved in empowering the community fueled me Getting the incredible opportunity to get an inside perspective of local and national policy was also really amazing The free time to explore on our own was invaluable 2015 London Participant The key objective of this program is to immerse students in service work in the London Borough of Newham They will meaningfully engage in voluntary service impacting a range of areas while working with the local community Students will address public health concerns and will have the opportunity to analyze local governance challenges and barriers to inclusive and effective community development Service and engagement will include participation in development projects around community health In addition students will learn about British society and how local government functions exploring development challenges in a unique service context London like countless cities around the world faces critical community issues that must be addressed in new and dynamic ways including high poverty rates the implications of immigration and educational challenges Students studying or who have strong interests in medicine health and society public policy social work human and organizational development psychology political science education sociology and associated fields are encouraged to apply Students will work with partner agencies non profit organizations three days per week These agencies will be determined based upon community need and consideration will be given during the matching process to each student s background interests field of expertise and personal goals The cohort will further engage in educational and cultural enrichment activities Last summer examples included meetings with members of the Houses of Lords and Commons and tours of the British Parliament a meeting with the mayor of Newham observations of sessions of the Newham Council local government an overview provided by Transport for London on the state of public transportation in the city and an informational tour of the Olympic Park Students are encouraged to travel on Saturday Sunday either around London or more broadly Accommodation will be provided by Queen Mary University Students will stay in private single dormitory rooms with en suite style shared bath and kitchen The London Underground tube is a convenient 5 minute walk away The closest station is Mile End Students will be expected to shop and cook all meals together as

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/service-programs/london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Redefine: Serve Locally, Connect Globally | Office of Active Citizenship and Service | Vanderbilt University
    at midnight About Students will immerse themselves in the conceptualization of community service as it relates to U S communities and how or if the same ideas translate across cultures Redefine exposes students to local community needs by partnering with the Nashville Food Project Students will serve with a non profit organization that is creating real impact in Nashville through its mission of cultivating community and alleviating hunger Continuing in January 2016 Redefine will consist of four seminars led by experts in service learning community development and international student engagement The seminars provide a foundation for academic exploration of service learning from the perspectives of the community the non profit sector the student and the university Seminars will be complemented with community service opportunities at the Nashville Food Project International and American students are encouraged to sign up as they will benefit from cross cultural dialogue and experiences centered on community development and social justice Learning Outcomes The following learning outcomes reflect aspects of the program that students are expected to immerse in and learn from Critical engagement around the meaning of service from different cultural perspectives will be highlighted and engagement between the student and the Nashville Food Project will be paramount Increase critical thinking and reflection about service and develop an understanding of its meanings and impact locally and globally Foster new friendships with people from diverse countries Understand and value differing perspectives Students should develop a critical understanding of The relationship between service and social justice The systemic issues driving the need for the Nashville Food Project and an awareness of some of the inherent policy implications Social justice issues which surface at the Nashville Food Project Applications To apply visit the Anchor Link page here Applications are due no later than December 18th at midnight All

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/service-programs/redefine/ (2016-02-16)
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