Two exciting positions with ThinkImpact in Africa for summer 2012

ThinkImpact Advisor Job Description
ThinkImpact Advisors lead a small group of 6 scholars through the Innovation Institute curriculum, inspiring them to embrace the challenges of social innovation and supporting them throughout their summer experience in rural Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda or South Africa.
Responsibilities
– Conducting training for scholars in country at the beginning of the Institute;
– Advising scholars on the curriculum throughout the duration of the Institute;
– Hosting reflection sessions and leading discussion groups on topics related to cultural immersion, poverty, development, and social entrepreneurship;
– Working in conjunction with the Manager of Logistics and the Country Coordinator to manage logistical needs while in Africa including organization of food and water, transportation, and homestays;
– Acting as connectors for the scholars to identify and build meaningful community relationships and partnerships to develop innovative products and services;
– Acting as the first point of contact for scholars if a concern or issue arises;
Documenting the scholars’ progress through the institute by collecting pictures, blogs and videos.
Compensation
– Reimbursement for travel costs to training retreat up to $250
– Reimbursement for travel costs to June 8th-12th US training up to $150
– International flights round-trip to Africa
– All expenses (food, lodging, transportation, etc) starting on June 8th and throughout the duration of the Institute
– $1000 stipend based on performance
Eligibility Requirements
In order to be considered for the position of advisor, applicants must meet the following criteria:
– Have completed a B.A./B.S.
– Have experience working and living in a developing country
– Have experience leading university-aged students
– Have a U.S. passport or student visa
– Applicants that are pursuing or have completed a graduate degree receive additional consideration
– 3-5 years of relevant work experience receive additional consideration
Deadline to apply is next Friday January 13. Apply Today!
ThinkImpact Country Associate Job Description

The Country Associate works closely with the Country Coordinator and the Advisors to ensure that all logistical needs are met and carried out efficiently on the Innovation Institute . Country Associates live and work in rural Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda or South Africa.
Responsibilities
– Involved in training the scholars on the curriculum at the onset of the Institute.
– Managing logistical needs while in Africa including but not limited to food, water, transportation, accommodation, homestays, translators, excursions, internet, and phones.
– Documenting the scholars’ progress through the institute by collecting, organizing, and uploading pictures, blogs, and videos.
– Weekly reporting to the Washington, DC office pertaining to Institute progress covering scholars, advisors, and budget.
– Managing and reporting on monetary transactions in-country including financial reporting, receipt processing, etc.
Compensation
– Reimbursement for travel costs to training retreat up to $250
– Reimbursement for travel costs to June 8th-12th US training up to $150
– International flights round-trip to Africa
– All expenses (food, lodging, transportation, etc) starting on June 8th and throughout the duration of the Institute
– $1000 stipend based on performance
Eligibility Requirements
In order to be considered for the position of Country Associate, applicants must meet the following criteria:
– Be at least 26 years old
– Have completed a B.A./B.S. with preference for a M.A.
– Have experience working and living in the country where you are interested in being placed (Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, or South Africa)
– Have a U.S. passport or student visa
Deadline to apply is next Friday January 13. Apply Today!

Jessica Morse | Community Manager
ThinkImpact | www.thinkimpact.org
1755 S St. NW Suite 6A | Washington DC 20009
O. 202.657.6616 | F. 202.513.8588 | C. 650.892.8290
ThinkImpact offers the Innovation Institute in rural Kenya and South Africa, the premier entrepreneurship education program in emerging markets.

BUTEX is now accepting applications for its North American Scholarship Programme 2012!

BUTEX is now accepting applications for its North American Scholarship Programme 2012!
The Scholarship is open to all undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the USA or Canada. To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place a UK university or college which is BUTEX affiliated. Your study abroad or exchange place must be for the academic year 2012/13 and your place must be for a minimum of one semester. If you are not sure whether your host institution is BUTEX affiliated, here is a link to our list of members: http://www.butex.ac.uk/?q=node/8
The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.
For further details of how to apply for this scholarship please visit www.butex.ac.uk

Opening of the competition for 2012 Fulbright UK Summer Institutes

Opening of the competition for 2012 Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
This year the Commission is again offering exciting and unique opportunities for US undergraduates to follow a three six-week summer program at a world-class UK university or cultural institution. Each Summer Institute provides an immersive academic, cultural and social experience for freshman or sophomore American students who wish to deepen their knowledge of the United Kingdom and its diverse population whilst developing their communication, research and presentation skills.
This year we are offering Summer Institutes that cover a range of disciplines as well as some that focus on specific disciplines such as theatre, art and design, archaeology and Irish studies.
The scholarship covers participant costs including academic program fees, travel, housing, subsistence, and cultural visits.
2012 UK Summer Institutes will be held at:
Cardiff University, Bangor University and Aberystwyth University;
Durham University;
Newcastle University;
Nottingham Trent University;
Queen’s University Belfast; and
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in association with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS).
*The application deadline is 16 March 2012.
For more information on each Institute and details on how to apply visit the Institute webpages: http://www.fulbright.co.uk/fulbright-awards/for-us-citizens/summer-institutes
or email: programmes@fulbright.co.uk
For updates, visit the Twitter feed: @FulbrightAwards

Study in Australia- Fellowship Grant Deadline November 15!

The American Australian Association is currently accepting applications for its US to Australia Fellowship Program.
The program offers fellowships of up to AU$30,000 to American researchers or students wishing to undertake advanced research or study in Australia. Through these Educational Fellowships, the Association encourages intellectual collaboration and innovation, building on the strong social and economic partnerships between Australia and the United States.
Fields of study/research supported by the fellowships:

  • Medicine
  • Life sciences (particularly in oceanography/marine sciences and stem cell research)
  • Sustainability
  • Geosciences, including geology, geophysics and reservoir engineering
  • Engineering
  • Mining

General Requirements:

  • Applicant’s research or study must be at graduate or postgraduate level
  • Acceptance into an Australian educational institution for full time study
  • American citizenship or permanent resident of America
  • Deadline: November 15th 2011
    Please send inquiries to jhelum.bagchi@aaanyc.org
    For information on this and other study abroad opportunities please contact VCU Education Abroad at abroad@vcu.edu

    Air Travel tips for People with Disabilities

    Mobility International USA is a great resource for students with disabilities, whether they be physical or non-apparent. Check out their article on airline travel tips below:
    Air Travel Tips for People with Disabilities
    We encourage all students who are preparing to study abroad to self-disclose any existing disability. All information will remain confidential.The presence of a disability will not affect a student’s acceptance into a program. Self-disclosure is important in order for appropriate accommodations to be made. If you have a disability and would like to contact your study abroad adviser to discuss, please contact VCU Education Abroad at abroad@vcu.edu or (804)827-7882.

    Scholarship Deadline: Fund for Education Abroad

    Need funding for your study abroad program? Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the 2012-2013 academic year or summer 2013. Up to 10 scholarships are awarded with funding amounts up to $10,000!
    Requirements:

    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
    • Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S.
    • Must be applying for a study abroad program eligible for credit at the student’s educational institution
    • Must plan to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks in country
    • Is committed to supporting education abroad in his/her campus community through work with the FEA and his/her campus education abroad staff upon return

    Deadline: November 14, 2011
    For more information and to apply, go to the Fund for Education Abroad website at http://www.fundforeducationabroad.com/applicants/

    Returning Students: 17th Annual Student Research Conference

    Dear Returning Students:
    You are invited to give a presentation about your experience abroad at the 17th annual Student Research Conference hosted by the Global Education Office and the School of World Studies. Each year, the Study Abroad Hall is reserved for returning students to present on their experiences and what they learned, answer questions, and encourage others to go abroad. This year’s conference will be held November 18, 2011 from 9 AM to 4 PM in the Richmond Salons of the student commons.

    If you are interested please respond to wsrc@vcu.edu with your name, preferred email address, where you studied, your academic major, and a brief paragraph describing your experience. Also include your availability or preferred presentation time for the day of the conference. Responses due by Monday, Oct. 25, 2011.

    Life After Study Abroad Conference This Weekend!

    Students from the DC, MD and VA metropolitan area are invited to attend the Life After Study Abroad Conference to be held in DC this month.
    Saturday October 22, 2011
    12:30pm – 7:00pm

    The Marvin Center, 3rd Floor
    The George Washington University
    800 21st Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20052

    This is a professional-style conference that aims to help students maximize the potential of their international experience. Learn how to utilize all the experiences and knowledge gained abroad in fulfilling your future personal and professional endeavors. This years program includes:

    • Panels comprised of professionals in international fields who will highlight how to develop an international career and find ways to teach and volunteer abroad, and
    • Interactive workshops around themes of applying international experience
    • Discussion sessions for students to engage with peers surrounding topics relevant to their international experience
    • Résumé critiques by career service professionals
    • Social event at the Embassy of Spain

    Students are encouraged to register early. For more information and to register, please visit the website: https://wasan.studioabroad.com/

    Are You Studying Zulu Language at VCU?

    Are you studying Zulu language at VCU? If so, you may be interested in the Boren Awards African Languages Initiative!
    National Security Education Program – African Languages Initiative
    This initiative seeks applicants who have had exposure to Bambara, Swahili, Yoruba, or Zulu, and can demonstrate proficiency of novice-high or above. Specifically, this pilot initiative will provide the opportunity for Fellows to enhance their Boren Fellowship with additional language study in the United States and overseas. Beginning Summer 2011, Fellows will have the opportunity to enroll in domestic university-based summer intensive courses in the targeted languages. The Summer U.S. programs will be followed by intensive language and culture study programs during the Fall semester at specific language centers in Mali (Bambara), Tanzania (Swahili), Nigeria (Yoruba), and South Africa (Zulu).
    For more information, please visit www.borenawards.org or email boren@iie.org or 800-618-6737.
    Any interested students are also encouraged to contact the National Scholarship Office at HonorsNSO@vcu.edu or Jeff Wing at jawing@vcu.edu.

    University of Guadalajara Students Participate in VCU Faculty Led Program to Barbados

    Summer 2011- Two students from VCU partnership institution University of Guadalajara participated this summer in a Virginia Commonwealth University study abroad program, Barbados: Atlantic History and Culture. The program was organized and sponsored in part by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), with two University of Guadalajara (UDG) students being selected for a summer study program to learn about Caribbean perspectives on the African diaspora. This program was coordinated by Dr. Bernard Moitt, Chair of the Department of History at VCU.
    Antonio Guzman Fernandez and Itzel Valenzuela, both International Studies majors, were selected to receive a grant from VCU’s Global Education Office, through collaboration with the UDG’s General Coordination of Cooperation and Internationalization (CGCI), giving them the opportunity to live and study first-hand the socio-historical links between Africa and the Caribbean through Barbados.
    “I thank the University of Guadalajara, by way of CGCI, for offering us such a wonderful opportunity. I can say firmly that this program shaped my future studies on Latin America in directions I can no longer ignore. It removed a blindfold from my eyes when I realized its importance.”
    Itzel Valenzuela
    During the three-week program the students took classes at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of West Indies (UWI) in Barbados. Students also attended tours and excursions, including: swimming with turtles, participating in homestays with local families, visits to the Barbados and Speightstown Museums, and visits to ecological reserves, pottery shops and art galleries. Through these activities, in addition to having learned about relationships between Africa and the Caribbean, the way the Caribbean people is visualized in the context of the African Diaspora, and the development of Creole societies in the Caribbean through language, religion, art and culture, students also had a life experience that has influenced their personal and professional development.

    “It’s not a minor change in me, it’s a 180 degree turn around in how I conceive of my own side of the world. It will no doubt help me enormously in my work and my studies.”

    Antonio Guzmán Fernández
    The overall objective of the program, clearly fulfilled, is to offer students an authentic Caribbean experience that is both stimulating and memorable. Antonio and Itzel both now have a greater appreciation of the history and culture of the Caribbean, and in particular the relevance and uniqueness of Barbados.
    This is a translation of an article published by the University of Guadalajara. Link to the original article here.