Monthly Archives: October 2011

IVPA Global Volunteer Fair – NYC

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This is the place if you are looking for the information on the IVPA Global Volunteer Fair, October 27th in NYC. This event is free and open to the public. If you are interested in international volunteering come meet some organizations and hear about their work. There will also be free workshops on volunteering.


John Jay College of Criminal Justice
North Hall
445 West 59th Street
New York, NY


Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)

Here is the link to register…though registration is not required to attend.

Volunteer and Receive University Credit with Global Service Corps

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IVPA member, Global Service Corps (GSC), in partnership with SUNY-Albany, is offering students the opportunity to volunteer in Tanzania in global HIV/AIDS prevention, sustainable agriculture and food security. This 15-week 15-credit service-learning experience is ideal for students with interests in international development, public health, agriculture, and global food security and takes place from January 16 – April 30, 2012.

From GSC’s Newsletter

Designed for individuals with multiple interests, this program allows students to participate in two GSC program areas providing a cross-sectoral response to community development in Tanzania. The focus of this service-learning experience is for students to expand their own knowledge while at the same time helping to educate local community members in HIV/AIDS prevention and rural sustainable agriculture.Students will receive orientation in the language, culture, and history of the Tanzanian people as well as academic and technical training in the areas of HIV/AIDS and Food Security that will prepare them to assist in a variety of community development and training projects. The HIV/AIDS field component includes community awareness activities and trainings that target youth and adults with the ultimate goal of mitigating the spread of HIV/AIDS in a sustainable manner. Focusing on food security, students will assist in community workshops and will also help maintain a demonstration plot that utilizes innovative bio-intensive agriculture techniques designed to increase food production and alleviate the main causes of food losses. Through both academic training and field service work in HIV/AIDS and sustainable agriculture, students will come to understand the interconnectedness of sustainable food production, income generation, and overall health and wellness.

For more information please click on the picture to the left to read the full program overview.

To learn more about opportunities for students and how to obtain credit, visit:

To apply for this program visit:

CLICK HERE to view an illustrated account of a day in the life of Tanzanian volunteers!

CFHI Scholarship Opportunities 2012 – Global Heath Programs

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IVPA Member, Child Family Health International (CFHI) is offering scholarships for their 2012 Global Health Programs. This is an incredible opportunity to participate in global health initiatives and gain valuable experience.

CFHI is offering 10 partial scholarships for January-June 2012 programs. These ten (10) partial scholarships in the amount of US $1,000 may be awarded towards participation in any CFHI Global Health Education Program during the above program months. One scholarship will be designated for CFHI’s Sight for All- Opthalmology Rotation in New Delhi, India program and one designated for CFHI’s Sonrie Ecuador-Dental Program in Quito, Ecuador.  Deadlines to apply are November 1st and January 16th.  For more details see CFHI’s Scholarship Page.

 CFHI also offers academic credit and fundraising assistance.  For more details on any of CFHI’s 20+ programs, visit the CFHIwebsite. CFHI continues to accept 2011 & 2012 program applications on a rolling basis.


CFHI  Socially Responsible Global Health Education Programs

Child Family Health International (CFHI) offers socially responsible Global Health Education Programs for health sciences students of all levels. Through CFHI participants go on 4-16 week placements alongside local physicians in underserved communities.  Participants rotate through clinics and hospitals, attend medical lectures, and become immersed in the healthcare system of the community.


Want a 50% discount to volunteer in Guatemala? Quick! Enter GCN’s essay contest. Deadline Oct 14th!

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Act now and you could get 50% off a volunteer trip to Guatemala with Global Citizen’s Network.

From GCN’s site:

Indigenous communities across the world are marginalized from main stream society’s media.  Their voices are not always heard and their views often stifled.  Time and again, misguided and inaccurate depictions of indigenous cultures, values and beliefs are presented to the public.  One example is the current challenge the Mayan community faces as outsiders portray their own interpretations of the Mayan 2012 calendar year.

“Hollywood is also not helping,” laments Don Manuel, the head of the Mayan spiritual leaders’ council in Cantel.  He is concerned that imprudent expectations could cause harm both at the local and international level.   The Mayan spiritual council hopes to inspire Cantel’s population to embrace and commemorate their ancestor’s traditions and deter an atmosphere of uncertainty that is creating a rift in the community.

GCN has been invited by the community to work and celebrate side-by-side with members of the Mayan Center for Peace December 29, 2011-January 7, 2012. GCN is offering 2 trips at a discounted rate of 50% off the program rate of $1,950.  To be eligible for one of the two grants, send us an essay that describes how you will “pay it forward” and share the voices of the Mayan community in your local community after your trip.

There is no entry fee required and all entries must be a minimum of 400 words in length.  The deadline for submissions is October 14th  at 5pm CST. 

A GCN committee will review essays and select the top two participants based on the criteria of compelling narrative and the feasibility of the “pay it forward” action plan.  Selected participants must be able to pay the remaining $975 program fee and all travel expenses outside of GCN programs (including international airfare).

The top two selected participants will also have their experience featured in future GCN newsletters and/or on our website.  Selected participants will be notified individually during the week of October 17th.

How to apply:  Essay entries must be submitted in electronic format (MS Word, Word Perfect of Microsoft Works document.)   Please include your name and contact information.  Email your entry

Contact us with questions or 612-436-8274