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Info Sessions: Volunteer Abroad Programs!

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The 2012-2013 Learning Abroad Center Volunteer Abroad Programs Have Been Finalized! Come find out more about the Winter Break and Spring Break opportunities in Ecuador, Guatemala and Ghana!

April 19 at 4 p.m.
110 and 214 Heller Hall

Spend your break making a difference! Learn more about new volunteer opportunities available for Winter Break and Spring Break. These short-term, non-credit programs will go to Ghana in the winter and Ecuador and Guatemala during Spring Break. LAC staff and partner organizations will be on hand to answer your questions. Join us for any or all sessions that interest you. Pizza will be provided. For more information, contact Scott Daby at

Guatemala (4 p.m., 110 Heller Hall)
- Enjoy the picturesque, colonial city of Antigua next spring break while volunteering, taking informal Spanish language lessons, and exploring Guatemala culture through a homestay.
- Personalize your volunteer experience by engaging in an area of interest to you, such as health, education, construction, and social work.

Ecuador (4:20 p.m., 110 Heller Hall)
- Engage with the local community through volunteering, host family stay, and excursions near Otavalo, home of Ecuador's largest artisan market
- Volunteer placements may include education, sustainable resource management, social services, and public health.

Ghana (4:40 p.m., 214 Heller Hall)
- Spend nearly 2 weeks in the heart of the culturally rich Ashanti Region in Kumasi, Ghana volunteering at a locally-run school and orphanage.
- Experience Ghanaian music and dance, language, and tradition cooking classes. Visit local and national sites on day trips and an overnight excursion.

Up-Coming Events & Opportunities - Save The Date!

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Study in New York This Summer!
3-credit summer internship course in New York City this summer! This will be an inter-cultural experience with international students studying at the UM and domestic students from the UM. This course will count as the Field Experience course for the leadership minor. If you have not taken Leadership, You, and Your Community, you are still eligible to apply for this 2012 summer course.

Send all questions and application requests to June Nobbe,

On-Campus Events

GLBTQ Ally Training 101
Fri, March 23, Noon-4:00 PM
Appleby Hall 3 Ally Training Logo

Ally Training 101 provides a space to gain knowledge and skills about gender and sexual diversity, and to ask questions and engage in conversations we don't often have the chance to explore. Participants learn about GLBTQA communities, think critically about gender and sexuality, discuss language and privilege, reframe myths and stereotypes, and explore how we can be allies to each other across identities and experiences. Attendees leave the training with newfound awareness and concrete steps they can take to help make our campus and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone. This session is free and open to the public. Free food (including vegan and gluten-free options), educational materials and Ally stickers/buttons will be provided! To register, please email with your name, email, and University or community affiliation.

Living Green Film Festival
When: Saturday, March 24th
Where: Science Teaching and Student Services Building
The films: "Tapped," an unflinching look at the business of bottled water; "Fresh," new thinking about what we're eating; and "Mother Nature's Child," growing outdoors in the media age, will each screen at 12pm and 2pm. Sponsored by Housing & Residential Life and co-sponsored by the Women's Center and others. For more information, visit

Girls Like Us (Panel Discussion)
When: Monday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m
Where: Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union.
An important prelude to Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the Aurora Center, along with the Women's Center and others, sponsors this panel discussion regarding issues of race and privilege as it relates to domestic trafficking. People of all opinions are welcome! FFI: www.umn.ed

Students interested in careers in writing and information design will want to know about this event.
Thank you for forwarding this message to interested students.

What can I do with a Certificate or Master of Science degree
in Scientific & Technical Communication?

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 12:00-1:30
Nolte Center, 315 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis Campus, University of Minnesota

The event is free and includes a pizza lunch.
Join past, current, and prospective students--plus community partners from business and industry--
to learn how writers and problem solvers in S&TC start and advance their careers.

What are hiring managers looking for?
What should be in my portfolio?
Best and worst cover letter ideas.
The technical communication job outlook.

Please RSVP to with RSVP in the subject line.

Save the Date for On-Campus Events! (via International Bulletin)

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The International Bulletin is a compilation of international groups, events and engagement opportunities on or around campus. Click on the red links for the complete description on the International Bulletin website.

Featured Student International Opportunity
Minnesota Cuban Film Festival

Events on Campus
Famine Relief, Prevention and Remittances for the Horn of Africa
Social, Economic and Cultural Impacts on Ecuadorian Immigrants in the U.S.
The Changing Nature of Global Integration
Global Health Programs with Child Family Health International Information Session
"'Listen to My Rap': M.anfest and the Creative Legacy of J. H. Kwabena Nketia"
Kantata Takwa (Indonesia 1992/2008) with Director Q&A
State of Iberoamerican Studies Series: Human Rights across the Disciplines
New Summer Study Abroad Programs in Tanzania
Latin American Speaker Series: Jeffrey Pilcher
Nobel Peace Prize Forum: 'AvantJazz for Peace': Improvising Visions of a World without War
TEMS Work-in-Progress Seminar: Dead Time - Daniel Brewer, French and Italian
Goethe and the Ten Commandments: Germans and the Myth of Jewish Exclusiveness
Up the Yangtze (Dir. Yung Chang, 2007)
Engaging Controversies: Everybody's Second Language? Cross-Cultural and Multilingual Perspectives on Academic Writing
Birthing a Language: The Path to Multilingualism
Meet and Greet for Norwegian Educators
Claire Nouvet, "Annihilation Through Consumption: Dalí's Double Game"
Spanish & Portuguese Research Group (SPRG) Forum
Presentation by Indonesian filmaker Gotot Prakosa
Small World Coffee Hour: Bulgarian Spring Celebration
Diversity Internship Fair
Back on the Agenda? The Imperative of the Middle East Refugee Question

Scholarships and Engagement Opportunities
Students Crossing Borders Living Learning Community
2012 Dunn Peace Research Scholarship
Cross-Cultural Leadership Retreat
2012-2013 Small World Coffee Hour, Team Member Opportunity
2012-2013 Small World Coffee Hour Leadership Position!

May Session Course Offered: "Global Leadership for Social Change-A Cedar-Riverside Immersion"

If you have any questions or problems with the links, please send me an email at - I hope you enjoy the awesome opportunities!

Semester At Sea - Study Abroad & Travel the World

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Are you interested in furthering your leadership development? Do you have a passion for making positive social change? Do you want to learn about leadership in an international context? If so, this is the program for you!

Join a dynamic group of undergraduate student leaders from across the world and take the adventure of your life aboard the MV Explorer, the home of Semester at Sea!

ACPA and Semester at Sea have joined forces to provide this unique opportunity for student leaders. This program is designed to give students hands-on experience of working and learning collaboratively on a voyage through Central America and the Caribbean. With a focus on adaptive leadership, you will learn to help address major issues affecting our world that are in line with the United Nations Millennium Goals. Throughout the voyage, you will have the opportunity to meet and connect with others interested in positive social change, learn from an engaging faculty member experienced in college student leadership development, and participate in service-learning opportunities and site visits.

If you are interested in expanding your skills and continuing to grow as a leader, we strongly encourage you to participate. This course promises to be life-changing, and you will be able to take what you learn back to your campus and make a difference within your home community. Space is limited, so make sure that you sign up to SAAIL today!

Application Deadline: March 5, 2012
Space is very limited. Apply Today!

Trip would be from May 21 - June 15, 2012 and would travel to Central & South America.

Community Volunteering & NSE (National Student Exchange!)

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Volunteer Opportunities with CIVITAS
CIVITAS is a collaboration of students connecting students and their lives on and off-campus through community involvement in local neighborhoods. Every time you volunteer through Civitas, you will be put in a drawing for a raffle! Raffle prizes include but are not limited to gift cards to local stores and restaurants!

Shovel Brigade
Please send an e-mail if you are interested in helping some of our less able bodied neighbors when it snows by shoveling their walks. We can set you up with a shovel buddy in no time!

Interested in spreading the word about awesome neighborhood events and notices? Fliering is an effective and easy way to get involved in the community! Let me know if you are interested in helping our community raise awareness of events and notices by fliering on your block! Some fliers will be dropped right at your door.

If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Terry at

WISE Charter School in North Minneapolis is looking for college student volunteers to be tutors to the students at WISE Charter School. Tutors will be working with the Acceleration Program with students after school on reading. The Acceleration Program runs from 3:05-4:35, Monday- Friday. This is a great way for you to build your resume, gain experience in a school setting, be a role model to minority youth and help make a difference in the community.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Kenya Ollie at kollie@WISESCHOOL.ORG.

National Student Exchange (NSE) offers U of M students the opportunity to study at another college or university in the US or Canada for a semester or year. For nearly 30 years, the U of M has sent thousands of students to the diverse array of NSE schools.

This offers a unique opportunity for you to study at a more diverse example. Here's a few examples:

- There are 13 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).
- There are over 30 Predominantly Latino/Hispanic Serving Institutions, including 9 schools in Puerto Rico where classes are taught entirely in Spanish.

For more information, visit:
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact David Holliday at

Things to keep in mind this week (via UMN Update)

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Academics Related: Study Abroad + Study Spaces

May and Summer Study Abroad Information Session
Learn more about study abroad opportunities for May and Summer term. More than 30 exciting programs will be represented, from Japan to Morocco to Italy. Meet the professors leading them. All opportunities grant University of Minnesota resident credit and may count towards language, major/minor or liberal education requirements! February 22, 101 Walter Library, 12:30 p.m.

Looking for a place to study or work collaboratively?
Check out the Libraries: With 14+ locations there are study spaces to meet your needs....Group? Quiet? Deep Quiet? Caffeinated? Late night? Its all at the libraries! General study space: Look no further than the comfortable and functional student study space right here on campus! You can also use general purpose classrooms - just check the schedule to see when they are available.

Campus Events & Activities

Safer Sex Week: February 6-10
For Safer Sex Week 2012, protective gear is required! Check out the list of FREE Safer Sex Week events!

I Like to Move It!, The Health Advocates Physical Activity Challenge
Track your physical activity in February and win prizes! For a calendar, list of free activities on campus, list of prizes, and more information, click here. Brought to you by Health Advocates, Boynton Health Service, Recreational Sports, Housing and Residential Life, and

Jobs & Job / Intern Related Events

Apply for the SUA Program Board
Get paid to plan events like Homecoming, Spring Jam, Gophers After Dark, concerts, films, gallery exhibits, and more. Applications for the Student Unions & Activities Program Board are open now through February 17.

2012 CTS Transportation Career Expo
Transportation Career Fair Tuesday, February 28, 4:30 - 7:15 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. Meet employers hiring interns and full-time employees for the transportation field. A transportation panel will proceed the job fair to discuss strategies to apply for positions. Open to students from all University of Minnesota Campuses! Learn more...

Events 'To Do' & 'Save The Date'

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Events On & Off-Campus: Check'em out!

Turkey Bowl Tournament: Bowl a turkey (three strikes) to win prizes and the top bowler at the end of ever hour wins a $50 gift card at the Mall of America! Come down to Goldy's Gameroom this Saturday between 9pm and 1am to join. This event is brought to you by Goldy's Gameroom and Gophers After Dark.

Two of the GLBTQ programs in particular are still recruiting members for the year: the GLBTQ International Students & Scholars Support Group and the Trans* & Gender Nonconforming Support Group. If you're interested in joining one of these support groups, there is still time -- let us know soon at!

Please see our website or below for an up-to-date list of Fall 2011 trainings, programs and events -- including this weekend's Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference (Nov 4-6), Racial Justice, White Privilege & Being a GLBTQ Ally (Nov 10), a Bi/Pan/Fluid Sexualities & (In)Visibility Discussion (Nov 16), the 6th Annual Trans Commission Remembrance Celebration (Nov 21), and an LGBTQA Faith and Spirituality Discussion (Nov 30)!

Elimu Africa is a volunteer-run MN non-profit that fundraises and awards grants to educational organizations in Tanzania. We are looking for General Members and people to help with specific projects for the first annual fundraising event in March 2012. Get experience: working with event sponsors and a non-profit board; in non-profit event management; in graphic design making invites and programs; or just participating in a non-profit. The volunteer positions with Elimu Africa provide great experience and require varying time commitments. For more information about us: Or contact Amy Greeley, Board Member and Treasurer, to apply.

Peace Corps Volunteer Info Session
Monday, Dec. 5
5 p.m. in 110 Heller Hall
Live, learn, and work with a community overseas. Become a Peace Corps volunteer. If you can't make it to the session, contact your Campus Representative, Samantha Mills or in the Learning Abroad Center 230 Heller Hall during office hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 am-2pm.

Global Citizens Network Internship
An unpaid internship opportunity is available at Global Citizens Network in the Minneapolis office for the spring (January-August commitment preferred). A minimum of 200 hours per semester is required. Find out more here.

International Education Week
International Education Week will take place November 14-18 this year. It is an annual celebration during which University of Minnesota colleges, campuses, and student groups plan events and activities to highlight the University's support of international education. The Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS) has a leadership role in supporting and publicizing these events, and we hope you can make it to some of them.

Jobs, Mentorship & Volunteer Positions

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Stuff "to do" & Activities

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"To Apply For" Opportunities

IRSEP Scholarship Information and Deadline: Full Scholarship Exchange to Ecuador!: Apply for a full scholarship to study in Ecuador for 2012/13. Application deadline: Nov. 18, 2011. Spend a year studying in Ecuador, a naturally diverse country of volcanoes, the Amazon basin, tropical cloud forests and gorgeous Pacific coastlines. For more information, visit UMN Abroad.

Job Opportunity- La Oportunidad: Part-time after school teaching position at La Oportunidad provides you the ability to get more experience with the Latino Community in the education field. Temporary position which starts November 1 ending December 15, 2011. Classes are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 2-3pm. How to Apply: Email cover letter and resume to and to

Other Activities

$2 Tuesdays
Tue, 10/25 at Coffman Memorial Union, Goldy's Gameroom
Enjoy the ultimate Tuesday at Goldy's Gameroom. $2 billiards, pitchers of soda, curly fries and 1/2 order of cheese curds.
Sponsored by:
Goldy's Gameroom

Business Careers for CLA Majors: Attend this panel discussion to learn how a liberal arts degree can lead to a successful business career!
- Thursday, November 10
- 12:45 to 2 pm
- 121 Smith Hall

Love your major? Be a Mentor! or are you deciding on a major? Learn about your majors of interest from a peer! Learn about the Major Mentor Program.

If you do love your major, Mentors are still needed for these majors: History, Ecology Evolution and Environment, Biomedical Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics, Physiology, Marketing-Carlson, Philosophy, Neuroscience, Finance and Risk Management Investment-Carlson, Pre-Med.

Do you know anyone who is a junior or senior in these majors that would be a good mentor? Let them know about the Major Mentor Program! Have them apply!

A piece of advice

"Take a variety of introductory lib ed courses and find one that sparks your interest. If you are still unsure, try talking with professors or graduate students about your interests, they are very knowledgeable and helpful." 2011, Chemical Engineering Major Mentor

Fun Fact

On this day in 1985, the first Blockbuster video-rental store opens, in Dallas, Texas. At a time when most video stores were small-scale operations featuring a limited selection of titles, Blockbuster opened with some 8,000 tapes displayed on shelves around the store and a computerized check-out process. (Brought to you by: This Day in History,

Have something you want to promote or an event you'd like me to tweet about? Contact me at!

Career Opportunities Combining French and Business

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Planning on using French in your career, but not sure how to do it? This networking event is designed for current students, as well as all young professionals, who have an interest in pursuing a profession that uses their knowledge of French language and culture. In partnership with CLA Career Services, Carlson School of Management Undergraduate Career Center, and the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota. Join us Friday, April 22 in 1-103 Hanson Hall at 3 p.m.

Volunteer Abroad Info Session

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Meet the program advisers and find out more about brand new volunteer opportunities through the Learning Abroad Center. Join us Thursday, April 21 in 110 Heller Hall at 4 p.m.

Learn about:
Winter Break 2011-12 in Thailand: Archaeology in rural village of Northeast Thailand and 3-day excursion in and around Bangkok

Spring Break 2012 in Guatemala: Volunteer and learn spanish in the colonial city of Antigua

April's Twin Cities International Events

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Check out the April 2011 edition of the Global Mosaic put out by the Learning Abroad Center. There are tons of International Events happening in the Twin Cities this month as well as a few programs they are holding info sessions for.

Tomorrow- Teach English Abroad Info Session

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Teach English Abroad Info Session

Learn how to get a teaching job abroad. Former and current teachers will share their own stories, and visitors from organizations will talk about finding a position through an organized program. Join us Thursday, April 14, in 110 Heller Hall at 4 p.m.

May Term in Texas

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Chicano Studies 3900, May Term, May 22nd - June 3rd, 3 credits.
Travel to the Texas - Mexico Border to live, learn, and volunteer. Students will learn about the history, politics, and economics of this region. The class explores a wide range of topics to learn the complex ways issues influence and are influenced by the border, border policies, race, class, and gender. Volunteer projects are designed to expose students to how Tejanos and Mexicanos are working to improve their lives. Spanish is not required for this course.

For more information contact: Michael Duenes at

May Term Global Seminars- Deadline Extended until March 11

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Global Seminars Deadline Extended

Take advantage of faculty-led, 3-credit programs in May. But hurry: the deadline to apply is March 11.

Made in China: explore the rapid economic transformation taking place in China.
Sustainability in Northern Europe: Consider how Northern European cities integrate culture, ecology and the economy.
Symbolism in Chinese Culture: Explore the complex system of symbols and their meaning
Traveling Authors in Southwest France: Travel the routes of inspiration for important authors of the past, while authoring your own travelogue.

Summer Time is Around the Corner

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What are you doing this summer? School, travel, and work are the 3 BIG choices.

If you're interested in summer school, Tuesday, Apr. 19 is the date that you cant start to register for May and Summer courses here at the U of M.

If you plan to travel and want some help finding an international course, country, volunteer or internship program then you should get in touch with or search the Learning Abroad Center's website. They are a wonderful reference for all things abroad. Now to probably the biggest of the three choices, Work.

Chances are that most students will be working this summer and if you're not sure what you're doing or want to keep your options open, you should check out GoldPASS. You can search for over 600 internships and summer jobs.

There's lot of positions open already so don't hesitate to secure an amazing engagement opportunity this summer working, traveling, or going to school.

Habitat for Humanity- Spring Break Trip to Oregon

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Interested in traveling to Oregon with Habitat? We are looking for people to come with us to build a house in Sisters, OR! This is a great opportunity to learn about rural housing issues, and see beautiful Oregon! Trip details are below:

When: Spring Break, 2011 (March 12th - 19th)
Where: Sisters, OR
Cost: $400 - drivers get 10% ($40) off!
What we are doing: Working on a build site with the Sisters Habitat affiliate. Jobs can range from framing to insulating to painting! No constructions skills required, just a willingness to learn!

Questions? Check out their site here or email Ryan at
Hope to see you there!

Spring Break- Opportunities Still Open

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So many opportunities are still open for your spring break. Take the initiative and do something rewarding.

Here are 3 opportunities that will really bring meaning to that precious week we have off this spring:

The Student Abroad Center has 11 programs and their final deadline date isn't until March 1, so there is still time. Check out their site here to view all the programs they have for spring break. Earn 3 credits, see another country, have an experience that last a lifetime.

The Students Today Leaders Forever student group does Pay It Forward tours and you can still get in on one. These tours do amazing work for the communities you visit and you really get the opportunity to meet and get to know other University students. Check out the tours here.

The UYMCA does a series of immersion tours during spring break. You should check them out here.

Put Your Passion to Action

35 Countries, 2 months- 1 Amazing Summer

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Travel the World on Council on International Educational Exchange. Enter the Summer Travel Contest for a chance to spend your summer traveling the world on CIEE programs and telling their CIEE stories! You will tell the world their stories through video, photos, interviews and blogs. CIEE provides a daily stipend, airfare, video equipment and help you to plan your itinerary. CIEE is accepting entries from college grads with international travel experience.

If interested you will be required to submit a one-minute video showcasing your video skills as well as your personal charisma. Deadline to enter is February 15. Click here to find out more information.

Peace Corps Informational Meetings and Walk-in hours

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Here is a list of Peace Corps events at the U of M this Spring semester. They include both informational meeting and walk-in hours. If you're interested in getting involved with the Peace Corps, you should visit some of these meetings to see if it is right for you. It is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of after your undergraduate degree and gives you a chance to give back and see the world.

Wednesday, January 26 - Information Meeting
4:30 - 5:30
Heller Hall 110

Tuesday, February 8 - Information Meeting
4:30 - 5:30
Coffman 325

March - May - 50 Years of Service: Minnesota Peace Corps Volunteers
Exhibit at the Humphrey Forum
March 21 - Opening Gala: Details TBA

Tuesday, March 22 - Information Meeting
4:30 - 5:30
Coffman 325

Tuesday, April 12 - Information Meeting
4:00 - 5:00
Heller Hall 110

Wednesday, May 4 - Information Meeting
4:00 - 5:00
Mapps Coffee and Tea (1810 Riverside Ave)

Walk-in Hours (230 Heller Hall)
Tuesdays 11-1
Wednesdays 12-2
Thursdays 10-12
Or by appointment.

Feel free to contact Tysen Dauer with any comments, questions, or suggestions you may have. Tysen is the University of Minnesota Campus Peace Corps Representative. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer where he spent time in Mongolia (2008-2010). His office is 230 Heller Hall if you want to stop in a see him, email him at, or call 612.626.5311.

Also, he regularly updates all of the campus events and walk-in hours at

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