- January 10, 2014
- Posted by: Kate Otto
- Category: Ambassador, Field Notes
Today’s post comes from our friends at http://learningservice.info/, who are flipping traditional “service learning” on its head to create a world with more sustainable, responsible, effective international volunteerism! We hope you will apply to become a Learning Service Ambassador, a fantastic opportunity to be part of this exciting, important, and super-EA-esque movement.
Everyday more and more people embark on overseas journeys looking for ways to ‘give back’.
Some swap traditional spring breaks for service-oriented experiences while others may add a few days volunteering to their itineraries. As an Everyday Ambassador you already realize the importance of creating common ground with the communities you’d like to serve.
As our name suggests, “Learning Service” also believes we must learn before we can help. If we don’t research our options thoroughly, understand the context and culture of the communities we visit, and ensure that our skills and experience match the needs, volunteering can be wasteful, and at worst, cause a lot of harm.
For the past few months we’ve been hard at work creating the “Know Before You Go” video competition designed to help you make smart, informed decisions when you travel and volunteer. This week we began a new initiative, in which we will release one Learning Service video per week along with a single-question quiz. After watching, viewers can answer a question about the video and those who answer the question correctly will be entered in a prize drawing.
Now we need your help to spread the word! We are looking for 10 students, recent graduates, or passionate volunteers who are interested in creating conversations around responsible international volunteering. The Learning Service Ambassador role includes working with our team to promote the video contest, engage in online conversations around service, and work with a global team to help spread some valuable learning material around the world!
– Join our team conference call for 30 minutes if you are able (20 Jan – time TBD based on location of callers)
– Commit to a role on the team helping to spread the Learning Service material (Minimum 1 hour per week for the next six weeks)
Interns who successfully complete their commitments will:
– Get the experience of being part of a dynamic international team
– Receive a letter of reference based on their performance (for all who complete the tasks they commit to)
– Get to promote valuable learning materials to their peers and beyond.
Join us if you are interested in shaping global conversations around responsible international service! Apply by January 17, 2014.