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Allbritton Talks: Do-Gooders Abroad

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Many people, particularly Westerners, travel to the developing world each year to volunteer with NGOs and assist communities in need. However, critics of “voluntourism” warn that the self-satisfaction, thrill, and social media attention gained through service may come at the cost of real progress and make a spectacle of poverty. Others defend the good intentions and positive impact of volunteers, arguing that the trips also promote cross-cultural understanding, support local economies, and inspire participants to keep fighting poverty at home and abroad.

Under what circumstances might we find voluntourism beneficial and fair, or counterproductive and unethical? Does it matter whether volunteers are motivated by self-interest if their work does indeed make a difference?

Bring your experiences with and concerns about international service work (or service in general) to the table on Friday for the next session of Allbritton Talks! There will be pizza.

Date: Friday, February 13
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 311
Cost: Free!

Homelessness in Middletown: Film Screening, Personal Accounts, and Discussion

Evan Bieder ’15 and Fred Ayres ’17 want you to join them for discussion and food:Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 11.14.18 AM

According to the American Institutes for Research, children make up 40% of the homeless population in the U.S. If you’d like to discuss the realities of homelessness in the local Middletown community, please join us next Wednesday, February 11th, for a screening of “Home at Last?”, a short PBS documentary that explores current housing models.

Following the film, members of the L.E.A.D. group (current and former members of the homeless community in Middletown) will reflect on their experiences and hold a Q&A.

The event will take place in PAC002 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Dinner will be provided by Tandoor.

If enough people show up, Fred will reveal his audition tape for “So You Think You Can Dance,” so come!

Date: Wednesday, February 11th
Time: 7pm
Place: PAC 002

YMCA Andre’s All-Stars

AndreDrummondPistons_Knicks020413It only took one well-timed and compliment laden email from Noam “LSDefense” Sandweiss-Back ’15 to convince me to post this awesome opportunity:

NBA SUPERSTAR and dreamboat Andre Drummond [Ed note: who is the same age as most Wes 2015ers!!!] recently endowed an after school program at the Middletown YMCA. From Monday to Thursday the program will offer middle-school students academic tutoring and play/recreation time. We’re looking for tutors, athletes, and anyone skilled in running around for a couple hours to help get the program off the ground. Hit up nsandweissba[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you’re interested, and come by the Office of Community Service in Allbritton floor 3 on Thursday, 6 PM to learn more!

Date: Thursday February 5th
Time: 6 PM
Place: OCS (Allb. 3rd floor)

Traverse Square Tutoring Program

Flash-1_stu_cos_2000.0041-copy-2From Arjun Ramrup ’15:

The Traverse Square Afterschool Tutoring Program currently has paid positions for federal-work-study students as well as volunteer positions for non-work study students. We’re searching particularly for individuals who can work Monday and Wednesday, but are open to any and all applicants!

Traverse Square generally tutors from 4-6; Monday-Thursday, and does fun extracurricular programs with the kids on Friday. It’s a two day a week commitment, but you can do more if you’d like!

Please inquire at traversesquare[at]gmail[dot]com for any and all questions!

In Depth: Middletown Potluck

This is another installment in our series of interviews with student groups at Wesleyan.

I sat down last week with Ari Ebstein ’16 and Yael Horowitz ’17 to talk about the Middletown Potluck group. With a big fundraiser underway and an upcoming potluck (today from 6-8pm!) we had much to talk about with regards to social justice, sharing food, and funding a homeless lockers campaign.

Middletown potluck is a group dedicated to building a community between Middletown residents and Wesleyan students.  Based strongly out of 200 church, the group began spring semester of 2013. Since its inception the group has already hosted six potlucks, each with a certain theme. Ari explained choosing the themes, “In the beginning we didn’t really have any community connections so the first ideas we had were ours. But since then we have really tried to get the Middletown community involved in deciding.  It’s about being able to facilitate dinners and themes that emerge from the community.”

Wes-Gilead Alliance Info Session!

An invitation from Siri Carr ’15:

Take a study break this Sunday at 2pm to find out about the one and only WES-GILEAD ALLIANCE!!! There will be FREE COOKIES!!!
What is the Wes-Gilead Alliance, you may ask? The WGA is a student-run organization that works with Gilead Community Services in Middletown to pair Wes students up with a member of the Middletown community who is receiving Gilead services to help with their mental illness. It’s a buddy program that works to form rewarding relationships between Wesleyan and Gilead buddies as a way of helping them get rehabilitated back into society. Buddy meet-ups may include going on a walk, sharing a meal together, seeing a movie, going to a sporting event…almost anything goes!
If this tickles your fancy, stop on by Judd 113 on Sunday at 2pm to find out more! Attendance at this meeting does not require you to join WGA – this is just an info session to gauge interest for recruiting new members for next semester!

Date: Sunday (today!), December 8
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Place: Judd Hall, rm. 113

Changing Lives with Clean Water Information Session

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From Civic Engagement Fellow Jelisa Adair ’13:

Interested in volunteering in Africa?  Want to learn more about the global water crisis?  Looking for experience working in the field and want to make a sustainable impact?  Come to an information session about the Community Water Solutions (CWS) Fellowship Program!

The CWS Fellowship Program is a three-week volunteer trip in Northern Region Ghana. The purpose of the program is to teach students about the water crisis while giving them an opportunity to make a significant, lasting impact on this global problem.

Fellows are grouped in teams of four and paired with a rural community in Northern Region Ghana. Each team works with their community to build a water treatment business and train local women entrepreneurs how to run it. By the end of the 3 week program, each team will have provided a permanent source of safe drinking water for an entire community (approx. 1,000 people)! Over the past 3 years, CWS has hosted 179 Fellows in Ghana who have launched 50 water businesses in rural villages. Check out this video to learn more about the CWS and the Fellowship!

CWS hosts two programs in Ghana each year: The Winter Program, which takes place from December 28th-January 19th and the Summer Program which takes place from May 29th-June 19th. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to apply now!

Date: Today, November 12th
Time: 4:15pm
Place: Allbritton 004
Link: REGISTER HERE

Germinal Fund: Informational Meeting

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Here’s a message from my good friend, Jason… wait for it…. Brandner ’16:

If you are interested in community service, consulting, or microfinance come to Allbritton 022 this Tuesday at 8pm for an informational meeting of the Germinal Fund. We are a new student run not for profit offering low interest microloans and probono consulting services to entrepreneurs in the Middletown community! No experience is required, we will be holding training sessions for our members. Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, you can contact me at jbrandner(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Date: September 17th
Time: 8PM
Place: Albritton 022

“Something for you to do!”: WEServe Week of Service Starts Today

Ayo, Tony Yayofia Warren ’13 wants you to lend a helping  hand/foot/intellect:

WEServe Week of Service is a celebration of all the service work done every day by Wesleyan students and alum. Join with others in your area for a service project, anytime between January 20th and January 26th! There are a wide variety of events already registered, so get together with some friends (Wesleyan-related or not) and get out into the community!
For more information, check out the homepage.
January 20th-January 26th, everywhere, no cost!
Dates: January 20th-January 26th, everywhere, no cost!
Times: Various
Place: January 20th-January 26th, everywhere, no cost!
Cost: January 20th-January 26th, everywhere, no cost!