service learning

Trivia Tuesdays: China

There are 146 volunteers in China working with their communities on education projects. During their service in China, volunteers learn to speak Mandarin Chinese. More than 995 Peace Corps volunteers have served in China since the program was established in 1993. Currently, there are openings for the Secondary English Teaching program in 2016. 

Peace Corps is currently seeking Secondary English Education teachers who can help with literature, creative writing and even research.  If you are interested in putting your teaching and skills to work, here are a few facts about the country:

China is often considered the longest continuous civilization, with some historians marking 6000 B.C. as the dawn of Chinese civilization. It also has the world’s longest continuously used written language.

China is also known as the “Flowery Kingdom” and many of the fruits and flowers (such as the orange and orchid) are now grown all over the world.

Toilet paper was invented in China in the late 1300s. It was for emperors only.

Cricket fighting is a popular amusement in China. Many Chinese children keep crickets as pets.

The Chinese were using the decimal system as early as the fourteenth century B.C., nearly 2,300 years before the first known use of the system in European mathematics. The Chinese were also the first to use a place for zero.

The longest river in China is the 3,494-mile Yangtze (Changjian) River and the 2,903-mile-long Yellow (Huanghe) River.

melancholicmai asked:

Hi, I'm taking Ochem 2 and Analytical Chem in the Spring and was wondering if you have any helpful online chem resources for all the nerds out there. :D


StudyBlue - This just really makes flashcards but I used it for inorganic a lot. If you have a smart phone, you can make your backs/fronts as snapped photos which is amazing for untypeable things (rxns). It reminds you to study and tracks your learning. Basic service is free, you can pay for more bells and whistles.

KhanAcademy - A staple. 

Mark Rosengarten - A silly chemist with tons of silly music videos. Some organic. Many catchy songs and a terribly catchy one about electrochemistry that is impossible to forget. 

AFM Basics - Used in my Advanced Analytical Techniques

Sigma Aldrich Solution Dilution Calculator - might be handy for some analytical labs or problem sets. 

Master Organic Chemistry Resource List - This has more than I could compile personally. Looks amazing, probably will crack into some of it myself.

Anybody is welcome to add more! Organic resources will be marginally easier to find than analytical. Also, beware – some analytical classes are entirely instrumental, some include more “classic” techniques as well so you might look for a breadth of resources on that front.

Watch on

The passion to help others is what UALR’s community service fair is all about.

Freshman Brent Jones is signing up for Big Brothers Big Sisters that he was part of for 9 years. 

“My father wasn’t in the picture so, it was good to have a role model to look up to,” says Brent Jones. “I’m actually still in contact with my big brother; he moved to Alaska and is part of the Air Force." 

According to an Arkansas survey, about 62 percent of volunteers are direct service-volunteers, meaning they tutor, mentor, or serve food. Arkansas Food Bank Outreach coordinator Kathy Kaigler says her organization desperately needs those types of volunteers.

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New Orleans

Last year I joined a group that goes to New Orleans yearly…I loved it. We helped clean up after Katrina. I could go on forever about the projects, the people, the experiences, the lessons, and the memories. I expect I will every now and then. But right now I miss it. Just working to help, leaving everything behind, the silly stresses, the annoyances, everything to go to a city that welcomes you and do everything you can to make it better to forget about yourself and your life for 8 days. Where everyone else and there happiness and well being comes before yours. It’s wonderful and I can not wait to go back. NOLA <3

This Week....

This week i spent a whole week in a special school for children and teenagers with disabilities for our service learning as part of the curriculum at our school. At first i was hesitant to walk in those doors with my friend Mary as i really didnt know what i was going to experience or expect to see. When i first walked into room 7 i saw 6 children either in wheelchairs or laying on the trampoline in the classroom. None of them can talk and only one out of the seven children in that class can walk. It was really quite confronting at first and i felt really bad about myself before coming into that classroom for not really accepting kids with disabilities. As the week went on i grew close to the kids even though they didnt respond back to me i felt like i had been there forever. I learnt to accept kids with disabilites and i felt very confident with them by the end of it. They are such happy children and my problems seem so minor compared to what they have to face everyday of their lives. That they have to live with it the rest of their lives yet they are so used to this experience i could never comprehend what it would be like to be them. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and i wanted to stay their so much longer and im actually a bit upset that i cant go back there next week. They are so inspirational and are such lovely children and now i have such a better and loving care for those living with any sort of condition.
I love you all the children and staff of room 7 :) Thankyou for having me for the whole week!

Poem about fried rice

I’m taking a service learning class…food for thought.  Yea, it’s pretty ridiculous, but yet, very fascinating.  Food is something our nation is obsess about.  It is something we kind of overlook and other countries desperately need.  The culinary world has a long magnificent history of the first primitive people cooking their meat to harvesting crops to putting ingredients together to make yummy morels.  Human beings are the only creature that put effort, like mixing ingredients and heating, to create their meals.

Anyways, I’m getting off track.

We had a quick warm-up exercise where we had to write about a food or ingredient that we feel passionately about, or unpassionately about haha.  I wrote mine on fried rice:

Fried rice,
I made you so many times
Yet, I hardly know you.
You’re like a fingerprint,
Always the same,
But different in your individual ways

There’s rice,
That’s the base.
There’s meat,
Whether it be
Chicken, beef, pork, or sausage.
There’s vegetable,
Peas, carrots, or green beans
All dancing together ritually around the fire.

They come together
In different combinations.
Mixing together in the melting pot.
No matter what goes in
You always come out
In a delicious harmony
Of perfection

Oh yea, it’s that ridiculous…I hope you enjoy it!

Apply today for the UUSC- Unitarian Universalist Association trip to Haiti this December 3-10! The application deadline is October 10th.

On a weeklong trip, participants will work with members of the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP), a UUSC partner, on projects to help former Port-au-Prince residents build new lives in rural Haiti.

Every morning, you will work with Haitian peasants to build new homes, construct food gardens from old tires, or contribute to other sustainability projects. The afternoons will be spent in dialogue with local MPP members. In the evenings, you will talk about your work and learning experiences with other trip members.

Photo: UUSC-UUA Haiti Youth and Young Adult Trip, August 2011. To see all the photos from that trip, visit our Facebook photo album.

Semester Goals

This semester I have planned out a lot of goals for myself since there is so much to get done. College applications are here and now, meaning that the transfer process needs to get started as soon as possible. Usually, the first round of application deadlines is in November. I am determined to make this deadline by beginning my applications early and having them ready to submit as soon as possible. Aside from preparing transfer documents and essays there is still the semester to keep up with. I am currently taking five classes, which I hope to pass by the end of the semester. Maintaining those good grades is very important! Another goal I have set for my self is to apply to the Austria-Salzburg seminar. Last year I was lucky enough to attend the Washington seminar. With the skills and information I learned from that wonderful experience I feel that I am ready to take things to an international level. I am also hoping to advance my creative skills this semester. On the literary aspect, my goal is to get at least one of my works published in the school’s magazine, Miambiance. I am currently taking Creative Writing 2, which should help me accomplish this goal with the critique and review from my professor and classmates. Regarding art, I am hoping to finally settle down and compile my art portfolio. It is important to have that ready, especially with applications coming up. Additionally, I have selected to do a Studio Art project for my Art History 2 class. This will result in at least one new piece for my portfolio, but I am hoping that through the process I’ll be able to create more. I am also excited about Service Learning this semester. Last Fall I volunteered at the International Book Fair and I am very excited to volunteer this Fall again. Being more familiar with the process I am hoping to sign up early and request my station. If I’m lucky I might even be able to get an interview with an author or two for my Creative Writing class. In order to accomplish all these goals I need to begin with my main focus which is improving my time management. By focusing and getting things done early I’m sure I will be able to accomplish all the goals I have set for myself.

Docebo inbound Doha whereas Assimilate HR Dialogue

To help be acquainted with the challenges posed to earthling resource (HR) professionals by today’s challenging economic conditions, new approaches towards management and leadership, and the increasing use on technology, delegates less around the world are session at the Concorde Hotel Doha, mutual regard Qatar, on March 17, for the HR Trends Symposium.

Exploring how these trends are changing the ways that business operates, the Sit-in ardor bluffing the teletypewriter questions:
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€ What can be learned against HR practices around the world?

Contributing to the discussion is Claudio Erba, CEO of Docebo (, the country-wide e-learning solutions provider. Minus 10.15am, way the hotel’s Ras Laffan Halls, he will present a sheet on €facing the without omission economic financial crisis through human resource and enterprise process humanization’.

€In today’s post-industrial era, on easy street organizations understand the repute regarding a people-centric approach passage workplace and holding company processes,€ he says. €In this respect, e-learning is the enabler that helps the re-humanizing of business processes.€

Erba will be presenting the results of recent Docebo research into the e-learning rural market. Among the research’s findings are that:
€ The world dealing for self-paced e-learning, some $35.6bn up-to-the-minute 2011, is uttered to subsist swelling, overall, at measured 7.6% a year, with the most geodetic maturation happening adit Asia, followed by Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America.
€ The world wall street for learning management systems (LMS) is currently worth plural $2.55bn a year.
€ The e-learning sector worldwide has received some $6bn as for set at hazard capital since 2009.

€The current promptitude of change means that employees need to persist conversant continuously with order for companies to avoid the dangers upon being out-thought and out-maneuvered by competitors,€ says Erba.

€We maintain these improvement initiatives need to be met with monitored and managed via a proportionate and reliable tracking all. This system’s bug can be put by, consulted and analyzed for coordinate things as well management reports on productivity and for assessing individuals’ career advancement.€

Docebo order and so be exhibiting its products and services during the Symposium. Hitherto, it favored the latest version - 6.2 - on its e-learning platform: a liberal education management system (LMS) Cloud Solution which supports Enterprise Learning save end-to-end.

In January this year, Docebo version 6.1 was placed seventh in the world’s acme 50 learning management systems (LMSs), by the independent market analyst Craig Weiss, touching E-learning 24\7. Despite Docebo 6.1’s important stationary among the world’s LMSs, the new version contains numerous improvements and enhancements.

Docebo 6.2’s Enterprise Camouflage Solution (ECS) offers greater and greater flexible pricing options and enables organizations up to achieve improved performance via such things as an ILT-Classroom App, which allows trainers to organize Courses and Sessions, Classrooms, Locations, Enrollments, Assessments and Evaluations.

€Today’s workforce needs knowledge, skills and abilities that are aligned with handicraft objectives, while managers need to billiard parlor the effectiveness of learning programmes,€ says Josh Squires, Docebo’s Chief Operating Fuzz, EMEA.

€our approach helps re-humanize business processes past e-learning as companies become more people-centric. That’s why future versions of Docebo’s platform will take account of the growing trend towards gamification and farther integrate with social learning and salesforce software.€

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#InstagrammingAfrica: The Narcissism of Global Voluntourism

VOLUNTOURISM IS ULTIMATELY ABOUT the fulfillment of the volunteers themselves, not necessarily what they bring to the communities they visit. In fact, medical volunteerism often breaks down existing local health systems. In Ghana, I realized that local people weren’t purchasing health insurance, since they knew there would be free foreign health care and medications available every few months. This left them vulnerable in the intervening times, not to mention when the organization would leave the community.

In the end, the Africa we voluntourists photograph isn’t a real place at all. It is an imaginary geography whose landscapes are forged by colonialism, as well as a good deal of narcissism.

No Kid Hungry Art & Writing Contest (Teens)

Teachers, challenge your students to take action against childhood hunger and enter our art and writing contest. Winning students will earn scholarships and cash for their schools by creating their own original entries. Enter Now

When was the last time that one of your assignments truly had the power to change a child’s life?

More than 16 million kids in the United States live in households that struggle to put food on the table. That’s one out of every five kids.

Your students can make a difference! Start by talking with them about hunger and activism. Check out the following teaching resources and get facts and lesson ideas to help you get started.

Indeed, some of your students may have experienced hunger themselves or have a personal connection to this important issue. After learning more about childhood hunger in the United States, challenge your students to respond to the following prompt:

Childhood hunger is an epidemic that’s threatening our country’s future. One in five children and teens regularly have to worry about having enough to eat. Hunger prevents kids from reaching their full potential, and it affects their learning, behavior and optimism for the future. Through writing and/or art, create an original work that addresses the problem of childhood hunger in the United States. How has hunger affected your life or the lives of other teens and children? How can you and other teens THINK BIG—beyond canned-food drives or community food pantries that feed a child for a day—to imagine solutions that could end childhood hunger in this country?

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We all may not realize it, but numerous studies have shown that service learning is an effective teaching and learning strategy that addresses countless concerns about our public education system. From closing our achievement gap to instilling a positive mindset, service learning can become a remedy to engage and prepare our youth for their post high school careers. 

Here is a link to an interesting article from the Huffington Post written by Steven Culbertson, president and CEO of Youth Service America, a nonprofit that improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of youth involved in service and service-learning. I encourage you to read and remind yourself how your life has changed because of Key Club and servant leadership :,)

anonymous asked:

Going with your thing about bosses, I want to know as a person with a learning disability: 1) when your boss asks you to come in on a day off, and you mentally just can't, how do you politely say no? And 2) How do you get over the guilt of saying no?

Dear sweet anon.

I’m autistic so I know that feeling. Firstly laws vary from place to place when it comes to disability so I can’t give a definitive answer on this. If you’ve been diagnosed then you should be able to get a letter in writing from your doctor or therapist stating your needs. You probably won’t need this in order to say no but its your ace in the hole if your boss gives you trouble.

Your days off are yours. You need them to recoup. If they call up asking all you have to tell them is sorry but no. Frequently I’ll make up an excuse like I’m babysitting my niece so it looks like I can’t. Don’t mention your mental health when saying no. A simple polite I’m sorry but I can’t come in today will suffice.

As for the guilt, I’m not too sure about that one matey. You know you need that day off even if that voice in the back of your head won’t shut up. And it can ruin a good day. A lot of that might be internalised ableism and doubt about your own level of disability. Just remember you have the right to say no to things you can’t do.

Barriers and Boundaries

Our first visit to the townships immediately prompted confusion and questions. How do you act when you’re interacting with residents? How do you communicate? Should you communicate? Can you communicate without insulting? I was incredibly uncomfortable. This immediately created barriers. Barriers that are unnecessary and tiring.

We toured the townships on a small bus, which seemed like the first mistake. It fueled a feeling of being on the outside looking in. Rather than engaging with the residents for the majority of the day, we were simply gawking at our surroundings, taking pictures here and there. It was voyeurism at its worst.

It wasn’t until we stopped at Rosie’s kitchen in Khayelitsha that I began to feel any sense of normality. Rosie was born and raised in the township. She has been running her kitchen for the past twenty years (see photos below). The aim of her operation is to provide some sustenance for kids, who are constantly battling hunger. Three times a day, Rosie and volunteer residents serve up basic meals for the kids in the neighborhood. Rosie charges a price of 60 cents. If the child doesn’t have the money, she requires labor that ranges from preparing the meals to work around her house.

We arrived for the afternoon meal of peanut butter and bread; the kids knew we were coming. They greeted us with wide smiles and excitement. Initially, I reacted with a very guarded manner, but kids are kids. Their happiness was contagious, and, in no time, I was off playing soccer in the street.

I’m sure that this won’t be the last time I find myself flooded with the initial uncomfortable feelings, but I need to remember how insignificant I am in the context of these townships. At the most, my actions will have incredibly minor effects. I can never approach these opportunities reserved or timid because the only result will be more barriers and boundaries. There are more than enough as it is. I’m looking forward to exploring service learning at a more intimate level in the classroom and at Abalimi.

Facing the Future - Service Learning: Poverty Facts and Actions

Fast Facts about Poverty

  • Even though enough food is produced worldwide to provide everyone with an adequate diet, 854 million people, or one in seven, go hungry. Many more suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies caused by an inadequate diet. Poverty is the main cause of hunger because the poor lack the resources to grow or purchase the food they need. (International Food Policy Research Institute)
  • 18% of young children in the United States (almost one in five) live in poverty. This means that the household income for a family of three falls below the federal poverty line of $16,079. Such poverty results in hunger, malnutrition, and stunted growth. Children who grow up in poverty are also more likely to struggle in school, have children sooner, and have larger families. They are also more likely to be impoverished themselves as adults. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • In the United States, income gaps between high- and low-income families have widened in 46 states since the late 1970s. In 2004, the average income of families in the top 20% of households was $155,200, or more than 10 times that of the poorest 20% of families, which earned an average income of $14,700. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Quick Actions to Alleviate Poverty

  • Shop with your conscience
    Purchasing products from small and independently owned businesses ensures that money goes directly to individuals and not to large corporations. Try to purchase items online or in stores that support poor people around the world. Stores that provide such gifts include: 
    Global Exchange Fair Trade Online Store – An online store that sells crafts from around the world and promises that a fair share of the profit goes to the artisans who created the products.
    Ten Thousand Villages – A nonprofit alternative trading organization that provides fair income to artisans in developing countries by selling their crafts and telling their stories in North America.
  • Help others help themselves: provide a small business grant or micro-loan 
    Many people who are living in poverty and want to start a business do not qualify for traditional bank loans. Providing small amounts of money as a loan or a grant can help lift such people out of poverty. For as little as $50, people have started small businesses that provide income for themselves and their families. When poor families have additional income, a common result is that nutrition improves and children can go to school. Here are a few of the many organizations working with microfinance: 
    Finca International provides loans mostly to groups of women who start small cottage industries, learn business skills, and improve their standard of living.
    Grameen Bank lends small amounts of money to people in Bangladesh to begin small businesses. The Grameen Foundation partners with microfinance institutions around the world and leads technology initiatives such as the Village Phone project.
    Trickle Up helps people living on less than a dollar a day to take the first steps out of poverty, by providing them with resources to build microenterprises for a better quality of life. The organization partners with local agencies to provide business training, seed capital, and savings support.

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