College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Research, Volunteer, and Study Abroad Opportunies 10/16/09

October 15, 2009

California State University, Monterey Bay Fieldstudy Opportunities
The Wildlands Studies Program, California State University, Monterey Bay offers a series of environmental and cultural ecology field studies this winter/spring that we invite you to join. You can choose among six wildlife, wildland and cultural ecology field studies searching for solutions to environmental and cultural challenges. Each program grants 12 upperdivision transferable units credit. Field studies take place in wildland locations throughout Hawai'i, China, Thailand, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Chile.

All of our programs, now available for your consideration, are described at our website: http://www.wildlandsstudies.com; or our catalog can be sent to you in the mail. Our email address is wildlands@wildlandsstudies.com. If you have questions about any of our programs, please feel free to get back in touch with us.


From Studying to Serving Abroad…Next Stop Peace Corps
Panel of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Wednesday, October 14th
7pm-8:30pm
MLK Student Union, Tan Oak Room, 4th Floor

Panelists will discuss their paths from studying abroad to serving others internationally in the Peace Corps. Come with questions! This is your chance to hear what it’s like to live and integrate into an overseas community.

Michelle Baptiste
Study Abroad Countries: Denmark & France
Peace Corps Country: St. Lucia 95-97

Mark Hitchcock
Study Abroad Country: Singapore
Peace Corps Country: Mauritania '03-'05

Jade Sasser
Study Abroad Country: Kenya
Peace Corps Country: Madagascar '00-'02

Caitlin Gerdts
Study Abroad Country: Spain
Peace Corps Country: Ecuador '02-'05

Richard Smith
Study Abroad Countries: England, France, Netherlands, Italy.
Peace Corps Country: Mongolia 1995-1996 returning 1997 (Spring Institute), 1999 - 2000 (UNICEF).

Cal Corps Alternative Breaks Participant Recruitment Has Begun!
Cal Corps Alternative Breaks Now Recruiting for 7 Spring Break Service Trips

Application Filing Period: October 16-22nd, 2009
Applications and info: http://students.berkeley.edu/osl/calcorps.asp?id=1094
Upcoming info sessions:

*Thursday, Oct 15, 6-7 PM, 130 Wheeler
*Tuesday, Oct 20, 5-6 PM, 123 Wheeler
*Wednesday, Oct 21, 5-6 PM, 2030 VLSB

Alternative Breaks is a student-led program that gives students the opportunity to engage in service as well as learn about underlying social issues. Student-led trips teach participants the complexities of social issues by allowing students to work, eat, and live with the people who are directly impacted by racism, poverty, and other injustices addressed in pre-trip spring DeCal courses. Each break focuses on a specific topic such as immigration, health and education, public health, and poverty. Participants often come back with new perspectives of themselves and of the world around them.

In spring 2010 there will be seven trips: Katrina Relief in New Orleans, Health and Education in Campo, Immigration reform in San Diego-Tijuana, Migrant farm labor in Central Valley, Homelessness in Sacramento and San Francisco, Food Justice in the Greater Bay Area, and Free Health Clinics in South L.A.

Questions? Please email us at altbreaks@berkeley.edu.