College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Opportunities 4/15/11

April 14, 2011

I. Clausen Global Micro Clinic Project Fellowship
II. Become a Chan Buddy

I. Clausen Global Micro Clinic Project Fellowship
The Blum Center at the University of California, Berkeley working in cooperation with UCB's School of Public Health are proud to announce the Clausen GMCP Fellowships. The Clausen Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. (Tom) and Helen Clausen. This competitive fellowship will be awarded to one outstanding student from UC Berkeley at the graduate or undergraduate level.

The Global Micro-Clinic Project (GMCP) is an international public health non-profit organization. The mission of the Global Micro-Clinic Project (GMCP) is to empower people to prevent and manage diseases in economically depressed and/or conflict-ridden areas of our world. The project centers around a community-driven philosophy, forming partnerships between health care professionals, academia, government, and citizens, recognizing that civic involvement is the life-blood of functioning communities and the foundation of healthy cities.

The GMCP aims to create a set of “micro-clinics” whereby disenfranchised populations can share access to education, treatment, technology, and social support. The micro-clinic model relies on the efforts of local health care professionals, volunteers, and concerned citizens to combine forces as they improve the health of their communities. Thus, the micro-clinics are designed to create an infrastructure, which is not owned by a governmental organization or even an NGO, but importantly, the people are the micro-clinics. Pioneered by a UC Berkeley undergraduate in 2005, the first micro-clinics were established in the West Bank and today project sites include Jordan, India, Kenya, and now the United States.

Fellowship Description:
The Clausen Fellow will be responsible for assisting in significant program design and implementation in rural communities in the Southern United States. The micro-clinics will be focused on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. The Fellow will work directly with the Executive Vice-President for Program Management in the development of this large-scale program. The Fellowship period will be six months, beginning in June 2011, during which the fellow would need to relocate to the project site. The total stipend for the six-month fellowship period is $7,500. Students in any undergraduate or graduate program are eligible for consideration. Expertise in public health, education, community development, or another relevant field is preferred. For further information on GMCP, please visit http://gmcp.org/ .

Deadline:
All application materials including letters of reference must be uploaded to http://tinyurl.com/gmcp-2011, no later than 25 April, 2011 at 11:59 pm (PDT).


II. Become a Chan Buddy
Are you interested in Asia/China, want to practice your Mandarin/Cantonese and/or make new friends? This is an amazing opportunity for you to connect with bright students from China, learn more about Chinese culture, and have a positive impact in someone's life. It's so easy too.

Be a Chan Fellow Buddy!
* · Program lasts: August-Dec. 2011
* · Network with International scholars from China
* · Share your interests with a dynamic group of students
* · Develop cross-cultural awareness, sensitivity
* · Build life-long friendships

As a buddy you will serve as a friend and support system who is there to answer questions they may have and just be a presence that they know is there. You are the one who assists in the adjustment of living in the United States for 5 ½ months by showing them around and just hanging out with them and do ordinary type things. During their time here they will have the support system of the program coordinators and with your help there would be another person in the mix to make them feel more comfortable. Being a buddy would also offer you an opportunity to build a friendship with someone that may be completely different to yourself and learn about their culture from a personal perspective.

All that we ask is that throughout their time here you treat them as a friend and take them to places that you would want to go to if you were new to the bay area. Being in a foreign place for 5 ½ months may be a bit intimidating, and we hope that you will be a support system for them by occasionally checking in on them to make sure that their time here is going well until their departure in December. We recommend you to aim for checking in with them and inviting them to hangout at least twice during their semester stay.

We highly encourage buddies to attend the initial buddy meet-and-greet dinner, where you will get to meet all the Chan Fellows. This will take place during the week of August 1st (5:30-7:30) and dinner will be covered by Cal Corps. In addition, their final reception will be on December 6th from 5:30-7:30pm and this will be an opportunity to send them off and celebrate their time here. Once the six Chan Fellows are selected, I can send out bios so that you can learn more about them.
If you know of other friends that might be interested in volunteering as a buddy, please connect us.

A little more about the Chan Fellow Program:
The WT Chan Fellowship is a 5½ month program that brings undergraduate and graduate students from China to the United States to learn more about the structure and operation of nonprofit organizations and community change efforts in the US. The Chan Fellows Program is focused on giving the Fellows practical work experience in the nonprofit sector as well as encouraging inter-cultural cooperation. Whilst the students intern with such organizations they are also here to experience life inside the United States and more uniquely life in the Bay area. For more info check out http://publicservice.berkeley.edu/volunteer/chan-fellows-buddy-program.

Here’s the Application link. Please apply by April 25th. https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en&formkey=dFg5VXpsM1ZTc2kwd3EyaURPTzkyNlE6MQ#gid=0