Coalition of Universities, NGOs Seeks PT Volunteer Fellow to Advance Ethical Global Learning, Engagement at High School Level

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In cooperation with the Better Volunteering, Better Care Network and the GASP Working Groupglobalsl.org – a coalition of universities and NGOs advancing ethical global learning and partnerships – seeks a part-time volunteer fellow to map existing ethical global engagement and learning strategies at the high school level in the United States, and develop a strategy for expanding understanding in this area. This is neither a general effort to encourage study abroad nor a specific effort to support particular programs abroad. Rather, it is an inquiry into the best methods to discourage programming that is harmful to vulnerable populations (e.g. childrenor patients) and develop young peoples’ capacities to make discerning judgments about global learning opportunities even before they get to higher education opportunities.

The fellow must have strong understanding or interest in respect to US K-12 curricula, standards, and professional development structures, global learning, international volunteering and service-learning, and especially critiques of each, particularly in respect to orphanage volunteerism and pre-professional clinical health interventions. The fellow must have strong capacity to work independently through self-management by objectives. The fellow should be in a position to dedicate as many as ten hours per week to this effort until outcomes are achieved.

Anticipated Deliverables:

  • Report summarizing existing efforts to support robust global learning and engagement strategies at US K-12 level
  • Strategy paper mapping existing efforts and their strengths and weaknesses, considering whether, where, and how BVBCN, GASP,and globalsl might be productively involved with supporting and advancing these efforts – all with an eye toward encouraging ethical global engagement and growing US national consciousness of the importance of systematic and conscientious approaches to international partnership, learning, service, and volunteering
  • Additional as appropriate for person named as Fellow, developed in consultation with network

Benefits include:

  • Opportunity to work across networks of K-12 education, higher education, child protection, and public health NGOs on project with considerable potential scope and impact
  • Publication rights and recognition with resulting product(s) facilitated through process and network
  • Funded opportunity to participate in global communications strategy meeting (focused on discouraging orphanage tourism and encouraging ethical alternatives) in Bangkok in late November 2015
  • Funded opportunity to present findings at professional conference in May 2016
  • Additional professional development funding for specific conference presentation or dissemination possible

Reports to:

  • Eric Hartman, Editor, globalsl.org; Assistant Professor, Kansas State University; Global Steering Group Member, Better Volunteering, Better Care Network; Member, GASP Working Group

Starts:

  • As soon as possible

To Apply:

  • Send resume or CV, contact information for three references, and cover letter detailing qualifications for Fellowship and anticipated steps to engage network and complete deliverables, to Dr. Eric Hartman at emhartman2.0@gmail.com
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning immediately

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