Volunteer Opportunity: Kaua’i AmeriCorps


Are you looking for novel and hands-on ways to teach and learn about sustainable development in today’s globalized world? Volunteer Kaua’i is here to connect college programs, groups, and students to authentic and educational volunteer opportunities on the island of Kauai. As a representative of community-based 501(c)(3) org, Malama Kaua’i, and the coordinator of the program, I’m writing to share with you why and how to arrange your educational opportunities on Kaua’i.

Why Kaua’i? Our island is the westernmost county of the U.S., and most remote of the Hawaiian islands, making it an ideal location to learn about the global effects of westernization without requiring a passport. Its unique post-colonial context opens student’s eyes to the past, present and future of globalization and gentrification. Meanwhile, the land-based indigenous Hawaiian culture demonstrates progressive resistance and alternative modes of development. Also known as “The Garden Isle,” and home to complex ecosystems, Kaua’i boasts numerous opportunities to study conservation and sustainability outdoors – not to mention the recreational possibilities.

We collaborate with college programs and groups to develop tailored ‘volunteer vacations.’ that match you’re interests. For example, we hosted an interdisciplinary group of Virginia Tech students and connected them with the resources to build a shed for a garden education at a local Hawaiian immersion school. We arrange internships and host student researches in a variety of fields as well – over the summer we hosted interns from Duke University, University of South Florida, University of Virginia, and more.

For students of the environment, public policy, development, health and more, gaining a perspective beyond one’s own community is integral to a well-rounded education. If you want to integrate beautiful and unique Kaua’i into your academic experience, please do not hesitate to visit our website and/or contact me directly at volunteer@malamakauai.org or (808) 828-0685 x11.

With aloha,

Julia Black

Program Coordinator

AmeriCorps VISTA – Volunteer Coordinator


Internship Opportunity: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

Worth Applying for!

Applications for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.eduat the University of California Santa Cruz are now available, and to ask for your help reaching prospective Scholars.  Each March we select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years.  Our goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water.  We focus our efforts on serving college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with two years of college left at a stage when we can support their undergraduate careers and their choices as they graduate.  Students who attend or are transferring to any four-year institution in the US, its territories and Native nations are eligible.

During the first year Scholars participate in an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors.  During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies.  A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years and beyond, we work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. Our Scholars receive a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life.

Applications for the 2019 class of Scholars are available on the website and due February 8, 2019.

For more information, visit conservationscholars.ucsc.edu or email the Program Director, Dr. Justin Cummings, jacummin@ucsc.edu.

Announcement, On & Off Campus Events

Bowdoin Public Service Initiative
Upcoming deadline:

BPS Fellowships: Deadline Thursday, November 15th at noon.

Walk-in Hours: Mondays 9:00-11:00am, Thursdays 12:30-2:00pm, or by appointment. Banister 201. Learn more.

Election Night Results Screening Party
Starts at 8pm
Morrell Lounge (Smith Union)

Join the entire Bowdoin Community to watch the results come in! Free food will be provided by the Pub & McKeen Center (while supplies last). Sponsored by Bowdoin Republicans, Bowdoin Democrats, Bowdoin Student Government, and Bowdoin Votes.

Pop-up Art Show With Incarcerated Youth
Friday, November 9, 7-9pm
Ladd House

Enjoy multimedia art created by incarcerated students from Maine and across the USA.  Meet the artists and pick up a copy of the new art magazine, The Truth of Incarcerated Youth (donations encouraged).  Sponsored by Criminal Justice Reform Club. Contact Heather Gans.


Help Build Window Inserts for Brunswick Residents
Tuesday daytimes and/or Thursday evenings
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, corner of Pleasant and Union St, Brunswick, Maine

WindowDressers builds and distributes insulative window inserts for Brunswick residents who are struggling to make ends meet.  The community workshop will include all training and tools required. Contact Sam Saltonstall.

On Campus Events: Upcoming Info session on research, jobs and fellowship Opportunities, Nov 6-Nov. 14

  1. Peace Corps Info Session: Tuesday, Nov. 6 @ 7 pm in Pickering Room, Hubbard Hall
  2. Summer Research Opportunities meeting:  Thursday, Nov. 8 @ 4:00 pm in Druck 4: Bowdoin-funded research opportunities on-campus or off
  3. Info Session: Easter Research Group (ERG): Environmental consulting firm. Meredith Outterson ’17 will speak about post-grad opportunities. Thursday, Nov. 8 @ 7 pm in Pickering Room, Hubbard Hall
  4. Grad School 101: Friday, Nov. 9 3:00-4:30 pm in Visual Arts Center 303: Everything you ever wanted to know about graduate school: Liz McCormack, Dean for Academic Affairs and faculty members from STEM, Social Sciences and Humanities, and career planning representatives
  5. Career Planning Senior Etiquette Dinner, Sunday, Nov. 11 @ 5 pm, Main Lounge, Moulton Union
  6. An Insider’s Guide to Working as a Paralegal: Tuesday, Nov. 13 @ 7:30 pm in Man Lounge, Moulton Union. Panel discussion with 3 Bowdoin alumni currently working as paralegals. Whether or not you are interested in law school, this job can help you develop great project management, communication, teamwork and leadership skills.
  7. International Summer Experiences: Omprakash Info Session: Wednesday, Nov. 14 @ 4 pm, Career Planning Center, First Floor, Moulton Union. Connect to grassroots organizations around the world in education, healthcare, the environment or entrepreneurship.


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Study Away Opportunity: SEA Semester, Spring 2019

SEA Semester- Openings for spring 2019
paces are available in three of our spring 2019 programs (Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, and Oceans & Climate).  It’s vitally important to have a full complement of students on our ships to contribute their varied talents, interests, and energy, so we hate to see bunks go empty.

This is an excellent opportunity for a bright, adventurous student to attend SEA Semester.

Peg Brandon, W-48