Tag Archives: Community Service

Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors

Through a partnership with the Student Conservation Association, the National Park Service is offering one-year internships for Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors (CVA). These ambassadors work at parks to plan and promote volunteer activities, create community connections, work with the park’s social media, and do other individual projects they might see a need for.

This will be the second year of the program, and the internship starts in late May.  CVAs get park housing or a housing stipend, a weekly living stipend, and an Americorps education award of about $6000.

Currently we have 70 across the country, and we are expected to expand the program to 100 this year. Most of the parks are located next to urban areas. We would love for students to apply and be accepted for the position right here in Richmond, but they are welcome to apply for positions across the country.

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Green Corps looking for applicants for 2016-2017!

Green Corps Class of 2016-2017: Fall Application Deadline Oct 11th!

In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join the Green Corps class of 2016-2017.

During Green Corps’ full year paid training program, participants will learn grassroots organizing skills from some of the top practitioners in the country while working on three to five different campaigns such as retiring dirty coal-fired power plants, protecting our drinking water, improving our food system and building the campus fossil fuel divestment movement. Organizers will learn important skills such as recruiting volunteers, developing strategic campaigns and building strong coalitions.

Our organizers have worked on behalf of dozens of groups including Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, and the National Wildlife Federation.  Our alumni include Phil Radford, the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, Sarah Hodgdon, National Program Director for Sierra Club and Heather Smith, President of Rock the Vote.

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. We need more organizers – people who understand the power of public support and know how to mobilize it.

If this sounds like something you are interested in, apply today.

International Student Volunteer (ISV) meeting

See the message below from a representative from ISV:

My name is Nina with International Student Volunteers (ISV), which is a non-profit that organizes life-changing volunteer abroad programs for university students. This summer we have 4-week programs in 6 countries — Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Thailand.

During the first two weeks, our students do 80 hours of volunteer work in either Conservation — where they can work in rainforest regeneration or endangered species management with elephants, dolphins, cheetahs and sea turtles — or in Social Community Development — doing educational programs with children, building schools and houses and basic health care projects.

During the second two weeks, students will travel all throughout their host country, getting immersed into the culture and exploring its natural wonders. They will also get to do exciting adventure activities like white water rafting, zip lining, surfing, cave exploring, going on wildlife safaris and MUCH more!

This program is a wonderful way to get out of the classroom and have some hands-on educational experiences — throughout the four weeks, students will be learning all about the communities, ecosystems and animals with which they are interacting! Furthermore, it gives students an opportunity to do something meaningful with their summer while exploring another culture and country.

We will be having information meetings about these programs this Thursday, September 3rd from 9am to 5pm starting every hour in the Jefferson Hotel – Flemish Room. (101 W Franklin St. – 4blocks from Monroe Park – ask for the Flemish Room at reception) If students can not attend the information meeting, they can email me to get more information.



Nina Matsushima

Campus Staff

International Student Volunteers, Inc.

Office: (714) 779 7392

Email: nina.isvolunteers@gmail.com

Internship opportunity for undergraduate students with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

I’m emailing you in regards to an internship opportunity for undergraduate students with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The Bay Foundation is currently looking for a Grassroots Intern, listed on our website.

The intern would work with the Grassroots Coordinator in our Richmond office to engage diverse communities around water quality issues. This position would focus heavily on preparing for CBF’s Grasses for the Masses program, a citizen underwater grasses restoration program, organizing student volunteer activities, and conducting research to support our Blueprint efforts.

The intern would work for at least seven hours per week, and the position is unpaid. Applications must be turned into CBF’s Human Resources bySeptember 13, 2015 (CBF_Emplyoment@cbf.org or to 6 Herndon Ave, Annapolis MD 21403).

Please let me or our HR department know if you have any questions about the position. Moreover, please distribute this position to other academics as you see fit. I hope that we can have applications from at least a few of your students!

Have a wonderful week-

Blair Blanchette

VA Grassroots Coordinator

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

1108 E Main Street, Suite 1600

Richmond, VA 23219

804-780-1392 (w)

VESA (Volunteer Eco Students Abroad) visiting VCU tomorrow!

See the message below from VESA!


VESA (www.vesabroad.com) is a truly unique two week experience incorporating meaningful volunteer work and an Amazonian jungle tour in South America’s Ecuador, volunteering whilst staying with a host family, followed by an incredible week long cruise of the Fijian Islands or working in orphanages or in crocodile conservation in South Africa and Kwa-Zulu Natal followed by an amazing safari!

Where would you like to volunteer this year?

If you choose South America, you will be based in a picturesque Ecuadorian jungle village and commute daily via canoe to an indigenous community to undertake vital volunteer work. This includes helping to construct much needed facilities for the village school, teaching English and installing ablution facilities to give the villagers access to better health and hygiene! Your second week with us will see you trekking through the wild jungle of the Amazon Basin. Here you will see all manners of jungle life, stay in tribal accommodation & lodges, visit a shaman and top the trip off with an intense day of white water rafting!

south america vesa

If your choice is The Fijian Islands, you will be working alongside, a local non profit organization. Here, you will be staying with a local family in their village, working in the community helping to educate the children by teaching them English, as well as basic hygiene, building washroom facilities at the school as well as helping to construct water tanks and pipelines. Your second week of your trip will see you sailing up the picturesque remote Yasawa Islands. Every day will see you partake in a different activity, whether it be relaxing in your own private hammock, snorkelling/scuba with sea turtles, kayaking to a deserted island, or chilling on the beach with new mates, it’s a trip like no other!

fiji vesa

Or if your choose South Africa as your destination you will be working in the world heritage site of St. Lucia. This year we will be working alongside the local Zulu tribe; working in orphanages, teaching English, building houses for impoverished families and working alongside cheetahs and crocodile`s in our conservation projects. To top off your time in Africa, you will travelling by open air bus, visiting 3 game parks, sighting Elephants, Rhinos, Giraffe, Hyena, Zebras, Leopards, Hippos and Lions!

south africa vesa

Or finally if you choose South East Asia as your destination you will be staying in a remote elephant

Conservation centre in Laos, living and working alongside these magnificent creatures in a variety of projects such as building viewing and feeding platforms, rebuilding the hospital as well as working with local children refurbishing their schools and teaching basic English. To finish off you trip you will embark on an amazing cultural and adventure tour. You will spend your time visiting ancient temples, kayaking, biking, hiking, caving and loads more with all the new friends you have made!

south east asia vesa

If you would like to be a part of something incredible this summer, or would simply like more information we will be hosting information sessions at the following location:

When: Thursday, Aug 27 2015

Where: Canal Room, VCU student Commons, Level 2

@ 12pm1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm 


Feel free to bring along any friends you feel might be interested in this opportunity.

If you can’t make the meeting please feel free to find out more information or apply online at www.vesabroad.com Why not check out our Facebook group, Volunteer Eco Students Abroad to see what current participants have to say!

Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps (VSPYCC) Summer 2015 Program

Hey Students!

Please see the message below from the Office of Community Engagement and Volunteerism for the Virginia State Parks.  Students may be eligible to register for 1 credit of Biology Internship at the same time they get paid for this program – and seniors can use it for Capstone experience.  But it is still an awesome {paid!} opportunity even if you do not want to do it for credit.


Do you want the opportunity to work with youth?

Do you want to make a difference in Virginia State Parks?

Do you have good leadership skills?

Do you like making money?


If you answered yes to these four questions then you may be interested in applying to be a crew supervisor for the 2015 Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps (VSPYCC) Program.

Please see the pdf flier linked at the bottom for more information regarding this program. If you are interested in applying, you can find more information on the webpage at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/youth-conservation-corps.shtml  where you can also find the link to fill out the supervisor application. If the above link does not work copy and paste the following into your browser.


If you have any further questions feel free to contact them by email at vspycc@dcr.virginia.gov or by telephone at 804-625-3984.

YCC Supervisor Flier

Service Learning: Insects and Plants

Great Article about Dr Kester’s Insect & Plants Service-Learning Class and their work at the Community Kitchen Garden