Monthly Archives: May 2017

News: My New Book!

5.23.17 –
Sarah P’s comments: Well, I did it. I finally published my new book: Far Off-Girl. Thanks to all who have supported me in one way or another.  And, as always, comments, edits, reviews, and the sharing of your stories are appreciated…
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Far Off-Girl: 5 Years of Uncharted Wandering (Teenage Traveler) by [Gibson, Sarah P.]Ethel is ecstatic when her father offers her an escape from a long, cold, dark, Maine winter. But the journey turns out to be a maze of country-hopping, desert-crossing, shisha-smoking, friend-making, skinny-dipping, island-kissing, revolution-escaping, boy-betraying, white-knuckled, hairpin turns. Growing up at home is perplexing, growing up overseas is mind-altering.

P.S. Her father is a librarian…

 

Author’s Essay:

EVERYONE IS MULTICULTURAL
All those who incorporate ideas and beliefs of people
from many different countries and cultural backgrounds.

 
‘Multicultural’ became a publishing buzz word in the late 80’s and a genre by the 90’s. As an international librarian I happily embraced this trend, excited to see stories which represented at least some of more of my students’ cultural heritages. In each of my positions I sought out books with global themes, and especially those which represented where I was currently located. At first there were only a smattering but eventually there grew to be a list which I would faithfully order for each new library.

Another welcome trend which emerged were novels about kids from other cultures trying to fit into mainstream American life. I added these to my list as they encouraged discussion and understanding of what it means to try and live in another culture. At the same time some books began to be published about American teens venturing overseas. These books were popular as well and thus I figured it was only a matter of time before stories appeared which would delve deeper into the final frontier: the experience of American teenagers living overseas.

But, to date, nothing has yet appeared which I find surprising because, at last count, there are at least 275,000 global nomads, or TCK’s (third-culture kids), kids who consider America (or another country) their home, but spend most of their lives growing up overseas and attending international schools as they follow their parents’ international careers. These are the students I taught and hung out with in my fourteen years of international living and, to me, they truly are ‘multicultural’ in that their definition of themselves is not based on where they live but how they live, and they are living proof that ‘multicultural’ is something you can become rather than something you must be born as.

Ethel’s story grew out of this understanding and my goal was to find an entertaining way to honestly share some of her experiences and to answer real-life questions such as: What’s it really like to wear a veil? Should I date a guy from a different faith? How do I deal with someone who hates Americans?

And, finally, there is another message woven into this story. It is for all teens who feel stuck, and it is that being multicultural is about acceptance. That if you travel beyond your borders, be it through a book, a plane, or Instagram, you are reaching out. And that, by seeking to understand others, you will find people anywhere and everywhere, who are like you in some way. Travel, as Ethel comes to realize, will not solve all your problems, but what it can bring is perspective, insight, understanding, and hope.

(Thanks also to Cricket Magazine who published an early version of Travel Post #1 as a short story.)

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Job: Learning Centers Director

5.22.17 –  Learning Centers Director
Wings of Hope, Bak Chinhchien, Pursat Province, Cambodia

Sarah P’s comments: Actually, this position is listed as ‘paid volunteer’ but that is an oxymoron. The position does cover expenses plus a small salary which is much better than volunteer positions where you have to pay!  On the negative side, it sounds like quite a job, of which overseeing the library is a small part. The deadline was May 20 but if you are interested, shoot of a quick letter and resume. Volunteer and low pay positions are usually not as strict about deadlines as jobs.

The position of Cambodia Director for Wings of Hope/John Givonetti Giving is a multifaceted position managing a program that aims to provide rural Cambodian children (currently 500 to 600 students in three schools) with the skills to pull themselves out of poverty, primarily through instruction in English and computer skills. Teaching is conducted by an organized group of high school students (Student Teachers) that JGG has trained to teach both subjects (currently 60 Student Teachers). The position is based in Bak Chinhchien, Pursat Province, Cambodia with occasional travel outside the area to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Khmer Language skills are not a requirement. We are seeking a minimum one year commitment.

While the JGG Director is responsible for all JGG program activities, the primary allocation of the Director’s time and effort will be the administrative functions specified in General Responsibilities.

Skill Requirements

1.      Effective organizational skills & multi-tasking ability in a developing country context

2.      Very strong record keeping and reporting abilities are essential. This is a primary skill requirement.

3.      Good written and verbal presentation/reporting

4.      The ability to be culturally sensitive while achieving the goals of JGG.

5.      Good working knowledge of English including writing/conversation/grammar. No teaching degree is required.

Responsibilities

1.      General

a.      Persistent (everything is exponentially more difficult to do in Cambodia) and timely response to tax issues, government NGO operating requirements, insurance maintenance, building maintenance, construction projects, banking and internal accounting requirements.

b.     Manage budget and expense journal entry process (development/implementation/periodic reporting) and clearly reporting this information expeditiously to the JGG Chairman.

c.      Facility management for the two Learning Centers, the Siem Respite Center, the two Phnom Penh Dormitories and smaller projects.

d.     Timely reporting to the Chairman of all JGG activities and prompt response to requests made by the Chairman and to the needs of Wings of Hope, a supporting charity.

e.     Maintain with updates and improvements JGG’s Facebook page and website.

f.       Implement/manage all other JGG activities and new projects as they develop.

g.      Maintain good relationships with all levels of the Cambodian government (National/Provincial/Commune/Village) and school administration leaders.

h.     Manage/develop staff and oversee their activities (currently 3 full-time Program Assistants (one position is open), 1 full-time Librarian, 5 part-time Professional teachers, 2 part-time US Peace Corps Volunteers, 2 House Supervisors (at Siam Reap and Phnom Penh dormitories) and 1 full-time House Attendant in Siem Reap.

2.      English Outreach and Computer Training Programs

a.      Train new and existing Student Teachers in teaching, English and computer skills including conducting weekend instruction classes.

b.     Manage/train the professional part-time English teacher.

c.      Conduct weekly review meeting with JGG staff and Student Teachers.

d.     Monitor classroom activities with Student Teachers to insure the quality of the English training.

e.     Develop/manage computer training for Student Teachers and selected other students.

f.       Manage the four part-time math, science and English teachers preparing Student Teachers in their final high school year for the 12<sup>th</sup> grade exam.

g.      Coordinate JGG activities between Bak Chinhchien, Romlech, and Koh Svey schools.

3.      John Givonetti Learning Centers (2 buildings)

a.      Train/manage Librarian.

b.     Develop program for Student Teachers to assist in Library.

c.      Create/implement development plans for both facilities including implementing computer training, and the acquisition of new books, video material and related programs.

4.      John Givonetti Respite Center & Dormitories – Siem Riep & Phnom Penh (3 buildings)

a.      Utilize the House Supervisor to oversee all Respite Center activities including the housing of former Student Teachers now attending university and JGG guests.

HOW TO APPLY

jessica.watson@wingsofhope.ngo

http://www.wingsofhope.ngo

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Jessica Watson at Jessica.watson@wingsofhope.ngo by May 20.

BENEFITS

Compensation: This is a volunteer position, offering a monthly stipend and a year-end bonus. Expenses are covered including airfare, lodging, meals, and insurance. 

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Khmer Language skills are not a requirement. English fluency is necessary.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

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Internship: Health Library

5.22.17 –  Health Institute Internship
Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed Institute, Dist. Ahmednagar, India

Sarah P’s comments: For people interested in Medical Librarianship, Public Health, and NGO work, this 6-month internship might be useful.

The Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed (CRHP), has been working among the rural poor and marginalized for over 40 years. Founded in 1970 by Drs. Raj and Mabelle Arole to bring healthcare to the poorest of the poor, CRHP has become an organization that empowers people to eliminate injustices through integrated efforts in health and development. CRHP works by mobilizing and building the capacity of communities to achieve access to comprehensive development and freedom from stigma, poverty and disease.

Pioneering a comprehensive approach to primary community-based healthcare, known as the Jamkhed Model, CRHP has been a leader in public health and development in rural communities in India and around the world. The work of CRHP has been recognized by the WHO and UNICEF. In the last 40 years, CRHP has directly worked with over 300 villages primarily within Maharashtra, India.

CRHP established the Jamkhed International Institute in order to systemize the sharing of the Jamkhed experience with others, people from throughout India and the world, students and faculty in various disciplines, professionals and staff of NGOs and government.

Internship Program

The CRHP Internship Program is currently offering an internship in development, communications, programs, and evaluations. Since its introduction, the internship program has become a very competitive and sought after placement for new graduates from around the world.

The intern will assist the International Training Coordinator with international groups that come for courses and individuals in diploma course (usually in role as liaison); perform the role of ‘office manager’; and assist with the library with the Coordinator and librarian.

The intern will learn about CRHP’s work mainly through the courses s/he assists with, as well as will get to know people from all over the world who come to learn from CRHP staff and villagers.

This is a 6-month minimum unpaid internship. Working hours are typically from 9am-6pm Monday through Saturday. Interns are given one-week holiday during their stay. CRHP provides room and board on its campus in Jamkhed, India to all interns. Internship does not cover flight to and from home country and visa fees.

What we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in public health, development, or NGOs
  • Good writing skills and experience writing promotional materials, editing, producing and revising training resources (print, ppt)
  • Competency in Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Photoshop, and Publisher
  • Organizational ability, e.g. files, information, data, timetables
  • Ability to work with a team and alone
  • Willingness to take initiative
  • Flexibility and cultural sensitivity with high interpersonal skills
  • Good interpersonal relations and communication

Duties May Include:

  • Assist international training coordinator with international groups, including ‘hosting’
  • Be liaison between international groups & Institute/library
  • Assist with various tasks for classes (including supplies, laptop & projector)
  • Assist with responsibility of Institute/library office area, ‘office manager’, including maintaining important documents and resources on the Institute computer
  • Assist with organizing and maintaining Institute resources, including keeping Institute computer updated
  • Assist with developing/revising training resources (print, ppt)
  • Assist with design & production of materials – promotion, training, PR materials, etc.
  • Assist with promotion of courses – identify organizations, social media sites, etc.
  • Assist librarian & international training coordinator keeping resources organized
  • Maintain the library computer with relevant documents and resources
  • Assist visitors with resources, being familiar with the resources

HOW TO APPLY

ravi@jamkhed.org

http://www.jamkhed.org

Applications for June 2017 start date are currently accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please email Cover Letter that details why you are fit for this position and CV to Mr. Ravi Arole, Director CRHP, ravi@jamkhed.org

BENEFITS

This is a 6 month, unpaid position. Interns live on CRHP’s campus in Jamkhed and are provided with food and housing.

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Volunteer or Internship: Librarian

5.22.17 –  Volunteer/Intern Librarian
Arajuno Road Project, Puyo, Ecuador

About us:The Arajuno Road Project (ARP)/Proyecto Ruta del Arajuno was created in 2008 with the goal of supporting the schools and improving the opportunities available in the communities along the road located between the small city of Puyo and the rural community of Arajuno – a culturally and ecologically diverse area – in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The program works in rural communities providing support in education, improving the infrastructure and learning environment of schools, and working on community development and conservation programs, such as school gardens and reforestation.

Find us online at www.arajunoroadproject.org and www.facebook.com/ArajunoRoadProject

Position summary:ARP established a center in collaboration with one of our partner communities in 2016, which acts both as the base for ARP operations and community functions. This position helps with community center development, and runs basic courses and opportunities. Center activities have included infrastructure improvements, tutoring for primary school students, English classes for teachers and community members, overseeing the library, cultural events, and in the future, computer classes.

What we ask from you: Volunteers/interns should be able to commit to at least one pre-defined service period and priority will be given to those applying for consecutive periods. You will live on site in the dormitory at the community center. After an initial orientation, you will be expected to run agreed upon community center activities weekday afternoons/evenings; corresponding planning and administrative duties will be on your own schedule. You will also be expected to participate in a weekly minga (community service) with the community one afternoon each week. Documenting your work will be important for the long-term success of the program and future volunteers. If you have any special abilities/skills, you are also welcome to propose a community class.

Responsibilities:

  • Run 1-2 classes per week
  • Oversee library hours and keep library resources organized
  • Help with overall infrastructure development and maintenance of the center
  • Assist with center organization
  • Assist during community work days
  • Assist with other center activities when possible
  • Keep activity materials up to date and organized
  • Weekly check-in with program team
  • Document work

Mandatory Qualifications:

  • Experience leading activities
  • Intermediate Spanish

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous non-formal education experience
  • Previous experience working with multiple age groups
  • Previous international work or volunteer experience
  • Advanced Spanish

Skills:

  • Excellent people skills
  • First class communication skills
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to adapt quickly to diverse situations
  • Tolerant, patient, and understanding
  • Familiarity or willingness to learn Google Drive/Docs

Dates and Expenses: Positions begin the first Monday of each month. Project participation fees include food and housing, training and administrative support for the position; the expense for the six week minimum is $550, the recommended eight weeks is $650, and additional weeks cost $50. Flights, visas, insurance, local transport and excursions are the responsibility of the volunteer.

HOW TO APPLY

project.arajuno.road@gmail.com

http://arajunoroadproject.org/apply

Please apply at http://arajunoroadproject.org/apply

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Volunteer: 3 positions…

5.22. 17 –  Idealist

Sarah P’s comments:  While obtaining an international position may be your goal, one way of gaining experience is to volunteer.  Idealist currently has three positions of interest.  Idealist, a US nonprofit organization, began life in 1995 as Action Without Borders, with the goal of creating a global network of people and organizations working towards the goal of a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Online and globally, Idealist.org connects 100,000 people with jobs and volunteer and action opportunities posted by 90,000 organizations around the world. The organization operates in English, Spanish and French. You can use this site to post information about yourself and/or search for both internship and volunteer opportunities.

I have noticed in recent years, many more jobs posted vs. internships and volunteering opps. There has also been an increasing number of US postings, however there are still international listings.  Unfortunately, there is no way to search for only ‘international’ and the best method is to enter ‘library’ or ‘librarian’ as a keyword and scroll through the listings.

For more about volunteering please read Chapter 9 of my book and/or visit the Resources page.

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Job: School Librarians (3)

5.18.17 –  TeacherHorizons, UK

Sarah P’s comments: I just received this e-mail (group mailing) from TeacherHorizons, an international recruiter for schools. I have no reviews for this agency but on their site, it says they were started by a group of former international teachers is is interesting. One item I did not like was that in order to locate Librarian positions, you must choose ‘Other’! As always, please read reviews on International Schools Review of the schools before applying.

Hi Sarah P,

Take a look at some of the Librarian opportunities we are looking to fill this week.

Dulwich College SeoulLead Librarian – August 2017

Lotte World Tower, Seoul, Republic Of Korea, KoreaThe school caters to the local expatriate community and is also fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), WASC and the International Baccalaureate.   Applicants will need to be able to stretch students academically, differentiate for the broad range of abilities at the school and be committed to the school’s extensive program of extra-curricular activities.  As in many Asian schools, the job will entail hard work but will be very rewarding.  As a large school of nearly 500 students, professional and career development opportunities will be excellent.

Yew Wah International Education School of Shanghai-LingangLibrarian – August 2017
The ideal candidate will be well informed of western literature and able to deliver a reading programme at the library.

Pudong, Shanghai, China, Bund, Skyscraper, Tower, SunThe school is looking for enthusiastic and globally-minded candidates.  The group established a new model of global education offering the unique richness and diversity of both Eastern and Western cultures that equip children to be bilingual, global-minded, appreciative and caring. The school nurture globally competitive students and shape their good character as responsible global citizens with the competencies and skills required in the 21st century.

Beijing Chaoyang KaiWen Academy – Librarian – August 2017

Beijing, The Scenery, BeautifulBeijing Chaoyang KaiWen Academy is a large, 170,000 square meter school that has a capacity of 3000 students. Students live and study at BCKA and are immersed in a range of extracurricular sporting and artistic activities that cultivate the students’ independent thinking and team spirit. The school has a newly built campus with very good facilities – a tournament-level professional sports venue, unique arts classrooms, well-equipped science labs and a grand 800 seat theater. The school follows the IB curriculum, adopting both Chinese and Western cultural approaches and attaching importance to learning ability, creative thinking, and subject knowledge.

Get in touch as soon as possible to apply!

Best wishes,

Emily

Emily Parkman
Operations Manager
www.teacherhorizons.com

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News: British artist visits 16 lost libraries…

5.16.17 – British artist visits 16 lost libraries along the Silk Road in epic motorbike trip
by Sarah Lazarus, Post Magazine, May 12, 2017

Abigail Reynolds’ ‘Ruins of Time’ exhibition is the result of a five-month journey through 2,000 years and half the globe.

Sarah P’s comments:  Great article…but if you are interested in learning about which 5 libraries she visited, you will need to scroll through the first half.

 

 

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