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Women's and Gender Studies Programs and Conferences 2013

22nd Annual Women and Society Conference--2013, Marist University, Poughkeepsie, New York October 25 & 26, 2013 Proposals and abstracts are being solicited for the 2013 Women & Society Conference. This feminist conference is interdisciplinary and multi- disciplinary, covering all aspects of women & gender being studied in the academy. The conference mentors and models feminist inquiry/scholarship for undergraduate students so joint faculty/student papers and excellent student papers are also considered, undergraduates may attend at no cost.

3rd Annual Brigham Young University Women's Studies Conference-- Women, Race and Ethnicity November 7-9, 2013 Women have been perceived as the “exotic” other, exhibited as curiosity objects, and have also succeeded sometimes in overcoming racial, gender, and social barriers. Women have worked as slaves, they have owned slaves, and they also have fought in the desegregation movement. Enslaved women have raised their masters’ children, and transmitted their cultural heritage to their own children. Women have built both walls and bridges between racial and ethnic groups. Colonial arts and literatures have depicted women stereotypically, and postcolonial arts and literatures have allowed women’s voices to be heard. Women, sometimes excluded and barely tolerated, can impose their presence as legitimate and gain recognition for their roles and contributions to society.

National Women’s Studies Association Conference-- Negotiating Points of Encounter, November 7-10, 2013, Cincinnati, OH NWSA's annual conference regularly draws more than 1,500 attendees and is the only annual meeting in the US exclusively dedicated to showcasing the latest feminist scholarship. For more info, visit the website

10th Biennial ACS Gender Studies/Women’s Studies Conference-- Intersections and Assemblages: Genders and Sexualities Across Cultures Furman University, Greenville, SC April 4th & 5th 2014 The theme of the conference recognizes the multiplicity and diversity of scholarly approaches and activism to the long-standing aspiration for the abolition of all forms of inequality based on gender and/or sexuality.  It also recognizes and welcomes transnational and cross-cultural or comparative perspectives on gender and sexuality in addition to those in/on the West. 

The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference 2014--- The Ebb and Flow: Navigating the Changing Landscapes of Feminism The University of North Carolina Wilmington, NC Thursday March 27-Saturday March 29, 2014 The conference invites conversations surrounding The Ebb and Flow: Navigating the Changing Landscapes of Feminism that are transformative in the interdisciplinary study of women, gender, and sexuality. The conference will foster a vigorous, open and inclusive dialogue about different avenues to change and transformation. Reflections on changes in feminisms, and all forms of political action, from rage to compromise, will be considered. All disciplines and levels of scholarship are welcome.

Special Programs

Women and Social Change in Mexico:
Learn about Mexican culture, politics, and economics through the lens of women´s experiences and struggles for social justice. Study how women from various backgrounds (i.e. Indigenous, students, workers) have been affected by the neoliberal model of globalization and the kinds of mobilizations they have initiated or participated in. Establish and strengthen links between women of different countries (whose lives in an increasingly globalized world are more interrelated than ever) by sharing our respective struggles for justice and equalities.

Dates: July 13-26, 2013

INCLUDES:
Classes: Intensive language instruction, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students are evaluated and placed at the appropriate level with a maximum of five students in each class.

Activities on Women & Social Change: Talks, videos and visits with women and grassroots projects are scheduled during the afternoon. Themes will be approached "from below" by spending time with activist groups and with an orientation towards social change.

Themes may include:  

  • NAFTA, globalization, and "neoliberalism" in Mexico as well as the independent labor movement and maquiladoras
  • Zapatismo and the struggles of Indigenous women
  • Feminism, women's health, alternative medicine, sexual and reproductive rights and the lesbian movement in Mexico
  • Alternative media and a visit to a women's video collective
  • The 1990/2000 student movement and strike at UNAM (the National Autonomous University of Mexico)
  • Politics and the recent elections
  • Liberation Theology and Christian Base Communities
  • Globalization and the environment

Note: All program activities are in Spanish with English translation when necessary.  

Weekend Excursions  

  • Xochicalco ruins
  • Taxco silver mining town

Homestay
Staying with a Mexican family provides a vibrant sense of the Mexican people and makes the course more personal and profound. It also provides participants with ample opportunity to practice Spanish in everyday situations.. We offer homestays with gays and lesbians in the Cuernavaca community. All CETLALIC families are gay and lesbian friendly (Note: hotel or apartment accommodations are also available upon request).

COST: $1,373 US

Volunteer Tanzania: Training Center for Disadvantaged Girls

"We work with a local NGO who runs a school for young teenage girls. The girls are selected through a number of different networks and are either recovered from the forced labor- or sex trade, abandoned by their families or
have escaped abusive relationships. Many of the young girls already have children of their own.

The goal of the NGO is to provide the girls with a hope for a better future and teach them skills that allow them to become self-supporting and take care of their children. At the moment the NGO helps young and vulnerable women from the Arusha-, Moshi- and Kilimanjaro region."

Dates of Program: Based on preference. 

INCLUDES:

Teaching: The girls stay at the school for 6-12 months. Here they are taught skills such as tailoring, cooking, English and computers. This will help them get a job, e.g. in the catering sector or the hotel business.

Volunteer tasks can be:
Teaching English.
Developing handcraft skills.
Teach Computer Skills and maintain computers.
Assist in the cooking classes.

Depending on your own capacities and experiences, you can suggest other skills. The girls are very eager to learn.

Excursions: During weekends you can participate in shorter excursions like for example a visit to “Arusha National park”, the closest national park to Arusha town. Arusha National Park is often overlooked by safari goers, despite offering the opportunity to explore a beguiling diversity of habitats within a few hours.
If the start dates for the excursion do not fit with your volunteer work stay, the coordinator can arrange a break in your volunteer job, so you can return to work after the safari or trek.

Internships: Most of the projects mentioned here accept internships. Send an e-mail to info@globalsafaris.dk explaining your wishes and the requirements of your school counselor and we will find out, where you fit in best.

COST: Varies. Estimates can be made based on this chart.

Volunteer period Cost USD $

Less than 1 week 300.00
1 week 350.00
2 week 450.00
3 week 450.00
4 week 500.00
5 week 550.00
6 week 600.00
7 week 650.00
8 week 700.00
9 week 750.00
10 week 850.00
11 week 900.00
12 week 950.00

Each extra week after 12-weeks we charge $80USD

Included in the price

  • Airport pick-up and drop off.
  • Single or shared room during entire stay.
  • Full board during entire stay.
  • Pre-departure handbook.
  • Assistance from a local coordinator.
  • Introduction days.
  • Personal sponsor amount to project.

Not included in the fee

  • Any personal expenses, soft drinks, bottled water.
  • Any entrance fee during sightseeing and traveling.
  • Airfare.
  • Insurance.
  • Turist visa fee and C-Permit fee, 120 USD.
  • Immunization.

Click here for volunteer form

World Endeavors: Women’s Development in Guatemala

Indigenous women in rural communities in Guatemala often lead tough, hardscrabble lives marked by poverty and hardship. Racial and gender discrimination, as well as a lack of education in many rural communities, have also negatively impacted women. Nonprofit and government organizations within Guatemala are working to provide basic economic, family, and health education to rural women in indigenous communities, and volunteers can make a difference by donating their time and knowledge to these ongoing social initiatives. World Endeavors Women’s Development volunteers partner with local government social workers in providing workshops for indigenous women. The workshops focus on a variety of subjects, including: human rights, women rights, reproductive health, cooking, handicrafts, and economic development. Volunteers with specialized skills are welcome to share their expertise.

Dates: Based on your preference

INCLUDES: 

Spanish Language Instruction: Up to 4 weeks.  Additionally, there is an onsite English-Speaking Coordinator

Homestay: Volunteers stay with host families, where they share space, build relationships, practice language, and learn about traditional culture, food, home rituals, and customs. Host families are welcoming and friendly, usually middle class, and are hand-picked by the World Endeavors team to ensure that placements provide a safe and positive environment for the volunteer. Housing accommodations are modest, safe, and clean, but may differ from Western norms in terms of space or amenities. Volunteers usually have their choice of a single or a double room, and are expected to display respect and consideration for the host family. Living with a host family ensures total immersion in the culture, which can be both challenging and rewarding, but ultimately provides the most authentic experience of the host country.

Extra Activities:

  • Explore Xela’s museums and cathedrals
  • Attend soccer games
  • Go salsa dancing
  • Seeing a show at the Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theater)
  • See a movie at the Teatro Roma

Weekend Excursions

  • Swimming in natural hot springs
  • Exploring Los Altos (Guatemala’s Western Highlands)
  • Hiking up the Volcán Santa María 

COST: $1290 per week; $225 for each additional week

Includes:

  • Volunteer Placement
  • Onsite English-Speaking Coordinator
  • Spanish Language Instruction: Up to 4 weeks
  • Home Stay Accommodations
  • Onsite Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Pre-Departure Guidance and Handbook
  • 24/7 Emergency Phone Support
  • Reentry Support and Alumni Services

Outside costs

  • Roundtrip Transportation to Guatemala
  • Visa Expenses
  • Optional Trips and Excursions
  • Daily Transportation
  • Personal Expenses

Apply Here

Love Volunteers: Women’s Empowerment Program

The Women's Empowerment Program aims to assist deprived teens and young women to improve their self–confidence by helping them improve their literacy and computer skills. Living in a male-dominated society, some girls in India are illiterate and lack the opportunities to develop this (and other) fundamental skills.

Dates: Based on your preference. There is a four week minimum requirement for this program. 

INCLUDES: 

Accommodation: Depending on the location, you will either live in a homestay or volunteer apartment. Meals are provided. 

Working Hours:

Monday through Friday

9:00AM-7:00PM shifts

20-25 hours worked per week

Free Time: Weekend transport is provided by the organization to ensure the safety of the volunteers and of knowing their whereabouts in Jaipur. 

Some essential sites includes:

  • Delhi, India’s capital, where you can visit the Mughal gardens and fort
  • Arga for its river views and the Taj Mahal
  • Outside of Mumbai lies the traffic-free and densely-wooded hill top town of Matheran
  • Goa, located on the west coast, for its beautiful stretch of coastline. 

Tasks: Volunteers are required to assist with teaching both English and computer skills, and will also endeavor to show these girls how to apply these new skills to provide a brighter future. Teaching them about the world, cultures, food and recent news events is also helpful.

COST

Jaipur

4 Weeks- $625

6 Weeks- $840

8 Weeks- $1055

12 Weeks- $1490

16 Weeks- $1920

20 Weeks- $2355

24 Weeks- $2785


Dharamshala

4 Weeks- $730

6 Weeks- $950

8 Weeks- $1165

12 Weeks- $1595

16 Weeks- $2030

20 Weeks- $2460

24 Weeks- $2895

***In addition to this cost is a $235 registration fee. This fee covers any placements you might undertake for 12 months from the start of your first placement. The fee is refundable if you choose not to volunteer more than three months prior to the start of your initial placement. This fee ensures 24/7 pre- and post-placement support from Love Volunteers, checking and vetting of local organizations, a comprehensive information pack, as well as administration and marketing costs.***

Apply Here

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