Category Archive for "News and Events"

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss This Summer’s Seminar in Service Learning

March 23, 2017

  Your students are asking the hard questions, you need a community to support you to explore those questions In the last eight months, staff and faculty from all over the country gathered for two intensive seminars with Dr. Tim Stanton critically exploring the field of service-learning.  These cohorts–with a wide range of perspectives and voices–supported each other through a variety of serious and troubling questions:  Should my team set up new programs based on university strategic goals without clear invitation from the partner community? Is mutual partnership possible when we as Westerners are working with hundreds of years of imperialism on our side? Is service-learning inherently political?  Dr. Stanton brings decades of experience exploring the ethics of service-learning both at…

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Zika Virus Prevention and Safety

Zika Virus: Prevention and Safety

February 17, 2016

For anyone who has been following the news, the Zika virus is sweeping the headlines. The safety of our volunteers is our biggest priority, so it is important to understand the facts of the disease and take the appropriate precautions to avoid transmission. About the virus The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes The incubation period (the time from exposure to when symptoms appear) is a few days to a week The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), muscle pain, and headache Prevention techniques focus on reducing mosquito bites and include using insect repellent; wearing clothes that cover as much as the body as possible; using physical barriers such as screens, closed doors,…

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Introducing the 2015 Global Health Fellows

Introducing the 2015 United Planet Global Health Fellows

July 30, 2015

We are proud to continue the United Planet Global Health Fellowship, now in its second year. This program is designed for Boston Public School students who are looking to explore careers in the healthcare field. We are excited to introduce the 2015 Global Health Fellows, five Boston-area high school students who will be traveling on a fully-funded volunteer Quest to Ecuador to work with local healthcare professionals. Partly sponsored by local organizations such as Cubist Pharmaceuticals, the Clough Center for Global Understanding, the Reebok Foundation, and the Innovation Group, the fellowship program provides the Fellows with international experience, which is almost essential in the increasingly global field of healthcare. They will also immerse in the local community and culture, live with host families,…

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Ebola Information for the United Planet Community

October 31, 2014
Elaina Druid

For anyone who has been following the news, Ebola is sweeping the headlines. If you are someone who is considering one of our Quests in Africa, then you may be wondering if you should be concerned about the Ebola outbreak that is going on in western Africa. The virus is named after the Ebola river, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was in this area where one of the first outbreaks of Ebola occurred in 1976. Symptoms of the Ebola virus usually take between 2-21 days to appear. It is important to note that those who are infected with the virus only become contagious once they start presenting the symptoms of Ebola. Ebola is contracted by coming into…

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United Nations 2014 Climate Summit

October 14, 2014
Elaina Druid

On September 23 the United Nations met at their New York headquarters to discuss the issue of global climate change. This Summit aimed to inspire world leaders to take action in the fight against global climate change. The United Nations goal is to reduce the rise in global temperature to less than two degrees Celsius by 2015. The Summit has proved to be a success; world leaders have agreed that immediate action must be taken. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, wanted world leaders to be ready to take action at this summit, so he asked world leaders in advance to come prepared with actions and initiatives that they will enact in order to reduce emissions and prevent the rise…

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International Day of Peace 2014

September 20, 2014

The International Day of Peace is observed every year on the 21st of September. The United Nations declared the 21st as a day devoted to “strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.” This year, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of the Right of Peoples to Peace, the theme of International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”. The Declaration, which was approved by the UN in 1984, recognizes that “the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.” To inaugurate the day, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters in New York City. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa. World…

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