Category Archives: Volunteering

Call for Volunteers – 2nd Grade Microbiome Workshop

UB’s Genomics, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence (GEM) is sponsoring “Mind your Microbiome Week” from November 14-18.  This is a week filled with events and activities for people of all ages, including visits to area second grade classrooms to educate the students about microbes and microbiomes.  GEM is seeking volunteers to participate in two classrooms visits, one week apart, of approximately 1 hour each and attend a 1 hour training session.

Time Commitments and Workshop Layout:

  • 2 Tuesdays, November 8th and 15th
  • 2 Wednesdays, November 9th and 16th
  • 2 Thursdays, November 10th and 17th

It is preferable if you are able to participate in both weekly visits, but you are certainly welcome to volunteer for only one visit.

  • Training session – 1 hour, during the week of October 31.
    • Locations:  1 session on North Campus or 1 on South campus
  • Classroom Visit #1 – approximately 1 hour on November  8, 9, or 10
    • Locations: Buffalo Public Schools #67 (Discovery) and #89 (Lydia T Wright), and Sweet Home Central Schools
    • Read the book, “Tiny:  The Invisible World of Microbes”
    • Show pictures of microbes under the microscope
    • Introduce the concept that there are microscopic communities on our bodies, called microbiomes and that these microbes are helpful to our health.  Discuss that different parts of our body have different microbial communities (microbiomes).  So, what is on our head differs from the microbes in our armpit or arm.
    • Lead the students through taking swabs of their head and forearm and streaking those swabs on a petri dish.  The students are then able to choose two more places they would like to investigate.  These may be other body parts, or locations in the classroom.
    • Collect all of the plates to be brought back to UB for incubation over the next week.
  • Classroom Visit #2 – approximately 1 hour on November 15, 16, or 17
    • Location:  Same as above
    • Review the concepts of microbes and microbiome
    • Discuss that microbes are all different shapes, sizes and textures
    • Return the plates to the student
    • Aid the students in completing a simple lab report of their observations.
    • Lead the students in using various craft supplies to create a model of their own, custom microbe

If you are interested in participating, or would like to learn more, please contact Dr. Sandra Small at sksmall@buffalo.edu or 888-4851.

 

Dental Volunteer Opportunities Available

The Dental Office at Good Neighbors has clinical volunteer opportunities available.  Pre-Dental students can work chairside with volunteer dentists and staff.  They learn not only clinical skills, but infection control procedures, instrument identification and general office procedures.  Student volunteers are encouraged to network among themselves to share strategies and suggestions as well as with local dentists. This is truly a unique opportunity as students become a critical part of operations.  Students are asked to make a commitment of time per semester as well as complete the volunteer application process.

The Dental Office at Good Neighbors is affiliated with Harvest House (www.harvesthouse.ws)  at their Jefferson Avenue location. It was established ten years ago and serves patients Monday evenings, Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons.

Students with a serious interest and the time to share can contact the Dental Coordinator, Lynn, at goodneighborsdental54@yahoo.com.

 

GAP Medics Update

A project for pre-med students studying the brain:

From May through August of 2014, Gap Medics is facilitating educational projects for aspiring neurosurgeons, neurologists and psychiatrists in the bustling city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. These students will enjoy placements in the following partner hospitals:
•    Neurological Hospital: Visit with recovering stroke patients and those suffering from afflictions of the brain.
•    Suanprung Psychiatric Hospital: A firsthand look at a mental and behavioral healthcare facility in a developing country.
•    Nakornping Hospital: Observe all operations on the nervous system, including neurosurgery and cervical spine surgery.
Registration is available now.

****This message is from GAPS Medics. Please note that UB cannot directly endorse any service programs and does advise you thoroughly research such programs before applying or committing to participate.****

2014 Summer Internship at European Hospital

•    Travel abroad to a beautiful island
•    Intern in public hospitals on the island
•    See European healthcare up close
•    Teach English to hospital staff as a way to give back
•    Learn Spanish or Portuguese
The Atlantis Project brings pre-health undergraduate students for 5-week summer programs in the Canary Islands (Spain) and the Azores Islands (Portugal).  Atlantis Fellows intern at local public hospitals, see the European healthcare system from the inside, improve language skills, and contribute to the community by teaching English to local residents – all of this in some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Apply for all sessions online. Applicants for any of the summer sessions may apply in either of the two application rounds. The earlier round (Feb 2) will provide greater choice of site, timing, and experience type.  For application details visit atlantis-project.org or contact Jennifer Ely at admissions@atlantis-project.org or via phone at (765) 444 9972.

****This message is from The Atlantis Project. Please note that UB cannot directly endorse any service programs and does advise you thoroughly research such programs before applying or committing to participate.****

Volunteer Opportunities for February 2014

Volunteer with ISL’s Global Health Teams, February 2014!

Peru (Machu Picchu)
February 8-16 &
February 8-March 1

Costa Rica
March 14-23

Belize
February 26-March 6

International Service Learning
4632 Swenson Rd
Clayton WA 99110
(816) 767-0481
email: info@ISLonline.org

www.ISLonline.org

****This message is from International Service Learning. Please note that UB cannot directly endorse any service programs and does advise you thoroughly research such programs before applying or committing to participate.****

GAPS Medics

Spots for Spring Break and Summer 2014 are filling up fast! Booking a Gap Medics placement before December 1st will guarantee a spot!
The following programs are still available in Tanzania and Thailand:

Pre-Medicine

Pre-Nursing

Pre-Dentistry

Pre-Midwifery

Pre-Physician Assistant
“Gap Medics has far surpassed any expectation that I originally had; I was able to obtain real medical knowledge and experiences that I truly believe I couldn’t have received from any other program!”
– Bryant Elrick, College Senior, Colorado

Get pumped! Get excited! Read what other students have to say on our Facebook. The time is now!
Click here to learn more and to apply. Or call us at 415-361-4076!
****This message is from GAPS Medics. Please note that UB cannot directly endorse any service programs and does advise you thoroughly research such programs before applying or committing to participate.****

Volunteer Opportunities during Thanksgiving Break

ISL
International Service Learning
Serving the global community, one adventure at a time!

Students: We have volunteer opportunities scheduled in Costa Rica and Nicaragua during Thanksgiving Break, Nov 23-Dec 1, 2013. Join us in nursing, global health, veterinary medicine, photojournalism, or global service projects such as painting and light construction.
For more information contact us at Info@ISLonline.org or (816) 767-0481, or visit our website, www.ISLonline.org.

Our Mission:  ISL strives to enhance academic learning through service experience while providing quality health care and other services in developing communities. We utilize in-country professionals and offer programs which observe the highest ethical standards and inspire volunteers to a lifestyle of service.

****This message is from International Service Learning. Please note that UB cannot directly endorse any service programs and does advise you thoroughly research such programs before applying or committing to participate.****

Dental Shadowing Program 2013: Introductory Meeting

This message is from Cody Gorman, IgniteDDS Pre-Dental Group Leader

After receiving a number of positive responses from Pre-dental students, we have begun assembling our program!

An introductory meeting for the IgniteDDS Dental Shadowing Program will be held on Monday, August 26th at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (Squire Hall on the South Campus of UB, Main street for those who aren’t familiar). This meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. During this time we will discuss the program’s goals and guidelines, and ask for your feedback on how we can make this program most beneficial for you! In attendance will be myself as well as Dr. David Rice, President/Founder of IgniteDDS.

In addition, we are happy to announce that Dr. David Brown, Director of Admissions at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, will be joining us to say a few words on the importance of shadowing and how the experience can be most beneficial to a Pre-Dental student’s decision in pursuing a dental profession!

We welcome all who wish to participate in this introductory meeting to please RSVP by Saturday, August 24 to codygorm@buffalo.edu (with the email Subject “IgniteDDS”) so we can best prepare for your presence. You will receive room information for the presentation upon your RSVP.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Cody Gorman

IgniteDDS Pre-Dental Group Leader
UB Pre-Dental Association Treasurer 2012-2013

ISL global health volunteer opportunities for September & November 2013

Students: Join a global health team this September or November!

Global Health: Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Sep 8-22, 2013
Global Health: Nicaragua, Sep 14-22, 2013
Global Health & Veterinary, Nicaragua, Nov 23-Nov 30, 2013
Global Health & Nursing, Costa Rica, Nov 23-Dec 1, 2013

For more information contact us at Info@ISLonline.org or (816) 767-0481, or visit our website, www.ISLonline.org.

Our Mission:  ISL strives to enhance academic learning through service experience while providing quality health care and other services in developing communities. We utilize in-country professionals and offer programs which observe the highest ethical standards and inspire volunteers to a lifestyle of service.

****This message is from International Service Learning. Please note that UB cannot directly endorse any service programs and does advise you thoroughly research such programs before applying or committing to participate.****