Monday, July 12, 2010

Volunteers Needed For Museum Tours

Calling all WMU alumni, retirees, and students (grad or advanced undergrad): Interested in a unique opportunity to develop public speaking/communications skills, serve Kalamazoo Public School youth and train to lead a tour through the RACE exhibit when it arrives in Kalamazoo this Fall?

Professor Kristina Wirtz's Fall 2010 service-learning course, Anth 5030: Anthropology in the Community, will be recruiting a pool of volunteer support guides for museum tours. The volunteer support guides will provide support to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Anthro 5030, who will be training to assist classes of Kalamazoo Public School (KPS) students touring the Kalamazoo Valley Museum's RACE exhibit starting in October 2010. All volunteer support guides will have a unique opportunity to work with KPS administrators and teachers, WMU faculty, students and staff, and will have special opportunities to participate in intensive trainings and workshops in cultural anthropology and service learning.

The requirements for support guides include a background check form (required by KPS), and availability for the following times/activities:

Tuesday/Thursdays 10:00-11:30am (for group trainings in September)
At least five mornings total 8:30am-11am (M-F between October and early December)
Attend one weekend evening retreat 3-10PM in early September
Attend an educators open house on Friday, October 1 (1-6pm).

Total time commitment over the entire Fall 2010 semester: 35-40 hours.

Interested? Please forward a resume with contact information, a statement of interest, and letter confirming your availability to work at the above times to Kathy Purnell, University Coordinator of Service Learning at Phone: 269-387-2139. Please put the phrase "Museum Support Guide" in the subject line. If a student, you must be an advanced undergraduate or graduate student.

A description of the RACE exhibit is available at:

Advanced undergraduates who are eligible for work-study may opt to participate in this opportunity as a paid short-term/temporary position.

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