DiME Executive Committee 2020/21
Diversity in Medical Education (DiME)
Voluntary Service International
Requirements:VSI membership; Stable internet connection; a laptop, camera and microphone
Voluntary Service International is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement started in 1920 in the aftermath of the First World War. Voluntary Service International was founded in 1965 after several projects in the late '50s. Since then VSI has undertaken a wide variety of voluntary and community work throughout Ireland and has sent volunteers to many projects in over 70 countries worldwide.
This virtual environmental project organised by the VSI partner organisation SCI Germany!
Historical Description: The former women concentration camp of Ravensbrueck was established in 1939 near the small city of Fuerstenberg/Havel. Until the liberation in April 1945, more than 120.000 women and children, 20.000 men, and 1.000 young minor women of the so called “Uckermark Youth Protective Custody Camp” were incarcerated there. The prisoners came from more than 30 nations. They had to do forced labor in different sectors, e.g. for SS-factories or the company of Siemens. Their daily life was characterized by hunger, mistreatments, and bad hygienic conditions. Tens of thousands of prisoners were killed. Today, Ravensbrueck Memorial Museum keeps traces and records, enhances remembrance and research, and creates a place of active learning and get-togethers. Every year this international project is organized in cooperation with the Memorial site.
Type of Work: Volunteers can get involved in the translation and transcribing of source material for the Ravensbrück Archive. Please inform us which language skills you have!
Volunteers will learn about the prisoners and female SS-guards, commemoration and remembrance at Ravensbrueck Memorial; Volunteers will participate – in commemoration of Ravensbrück – in the performance-project “Sound in the Silence”. All participants are encouraged to join study groups on the topics of Creative Writing and Dance, where they can develop creative content with others as a part of the performance.
The group will meet survivors of Ravensbrück Women’s camp online.
Time Commitment: The times for the online sessions will be finalised closer to the start of the project to accommodate all participants’ time zones.
Language: The group will speak English.
Availability: Please note that there is limited availability for online projects, so we allocate these places on a first come, first served basis.
You need to be a member of VSI to participate in this project. If you’re not yet a member, it’s easy to sign up - you can read more here: https://www.vsi.ie/about/membership.html, complete the application form and pay your membership(€20 for unwaged individuals, €40 for waged individuals).
You'll need a laptop (smartphones or tablets won't work) and a good internet connection that works with video calls for the project.
You'll need to send a motivation letter (just a short paragraph) to firstname.lastname@example.org stating why you are interested in Wikipedia and in working on Wikipedia articles about peace, as well as confirming your availability to participate throughout the whole project.
Finally, you'll need to fill out the application form below:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSda5s5tgH1EWNZauxjJE6fUQXzMmDVE_1-gUrOSewDFkgI4og/viewform
Is training provided?: Yes
Tasks that the volunteer(s) will be expected to undertake:
Volunteers will learn about the prisoners and female SS-guards, commemoration and remembrance at Ravensbrueck Memorial;
Volunteers will participate – in commemoration of Ravensbrück – in the performance-project “Sound in the Silence”.
All participants are encouraged to join study groups on the topics of Creative Writing and Dance, where they can develop creative content with others as a part of the performance.
For those with language skills translation and transcribing might be a task.
Skills required for this role:
Language: English; conversational skills are required.
Details of time commitment needed for role:
Project dates: 02 August - 15 August 2021 Please note: The times for the online sessions will be finalised closer to the start of the project to accommodate all participants’ time zones.
Minimum time commitment per week:
10+ hour p/week
Additional screening required for this role:
Interested applicants need to be a member of VSI to participate in this project. If you’re not yet a member, it’s easy to sign up! See here: https://www.vsi.ie/about/membership.html Applicants will need to fill out a short application form and will also need to send VSI a motivation letter (just a short paragraph) to email@example.com stating your interest as well as confirming your availability during the project. Application form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSda5s5tgH1EWNZauxjJE6fUQXzMmDVE_1-gUrOSewDFkgI4og/viewform
If you have any questions about this role please feel free to get in touch:
Name: Mateja Jakšić
Address: Voluntary Service International, 20 Dominick Street Lower, Dublin 1
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