Finding Your Path to Service   By Samantha Williams 2008 Rotary Scholar to Johannesburg, South Africa
It’s ALL Good! <ul><li>Rotaract </li></ul><ul><li>Interact </li></ul><ul><li>Former Rotary Scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Loca...
Places to Look <ul><li>Look for current projects you can join </li></ul><ul><li>Stay connected to Rotary </li></ul><ul><li...
Look for current projects you can join <ul><li>Visited 1 st  week in SA </li></ul><ul><li>Rural water project </li></ul><u...
Stay connected to Rotary <ul><li>Stay in contact with your district’s publicist, scholar coordinator, DG, club president -...
Team up with fellow Rotary Scholars to create service projects / tap into current scholars <ul><li>Contacted scholar in Jo...
Join projects associated with your university <ul><li>Volunteered with the South African Human Rights Commission and the C...
Research in-country NGOs  <ul><li>Swimming South Africa (Rotary spouse connection) </li></ul><ul><li>Sowetan swimmer – Oly...
Focus on your skills and talents or career goals <ul><li>Researcher with the University of the Witwatersrand Education Pol...
Focus on cultural issues
Get Involved Stay Involved Don’t Wait to be Asked Presume No Knowledge Keep Your Word
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Presentation on potential community service opportunities. Presented to outbound Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars in Tampa, Florida on June 25, 2011.

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Rotary Community Service Presentation, Tampa, FL

  1. 1. Finding Your Path to Service By Samantha Williams 2008 Rotary Scholar to Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. 2. It’s ALL Good! <ul><li>Rotaract </li></ul><ul><li>Interact </li></ul><ul><li>Former Rotary Scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Local Rotary Club projects </li></ul><ul><li>Churches </li></ul><ul><li>Peace Corps </li></ul><ul><li>International Service Organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Habitat for Humanity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Red Cross </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UNICEF </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Places to Look <ul><li>Look for current projects you can join </li></ul><ul><li>Stay connected to Rotary </li></ul><ul><li>Team up with fellow Rotary Scholars to create service projects </li></ul><ul><li>Tap into former Scholars who studied in your host country </li></ul><ul><li>Join projects associated with your university </li></ul><ul><li>Research in-country NGOs </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on your skills and talents or career goals </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on cultural issues </li></ul>
  4. 4. Look for current projects you can join <ul><li>Visited 1 st week in SA </li></ul><ul><li>Rural water project </li></ul><ul><li>Mt. Moriah in Durban </li></ul><ul><li>Went out to do home visits </li></ul><ul><li>Rotary wheelchair prog. </li></ul><ul><li>Collab w/ local men’s group </li></ul>
  5. 5. Stay connected to Rotary <ul><li>Stay in contact with your district’s publicist, scholar coordinator, DG, club president -- every Rotarian who asks you to stay in touch, DO </li></ul><ul><li>RI President’s Conference on Child Mortality (volunteered through the district) </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated visits to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls for GSE teams, Rotary International VP, District Governor; Rotary applications </li></ul><ul><li>Spoke at youth leadership camp </li></ul><ul><li>Rotary sponsored Voices for Africa concert w/ local high school </li></ul><ul><li>Rotary book project; built a library w/ OWLAG girls </li></ul>
  6. 6. Team up with fellow Rotary Scholars to create service projects / tap into current scholars <ul><li>Contacted scholar in Johannesburg months before I went / arranged service trip 1 st weekend in country </li></ul><ul><li>Joined Rotaract Club of Johannesburg </li></ul><ul><li>Twice a month community service </li></ul><ul><li>Linked with organization NOAH to do projects with sites serving children with HIV </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with local Interact Club by visiting their projects, visiting their school </li></ul>
  7. 7. Join projects associated with your university <ul><li>Volunteered with the South African Human Rights Commission and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation </li></ul><ul><li>Marched in opposition to the xenophobic violence </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your ear to the ground, read every email, approach organizations with interesting missions or activities </li></ul>
  8. 8. Research in-country NGOs <ul><li>Swimming South Africa (Rotary spouse connection) </li></ul><ul><li>Sowetan swimmer – Olympic team </li></ul><ul><li>Presented to youth group </li></ul><ul><li>Gods’ Golden Acre – profiled in Emma Guest’s book on AIDS orphans </li></ul><ul><li>Stayed for a week; went back to visit </li></ul>
  9. 9. Focus on your skills and talents or career goals <ul><li>Researcher with the University of the Witwatersrand Education Policy Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Visited homes in peri-urban township with South African researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewed South African NGOs and international organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Spoke at Rotary meetings about my findings and about education in SA & US; got things donated to a school </li></ul><ul><li>Published my thesis; wrote a chapter for a book </li></ul><ul><li>All of my current work is based on this experience </li></ul>
  10. 10. Focus on cultural issues
  11. 11. Get Involved Stay Involved Don’t Wait to be Asked Presume No Knowledge Keep Your Word

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