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    1. 1. 2009 National Chinese Language Conference
    2. 2. Introductions <ul><li>This session is all about you </li></ul><ul><li>& how you fit the National Language Service Corps </li></ul><ul><li>… but a little bit about us, too </li></ul><ul><li>& how we got involved </li></ul><ul><li>Please ask questions at any time! </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is the National Language Service Corps ? <ul><li>The NLSC is a public civilian organization made up of on-call volunteers willing to offer their diverse language skills across local, state and federal agencies. </li></ul><ul><li>The NLSC is on-call to provide service including emergency relief as well as in support of domestic and international crises—wherever language skills are needed. </li></ul><ul><li>The NLSC is an organization that strives to connect service-minded individuals who embrace the power of communication and ultimately, envision helping the greater human good. </li></ul>
    4. 4. What makes the NLSC different? <ul><li>Americans volunteering their time & language skills </li></ul><ul><li>To assist government agencies </li></ul><ul><li>NLSC languages </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Marshallese, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Thai, Vietnamese </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>NLSC Members </li></ul>
    5. 5. What do Charter Members do? <ul><li>Are on-call. </li></ul><ul><li>When called upon, go on assignments where they utilize their language skills to facilitate communication between a language community and a government agency. </li></ul><ul><li>Members work in several areas including health services, logistics and engineering. </li></ul><ul><li>NLSC anticipates Members fulfilling assignments in everyday setting. </li></ul>
    6. 6. What kind of experiences can NLSC Charter Members expect while on assignment? <ul><li>Centers for Disease Control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Russian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marshallese </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandarin Chinese </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Garuda Shield </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint Peacekeeping & Humanitarian Training Exercise in Indonesia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DIA </li></ul>“ I never anticipated going on an assignment and couldn’t believe I was asked to volunteer ...after (only) three months of service with the NLSC ... I joined the National Language Service Corps to become a part of something larger.” Charter Member Tanya Clark (center front), Russian Speaker on assignment at CDC Exercise
    7. 7. Benefits of being a NLSC Member <ul><li>Unique opportunities for its Members to get involved and help communities facing language barriers. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal satisfaction from their role in improving cross-cultural communications. </li></ul><ul><li>Resume enhancement for staying active and involved during a time of career change or maintaining out of work skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Access to mission readiness training, certification and skill enhancement via our 24/7 Communications Center </li></ul><ul><li>Access to become a part of a service-oriented network. </li></ul><ul><li>Compensation for their service certified expertise in languages determined to be important to the security and welfare of the nation. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Membership Activities
    9. 9. Our Charter Member Comments “ This has been a wonderful experience. I’ve never done anything like this before … I was grateful they (the CDC) cared about my opinion.” John Wu, CDC Exercise Mandarin Speaker
    10. 10. More from our Charter Members I welcome any opportunity to use Marshallese, especially when it helps the people I love so much. Carol Curtis CDC Exercise Marshallese Speaker
    11. 11. What are the requirements to become a Charter Member? <ul><li>Be motivated to help their fellow citizens throughout the nation and world. </li></ul><ul><li>Be U. S. Citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Be 18 years of age or older </li></ul><ul><li>Possess expertise in one of the NLSC languages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chinese, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Marshallese, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Thai, Vietnamese </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accepting expressions of interest from speakers of other languages </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Visit our website at </li></ul><ul><li>Call our toll free # 1-888-729-6572 </li></ul><ul><li>Sign up today with NLSC staff! </li></ul>How Can I Join the NLSC ?
    13. 13. <ul><li>You Can Help. Join Us! </li></ul><ul><li>Apply online at: NLSCORPS.ORG/OUTREACH </li></ul><ul><li>Call us: 1-888-729-6572 </li></ul>