You have arrived at your volunteer destination. Your heart is beating 100 miles an hour. You're double-checking that you haven’t left anything behind on the bus, train or car. Maybe your hands are sweaty. Those butterflies in your stomach must be doing somersaults in double time. Don’t worry!
These symptoms that you are experiencing actually have a label: excitement! more»
On February 2 every year the holiday Groundhog Day is celebrated. Before Groundhog Day came to the United States there was a tradition involving a bear or badger in Europe. The Groundhog Day we celebrate today originates from the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 1800s. more»
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it plans to reduce operating costs by $9 million over the next four years in order to meet future health-care and retirement obligations for its employees and to fund infrastructure needs. more»
Penns View, Bald Eagle State Forest, Centre County. Penns Creek, visible in the foreground, meanders through the mountains; in the distance is Penns Valley and another series of mountains. The landscape here is typical of the state's ridge-and-valley region.
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Author: Nicholas A. Tonelli from Pennsylvania, USA)
Anglers visiting the popular Section 03 of Penns Creek in Centre County can expect to have continued high quality angling and could see larger trout in coming years if a proposed regulation change approved today by the Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) Board of Commissioners becomes final next year. more»
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will host a trout-fishing seminar in conjunction with its quarterly business meeting set for Jan. 23-24 at the Harrisburg headquarters, located at 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
The trout-fishing seminar will be held on Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 9 p.m. in the Commission’s Susquehanna Room. more»
When David Klein of Freedom, Pa., received notification that he had just won the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) sweepstakes award for a guided Lake Erie steelhead trip for two people, he was amazed. The trip prize was the first of 20 prizes, over 20 weeks (one per week), to be awarded in the PFBC’s “Fishing’s Fun Sweepstakes” through early May 2013. more»
Whether you are volunteering, traveling, or studying abroad for any length of time, you will most likely encounter culture shock at some point. Here is a look at what you will be feeling during each of the stages. more»
Peace, education, justice, and the welfare of youth have long been recognized as the foundations of a thriving society. While conflict and poor economic conditions have left many in a sense of hopelessness in the Middle East, two great organizations have provided relief and promoted peaceful solutions in Lebanon and the U.S.: Dar Al Ayatam Al Islamiya and the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation. more»
While choosing a volunteer abroad program, you’ll come across some terms that often are used interchangeably. This book will focus primarily on volunteer vacations and long-term service, but let’s take a look at the more common types of travel associated with these two, and note the differences. more»
For today’s article, let’s go over volunteer abroad programs that focus on research. This is a great area to volunteer in, especially if you’re a student seeking college credit for your volunteer work. more»
NCC8 member Shana Eichenberg digs at the Glunk archaeology site in spring 2012.
Northcentral Chapter 8 of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, in cooperation with Lycoming College’s North American Archaeology Department and volunteers from various community service groups, have completed the second year of excavations at the Glunk Site in Loyalsock Township, Lycoming County. more»
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today that it will begin to draw down Wayne County’s Lower Woods Pond after an evaluation of the lake’s earthen dam found that the structure does not meet current dam safety standards set by the Commonwealth. more»
Located in the hub of three worlds, Morocco is part of Africa, the Middle East, and just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Europe. While this has promoted some degree of cultural diversification and an outlet for modernity, today Morocco is ranked 130th on the UN’s Human Development Index, making it one of the least developed countries of the world. more»
Christmas for a volunteer can be tough—especially if you’re about to leave on a major trip abroad. It’s likely that you want to pack light, and you might have a hard time explaining to friends and family what exactly you can take along on your trip. As someone who’s volunteered abroad and is about to leave on a trip myself, here is my handy-dandy guide for the needy volunteer! more»
Volunteering abroad will likely be one of the best experiences of your life—you’ll meet new people, learn new skills, and be able to push the limits of your worldview. However, volunteering abroad isn’t all fun and games. A number of issues, some of which you can control and some of which you cannot, could pop up at any time. more»
It’s easy to take the volunteer abroad industry at face value. After all, how complicated can it be? You find a cause, find a program, and book your flight, right? Depending on how familiar you are, it may be surprising that the volunteer abroad industry is extremely complex, ripe with discussion and debate as it struggles to provide for the needs of the communities and volunteers. more»
South America is a popular volunteer abroad destination for a variety of reasons. Recent political stability and a surge in development programs coupled with beautiful scenery, diverse cultures, and an increasing number of volunteer programs available make South America a perfect volunteer destination. more»
Volunteering long-term is amazing. Not only are you able to really address the need that you are championing, but you also give yourself some time to gain valuable skills that are both useful to the project and to your resume. more»
Pairing volunteer work abroad with academic courses, such as choosing to do an Alternative Spring Break, taking a Gap Year, or going overseas to volunteer in the future, can be an effective resume builder as well as a means for gaining that extra bit of academic credit you have been putting off. more»
This January, I am thrilled to be leaving the U.S. for eleven months to teach English in Malaysia as a recipient of a 2012—2013 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant. I have to tell you guys: this grant is my greatest dream come true. more»
As an English major, it is no secret that I absolutely love words. I love everything about them—from learning new ones to learning entirely new languages. On my travels, I wholly enjoyed exploring both the lands that I was visiting and their unique languages. more»
With a new fishing season just around the corner, anglers can ready themselves for years to come by purchasing a multi-year fishing license, available for the first time this year from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). more»