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Cultural, Social Events, and Volunteer Opportunities

 

Graduate Assistants on the Global Engagement Team

Korisma Charisma
Korisma Grant
Master: Social Work
Charisma Thapa
Master: Urban and Regional Planning


May

Ann Arbor Blooms Day (Rain or Shine)

Blooms Day
Date Time Location
Sat, May 21 8:45am to Noon Ann Arbor

More information including registration will be available in the near future.

Meeting location and time: The group will meet outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street at 8:45 AM to walk over to Liberty Plaza (between East Liberty and South Division).

Description: Ann Arbor Downtown Blooms Day is a great volunteering opportunity where you can help beautify the city and connect with other international students/scholars/families in a meaningful way. We will plant flowers, mulch planters, and help make the downtown areas along State, Main, South University, and Liberty Streets more attractive. Supplies will be provided for planting flowers throughout downtown, although you can bring your gardening gloves and trowel if you have one. Please dress for the weather. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and a free pizza lunch after the activities. 


June

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week Group Dinner

Restaurant Week
Date Time Location
Thur June 16 TBA Meet outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street.

Description: Ann Arbor Restaurant Week comes to town twice a year (January and June). It is a local celebration of dining in the community. Restaurant Week is your opportunity to try as many great Ann Arbor restaurants as your schedule allows for one incredibly low fixed price. Come join the group for a fun meal at the restaurant.

More information including registration, time and dinner location will be available in June.


Chicago Day Trip (Rain or Shine)

Chicago
Date Time Location
Sat, Jun 18 7am to midnight Chicago, Illinois

More information including cost and registration will be available in June.

Meeting time and location: Participants may choose to board the bus from either Central Campus or North Campus at one of the locations designated below. Upon our return, participants may choose to be dropped off at Central or North Campus locations.

Pick-up and Drop-off Location Meeting Time
Central Campus: outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street 7am
North Campus: outside the Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 7:20am

** Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 7:30am for Chicago. 

Note: Estimated arrival time in Chicago will be 11:30am local time (Chicago is on Central Time and is one hour behind Ann Arbor/Eastern time). Attendees will return to the bus in Chicago at 7pm local time (8pm Ann Arbor time) and will arrive back in Ann Arbor at approximately midnight.

Description: Join the International Center in a day trip to Chicago. You decide how to explore Chicago for the day. The drop-off and pickup location in Chicago will be by the Millennium Park Welcome Center, so you can plan your route from there.  There are museums, shopping, excellent dining, and famous sites for all interests and all ages. Check the web site in advance so you will have an idea about the activities you plan to do for the day.


July

Cedar Point Amusement Park (Rain or Shine)

Cedar Point
Date Time Location
Sat, Jul 16 8am-11pm Sandusky, Ohio

More information including cost and registration will be available in July.

Meeting time and location: Participants may choose to board the bus from either Central or North Campus at one of the locations designated below. Upon our return to Ann Arbor, participants can be dropped off at the Central or North Campus location.

Pick-up and Drop-off Location Meeting Time
Central Campus: outside the International Center (Student Activities Building) on Jefferson Street 8am
North Campus: outside the Pierpont Commons on Murfin Avenue 8:20am

** Please Note: The bus will depart the North Campus location at 8:30am for Cedar Point.

Event Description: Cedar Point is an amusement park located on a Lake Erie peninsula. It is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States. It features a world-record 72 rides. The park offers spectacular views of Lake Erie, live shows, gift shops, restaurants, a beach, boardwalk, calm and gentle rides, and much more. If you’d like to go outside the park to see Lake Erie, you can get your hand stamped as you exist so you can reenter.


Ongoing Opportunities

Community Service at Delonis Shelter

community service

International student volunteers will prepare and serve food at the Delonis Homeless Shelter. This is an opportunity to see a different aspect of American life than what you are exposed to at U-M.

These will take place on the 2nd Thursday of every month all term. There will be two shifts and four or five people are needed for each shift. Shift One is from 2:30 to about 6:00 p.m., and Shift Two is from 4:30 to around 8:00 p.m. Shift One participants will prepare food and Shift Two participants will serve food. Volunteers will meet at the Ecumenical Center and International Residence on Church Street and drive downtown to the Delonis Shelter. Afterwards, we will come back to ECIR for dinner and discussion.

Service Dates: May 12, Jun. 9, Jul. 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

Registration Deadline: Three business days prior to each service date. If you would like to participate, please contact ECIR's Volunteer Coordinators at delonis.ecir@gmail.com. In your email, please include:

* Your name

* Shift preference (first or second)

* Your phone number

* Whether you have a car and could help with transportation, including the number of passengers you can accommodate.

This opportunity is co-sponsored by the U-M International Center and the Ecumenical Center and International Residence.

For a map to ECIR, please see http://www.ecir.org/about/directions/

See Shelter Association of Washtenaw County for more information about the Delonis Homeless Shelter.


Scholar Conversation Classes

conversation group

Description: This series is designed to meet the needs of international scholars at U-M. Each session features a different topic and you can attend as many of the sessions as you want. The group will practice conversational English and discuss U.S. customs related to informal social interactions in a university setting. 

Open to international scholars only.

 

Date Time Location
Thur, Feb 25 3:30 – 5pm Room 4016, 4th Floor Conference Room, Michigan Union
Thur, Mar 31 3 – 4:30pm Room 4016, 4th Floor Conference Room, Michigan Union
Tue, Apr 26 3 – 4:30pm Room 4016, 4th Floor Conference Room, Michigan Union
Wed, May 25 3 – 4:30pm Room 4016, 4th Floor Conference Room, Michigan Union

American Literature Book Discussion

literature

Description: If you love to read, join us for this scholar book discussion group. First read the featured book, then we'll meet to discuss the story. This is a great way to improve your vocabulary, practice your English reading and conversational skills, learn about American culture, and have FUN! Each book is fewer than 200 pages. 

Date Time Location Topic
Sun, Apr 3 2:30 – 4pm Michigan Union 1920s: The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Thu, May 5 4:30 – 6pm International Center Conference Room 1930s: Day of the Locust – Nathaniel West
Thur, Jun 16 4:30 – 6pm International Center Conference Room 1940s: The Pearl – John Steinbeck
Thur, Jul 14 4:30 – 6pm International Center Conference Room 1950s: The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

Coffee Hour

Coffee Hour

Description: The Coffee Hours offered in the summer is designed to welcome new international students, scholars and families and introduce them to leisure, cultural and educational activities at U-M and in Ann Arbor. Current students, scholars and families are also welcome to attend.

Date Time Location
Fri, May 20


3:30 – 4:30pm



ECIR Community Room (921 Church Street). ECIR is a 3-minute walk from the Ross Business School.
Fri, Jun 17
Fri, Jul 15
Fri, Aug 19
Fri, Aug 26

Questions? Contact the International Center at icenter@umich.edu


 

Last reviewed: 04/16