WHAT’S ON AT MEDWARDS MCR

Each week, the Murray Edwards MCR committee will share some of the opportunities and events coming up around Cambridge.

Please send your suggestions and announcements to mcr-secretary@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk

Events- Academic and Professional

Open Meeting on College Rents- 28 Nov 5:30pm

Buckingham House

In light of all the discussion surrounding rent recently the college has organised an open meeting for students to meet and discuss these issues in an open format with college leadership, do come along!

Cambridge Inaugural Palestine Trek Info Session- Nov 27  6:15 PM

Darwin College Old Library

Led by Cambridge Palestinian graduate students and members of the Cambridge Palestine Solidarity Society, Cambridge PalTrek is a chance to gain an inaccessible perspective on Palestinian realities. All politics, policy, international relations, or related study graduate students are invited to apply for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear and see the Palestinian perspective on a trip around the region, modelled after Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Palestine Trek. Come learn more about the trip, ask questions and find out how to apply.

Questions? Email CambridgePalTrek@gmail.com

Be in the College Photoshoot! 1 Dec 9:30am-12:30pm

Clare Stroud (Head of Communications) is arranging a photo shoot to take place around College next Friday morning – between *09:30-12:30*. The photos will be used in college publications and on the college website. If any student would like to take part, *sign up on the sheet here* and indicate your availability:

If you sign up and later realise that you are unable to attend, which is of course fine, you really need them to let Clare know – as the college is booking a professional photographer, so if no one turns up they will need to pay him anyway for the original time we booked and for his time on a replacement shoot. Please bring your friends, including men– men are very welcome!

Events- Social

World AIDS Day event -1st Dec 8-11pm

Get on your dancing shoes and head to the Murray Edwards College MCR for a night of good music, good drinks, and a good cause!

For World AIDS Day this year, we are hosting a benefit concert by The Galapagogos – Darwin College Band! There will be a £3 cover charge, which includes entrance to the event, a token for one free drink, and a red ribbon to show your support for the cause. After the first drink, all others will cost £1.

All proceeds from the cover charge will go towards the Terrence Higgins Trust, an organisation based in Cambridge that promotes sexual health and works toward ending the stigma against HIV. Please visit their website if you want more information about the work they do: http://www.tht.org.uk/

Additionally, we need a few volunteers to run the bar, if you’re interested please sign up on this sheet.

Facebook Event

MCR DECORATING – 3rd Dec 3pm

Come along for free food and to have fun decorating the MCR for the holidays!

Careers and Volunteering

The Wren Choir  “Cambridge’s Graduate Choir”

They meet for rehearsals and performances almost exclusively during the University Vacations, thus is suitable for those who have a link with the University but are now postgraduates or employed full-time in Cambridge or the surrounding area.  It is particularly suitable for those post-grads who either have a term-time choir, or heavy teaching commitments during Term which mean they miss out on choir membership entirely.  Membership is open to anyone who has a past or present link with the University who is an experienced singer, for example, has been a member of a chapel choir for a couple of years.

The commitment is low as members sign up to do a particular performance and the associated rehearsals if they are available.  We generally have one or  two ad hoc gigs during the Christmas Vac, one during the Easter Vac, and one each end of the Long Vac.  People are not blacklisted if they have a couple of busy vacations and can’t join in for a while. Rehearsals and most performances take place in Pembroke’s “Wren” Chapel, and are always in the evening, normally at 6pm after the working day.  The Wrens are social choir, and rehearsals are generally followed by the chance to go to a pub with other choir members.

Our current plan for the Christmas Vac is an Epiphany service at All Saints in Milton, 1.30pm for 3.30pm on Sunday 7th January 2018.

If you are interested in joining the mailing list, please email Heather
Coleman on hmc@mole.bio.cam.ac.uk with your voice type and a brief summary of your prior singing experience.

Free & Funded Summer in China with TEFL Certification:

Gotoco has now opened applications for its 2018 summer TEFL programmes which take place in diverse locations across China. Teach Chinese students English and gain a TEFL certificate, while learning all about Chinese culture and exploring one of the most diverse countries in the world. Apply today and have an unforgettable summer!

Where?
This year Gotoco is offering 500 places on summer teaching programmes across all over China. Join us to assist with teaching projects in one of our ‘real China’ programmes in a typical Chinese city (such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing or elsewhere) to learn about what is really happening in this exciting country. At the end of the programme we offer a free one week holiday to Yangshuo – our base in the mountains to the east of Vietnam, which is Lonely Planet’s top-rated destination in the whole country! (see photo below, or at this link www.go-to.co)

When?
Exact dates vary for each programme, we aim to be as flexible as possible to cater to the needs of our volunteers. We can offer various programme durations, anything from 2 weeks to 3 months. Start dates are flexible, but typically programmes begin at the end of June, mid-July or the beginning of August.

Why?
Join us to learn about China and the world while gaining a valuable TEFL certificate, along the way make lifelong friends from among the other volunteers on your teams and the students you help. Pick up valuable CV boosting work experience while earning references for any future jobs you may wish to apply for. Most importantly, have an exciting gap year style adventure and the trip of a lifetime!

To read about some of the many benefits of taking part, why not check out past volunteer’s testimonials here: http://www.go-to.co/testimonials/
 
Cost?
Taking part in this programme is completely free of charge, we also cover the costs of TEFL certification, Chinese lessons, trips, accommodation and meals, with no additional fees!

Just buy your flights and get a visa and come join us in China. We also are able to cover the flight costs of those that join us as campus reps.

Next steps?
Check out our website – www.go-to.co – to find out more, or apply straight away at this link: www.go-to.co/apply-now/

If you would like to run an event please fill out the form to send your ideas and any requests to the committee

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