Volunteer opportunity: English teacher in Lao P.DR.

care logoCARE International is a global federation of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with the common goal to fight poverty. CARE works in over 90 countries worldwide, both in emergency response and development cooperation. In partnership with local organizations, CARE works for social justice through strengthening the capacity for self-help, promoting economic opportunities and influencing policies that affect the most marginalized.

CARE has worked in Lao PDR since 1993 and is focusing on improving the livelihoods of ethnic women in remote areas as well as of socially marginalized women in urban areas. This volunteer opportunity is intended to support the Remote Ethnic Women (REW) programme implemented in Phongsaly, the most Northern Province of Lao PDR.

What is this volunteer opportunity about? A volunteer English teacher is sought to build English language skills of the local CARE team in Phongsaly province. As CARE works with remote communities who speak a variety of ethnic languages, most of our staff is local. Their background is in agriculture, health or community development and they speak two to three local and regional languages but no or limited English. English language skills are of great importance for young Lao people, especially when working in an international organization. We are looking for a volunteer to hold classes from beginner to intermediate level at flexible times.

Why would you want to apply for this? Phongsaly is a unique place, at the crossroads of Lao, Vietnam and China, located far from the usual tourist routes. Working with the team here will provide you a unique opportunity to learn about Lao culture, living with people between 20 and 35 years old from different ethnic backgrounds. You will also be able to accompany the team on their fieldwork to remote villages or take time off for travelling by yourself. You will be able to practice your teaching skills.

When and how long? July to September is the rainy season in Lao. This is when the team is less busy with fieldwork (and most available for English classes), as the roads become slippery and difficult to travel on. We would like someone to stay for 6-8 weeks during that time; however, the exact timing can be discussed on an individual basis.

Will you be paid? Unfortunately, we cannot offer salary or reimbursement for international travel. However, we cover travel within Lao PDR and once in Phongsaly you can live in the CARE staff house, which will minimize your living costs.

Who can apply? We would prefer students who are in their second or third year and already have some experience in teaching. People who visited developing countries before will find it easier to adapt to Northern Lao.

How do I apply? Simply by sending your CV and letter of interest, explaining your experience in teaching and ideas for teaching CARE staff, to the Northern Provinces Coordinator Ms. Katharina Auer (katharina.auer@careint.org) until June 5th. The decision will be taken until mid June in time to start the visa process (facilitated by CARE). For any questions on the programme, conditions of location, please contact the same email address.

Internship Opportunities at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin


The ICD Voluntary Internship Project (2008-17) is a 10 year program with the main purpose to enable students who need an internship as a compulsory part of their BA or graduate studies to engage in cultural diplomacy and in doing so, to further promote cultural diplomacy and multiculturalism worldwide.

Internship details:

  • Eligibility – The internship is open to currently enrolled students who need this internship as a compulsory component of their academic studies or participants of the ERASMUS program.
  • Duration – The ICD voluntary internships are full time, unpaid, last 3 months.
  • Language – Applicants must have good spoken and written English, (German and Spanish language skills are considered an advantage and other language skills are an asset).
  • Personal Skills – Due to the nature of our work, we place a high value on flexibility, positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and the ability to work well with others.
  • Flexibility – Applicants must be prepared for a flexible working environment as teams and tasks might alter often according to the program agenda.
  • Independence – Due to the large amount of activity and programs that ICD runs throughout the year Interns work in teams under the direction of a Team Leader/Program Director with minimal supervision.
  • Laptop – In addition, all interns must have access to a personal laptop, which they need to bring to the office on a daily basis.

Apply and read more about it here

Trans-Atlantic American Studies Seminar: Transatlantic Popular Culture

Trans-Atlantic American Studies Seminar: Transatlantic Popular Culture
Universität Wien / University of Texas at Austin
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Ganser / Prof. Dr. Steven Hoelscher

June 8, 2017

Amerika Haus
Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 2
1010 Wien

This is a joint seminar with students from the University of Texas at Austin. Students from Vienna with an interest in American Studies/Cultural Studies are welcome to join!
Please register by May 31 with claudia.sackl@univie.ac.at

Student’s Conference for Linguistics

After more than 10 years, the StuTS, Student’s Conference for Linguistics (Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft) is returning to Switzerland. From the 25th to the 28th May 2017, students and PhD students of linguistics from Germany and the rest of Europe are meeting at the University of Zurich. The 61st StuTS conference includes keynote speeches from respected professors as well as a very promising panel discussion. The most important part of the conference are however the students’ presentations. Come, listen, and present your own research! Meet, connect, and exchange ideas with linguists from all over Germany and Europe!

StuTS conferences have been taking place since 1987, each time at a different host university, and is organised independently by students. Find out more about StuTS at www.stuts.de

Included in the StuTS conference is the German Federal Student Representatives’ Conference (Bundesfachschaftentagung, BuFaTa) for all linguistic fields. Visitors of the StuTS conference are invited to participate in the BuFaTa.

Deadline: 14.05.2017

For registration click here.


Young Scholars Conference

You are cordially invited to the Young Scholars Conference organized by the young scholars’ forum of the Austrian Association for American Studies. The conference, entitled “The Future(s) of American Studies,” for which you may have seen posters around the department, will take place May 18-19, 2017 at the U.S. Embassy’s Amerika Haus (Friedrich Schmidt Platz 2, 1010 Vienna) and will feature 21 talks by young scholars in American Studies and beyond, among them some of our colleagues from the department.

All infos including the conference program can be found on the conference website: http://aya2017.univie.ac.at/

Please register if you’d like to attend at: austriasyoungamericanists@gmail.com.

Romeo and Juliet Play



Welcome to the first play held at our department, sponsored by the STV! We’re happy to inform you that on May 20th and 21st, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” will be performed in our courtyard (Hof 8) by students of the English department. Bring all you friends (it’s free, though small donations are welcomed) and relive the classic tragedy while you picnic and enjoy your weekend.


your student representatives





Yay for Breakfast in May!

Yay for May! Still more than a month to go until finals week and ensuing exam craziness! Still time to write all thos essays that just won’t write themselves! Still time for a coffee break!

So come on over on May 15 from 9 to noon to grab some beverage and snack and get your strength back before heading back to class or the library.

WHERE: Student Lounge (1st floor) at the English department

WHEN:  May 15, 9 am to noon

ÖH Elections – The What, the Who, the Where, the Why

We’d like to introduce our candidates for this year’s election for the next team of your student representatives!

ÖH-Election 2017
We would like to inform you about an important date in 2017: From Mai 16th
to Mai 18th students can elect their representation. You can vote for
representatives on several levels: The representatives for your field of
study, for your university and your federal representation.
Details about the voting process will be announced early enough on Facebook
(http://bit.ly/2mrLKiD) and on our homepage

“Es keat oanfach viel mehr gwÖHlt” – every vote counts! – Your student
union offers service and advice and fights for your rights and demands. The
more students participate in the election the stronger our voices will be! (from the official ÖH newsletter)

Why you should vote:

Because the services the representatives offer on all levels are only possible within an autonomous environment.

How it works:

Be there at the right time at the right place (which you can find below) and cast your vote! This is

  • an election of individuals; no fractions, no subgroups, no parties
  • you can elect as many people as there are mandates (e.g. five mandates = choose five people)
  • every vote counts the same, there is no first or second choice

What we do:

• Offering advice – in person, per mail or per e-mail on all aspects of your studies at the English department
• Organizing events such as breakfasts or conferences and Participating in regular curricular and appointment committees
• Coordinating offers such as the department choir ‘EnChoir’ or student societies such as the Irish Reading Association
• Representing your interests during departmental meetings
• Keeping the staff updated on problems which may arise during the course of the semester
• Running study groups such as the ISL2 study group or the PPOCS practice sessions
• …and much more!!

Our sole aim is to make your time at the English Department a pleasant one, and we commit ourselves to do everything we can to help you with all your concerns. We are not affiliated with any party on or off campus, all we want to do is provide services for our students.
You can vote for some of our team members at the election, and it is important to do so because only then is it possible to officially constitute as a STV. The following five members will participate in the election, all of them have worked as student representatives in the past and have proven to be valuable colleagues in our team.

DanieI P., studying UF Englisch/Psychologie+Philosophie

I believe that a university is a place where we should be able to learn, share, and connect with each other on a professional level. Therefore, I am especially committed to support students who wish to break out of menial university life and want to accomplish more than just obtaining a degree by going to classes every day. This is why I like to promote easy access to international conferences, fairs, and other academic events or projects that enable students to work on their professional development and gain hands-on experience.

Cristina, studying BA English and American studies & UF Englisch/Geschichte

Hey there! My name is Cristina and I am currently studying BA English and American Studies as well as Diplom English and History in the teachers program. To me the English department has always been a place to fully engage in the world of linguistics, literature and culture. What’s more, it is a place to meet new people, read a book, or simply go to the library and relax on their couch. My goal is to help creating a place with an open and friendly atmosphere, where people like to spend time (even though technically they have to anyway. ha ha.) If you have any questions about your studies or our department, feel free to stop by or send us an e-mail!

Clemens, studying MA (English Language and Linguistics)

Hi there! My name is Clemens and I’m currently doing my Master’s in English Language and Linguistics here at the University of Vienna. To me, university is about so much more than just attending lectures and classes; it’s about the appreciation of knowledge as well as personal development. Yet when it comes to entering this new world it is normal to encounter various obstacles. So did I, and therefore, when I started my studies I really appreciated the help I got from the student representatives. Accordingly, I would now like to return this favor and give others advice, so feel free to contact me anytime.

Tamara, studying BA English and American Studies

Hi, there 🙂 My name is Tamara and I’m studying English and American Studies at the University of Vienna. I come from Serbia, so I can also offer you information in Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian. Since I’m half way through my BA degree, I would like to offer my support and advice to all of you who are considering studying at our department or have already started. If you don’t feel informed enough and need explaining or organizing your schedule, feel free to ask! 🙂

Franziska, studying BA English and American Studies and UF English

My name Franziska and I’m in the 8th semester of my studies. I’m currently doing the BA English and American Studies (almost finished), UF (alt) English and Chemistry and Communication Studies. I’m a firm believer in democracy and very Ireland-affine. Besides studying, I enjoy playing in a band and making music in general. I think one of the best services at the University of Vienna is the ‘Psychologische Studierendenberatung’ which I would hope more people knew about. To me, the STV is a student-centered organization, securing effective communication with the department staff.

WHEN: May 16-18


TUES, 16.5. 2017: 10:00– 18:00 Uhr
WED, 17.5. 2017: 10:00 –20:00 Uhr
THU, 18.5. 2017: 9:00 –15:00 Uhr


lnst. für Anglistik und Amerikanistik,

Studentenaufenthaltsraum (Student Lounge) 1.Stock,
Universitätscampus AAKH, Hof 8,
Spitalgasse 2 / Alserstr 4, 1090 Wien

Last minute reminder: Reading with Ardashir Vakil!

On the evening of Friday 5 May, at 9pm,  Ardashir Vakil will read ‘Impromptu’, a piece he wrote in 2014 and which was published in the spring of that year in Raritan, a prestigious American literary journal. The piece has a very Viennese theme, and the reading will take place at the Arts Centre below the Cafe Korb in the Innenstadt. The author will read for 35 minutes, after which participants will be invited to question Vakil, before enjoying a drink and networking event with the other writers, publishers, journalists and artists present. The reading and social opportunity will be free of charge.