How to participate:
The "Ambassador Program" provides each incoming researcher with a Salk "ambassador", preferably from their nation of origin, to facilitate their transition to the Salk and San Diego life. While the program is for everyone, it is particularly valuable from those coming from other countries and cultures who, as many of you know from your own experiences, have little idea of what to expect from the move.
The ambassador will act as a contact to answer any questions they might have, and assist with providing information about the San Diego area (housing, transportation, etc.). Ambassadors need do little more than just write the incoming researcher a few e-mails but hopefully this program will lead to the establishment of long term friendships and networking opportunities for those involved.
If you volunteer, you will be contacted when we can use you as someone's ambassador, and ask you if you are available. Please note that even if you volunteer for the Ambassadors Program, you can still turn down the request if you are too busy at the time.
If you are interested in volunteering to make an incoming scientist feel more welcome, please send me the following information:
1. Your name.
2. Country or region of origin (Please note that the U.S. is a country too, and we need American volunteers also!).
3. Which nationality(s) you would feel most comfortable being ambassadors for.
4. Your e-mail address and lab extension.
We like to match people with the best ambassador for them based on commonalties, so please feel free to provide us with any further information which could be useful in finding them the right ambassador, such as family situation or special interests.
For example: My name is X , and I would be happy to be an ambassador to scientists from the United Kingdom (because I am British) or from the East coast of the U.S., which is from where I moved to San Diego. My e-mail address is X@salk.edu and I can be reached at extension xxxx.
Please contact email@example.com to participate or if you have any questions.