Applying service and service-learning to an international context holds many of the same advantages of applying it locally, but it impacts students at a deeper level simply because the cultural differences between those serving and those being served can be more extreme than in a local community.
Surrounded by another culture and focusing on the needs of the local people can expose students to a greater depth of social, cultural and economic issues in their host country.
— From Promising Practices of International Service and Service-learning, North Carolina Campus Compact. 2005.
Opportunities in International Service
- Faculty: Design your own Trip: Steps and process to create your own international SL trip.
**Design with Fair Trade Learning concepts in mind.***
- Students: Join Established Trips: Links to organizations that already have established international SL trips
Serve in Bangalore, India! The Bangalore program offers a unique opportunity to experience Indian culture and society through the Center for Social Action (CSA).
- International Studies Abroad: The service learning and internship division of International Studies Abroad (ISA), was founded in 2002 as a way to encourage college students to go abroad, contribute to community development, and experience direct interaction with local communities. ELAP offers structured internship and service learning opportunities year-round, in a variety of fields, yielding valuable personal and professional experience. Programs are offered in the following countries: Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, Morocco, Peru, South Korea, and Spain.
- Partner with Refugee Organizations: Ideas and steps to create SL projects which focus on working with refugee organizations
- Theoretical Foundations for International Service-Learning by Robbin D. Crabtree