By participating in a study abroad program you are opening yourself up to a world of opportunities and unique experiences. You will have the chance to do things most people only dream of- walk along the Great Wall of China, snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, surf the prestine beaches of Fiji, or stroll through world-class museums of Europe! Becoming localized is an important part of studying abroad and there is no better way to understand the community you are living in than by participating in a service learning program. Giving back to the community is extremely important and we have four stellar programs that offer service learning opportunities.
This program offers a Community Volunteering for Change class that is suited for students who are passionate about getting involved with the local community while in Australia. With the help of your professors you will find a volunteer placement at a not-for-profit organization. Precious projected have included working on social and political research and policy reports, environmental projects, organizing fundraising events, web development, media and publicity campaigns, and business plan development. For more information on this class visit our program profile.
As part of the summer school program, the university has a Community Engagement Learning Project where you will be asked to identify the type of service organization you would like to work while assessing the your skills, knowledge, and experience to match you up with the ideal placement. In the past students have done a wide variety of projects working with people in the community. For details see the 'Service Learning' tab on the program profile.
This is an exciting class that focuses on integrating academic content and community engagement with your previous experience to match you with organizations that are helping rebuild Christchurch after the earthquakes. You will gain a greater understanding of how many fields contribute to the rebuilding of a community, how they respond to, and the mitigation of earthquake hazards in the Christchurch area. For more information on this unique program visit our program profile.
The University of Manchester has a unique Leadership in Action program that combines both academics and volunteering. The goal of the program is to bring you into contact with the wider community in order to make a positive impact. They aim to keep the program local by requiring the volunteer hours to take place in the North East of England. For more information on this program visit our program profile.
The University of Adelaide's faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers an excellent Community Engagement and Learning Project program. The course focuses on matching your skills with community and business needs in order to develop cultural awareness and a sense of social justice. You will become active participants in the organizations you are matched with and will develop skills that will empower you to contribute to society as a global citizen. For more information on this program check out our program profile page.
As a student on this program you can participate in a 'Community Internship' which provides you the opportunity to complete an internship in your area of study. The internships are supplemented by a structured academic program and will provide you with insight into your place in the world as well as allow you to explore indigenous, global, and local issues. For more information on this program visit our program profile.
"I encourage everyone to partake in a volunteer/conservation project while they are studying abroad. It gave me the priceless opportunity of seeing a side of Australia that I would not have otherwise seen. Many of our students already get involved in the local community." Todd Bui from Chapman University- read his entire story here!
Home School: Fitchburg State University
Host University: University of Adelaide's Summer School
Article: Short-But-Sweet Service Learning Summer Course in Australia Inspires U.S. Student
Senior Lecturer at University of Canterbury - Rebuilding Christchurch
Article: Serving to Learn: Students Studying Abroad in New Zealand Bring Home Dedication to Volunteering After Innovative “Rebuilding Christchurch” Course at University of Canterbury
Home School: University of Tennessee
Host University: University of Canterbury
Article: Personal Discovery: Service Project in Earthquake Recovery Area of New Zealand Inspires Student to Volunteer More Back Home
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