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Rutgers Service-Learning Abroad

Service-learning programs are a unique and exciting new spin on global education.  Unlike traditional “study abroad,” these intense, credit-bearing experiences engage students with members of their host country through community-based service activities.  The combination of coursework, intercultural engagement, and service creates a powerful, holistic learning experience that is both experiential and immersive.  Consider the following experiences:
  • Use your Spanish to prepare and deliver lessons on co-curricular issues such as nutrition, bullying, and violence in an underserved school district, while taking coursework in South American cultures and societies and living with a local family (Language Learning and Community Engagement in Argentina).
  • Complete a four-week internship with a local non-profit organization focusing on women's health or migration while studying a broad spectrum of transnational social justice movements in the Caribbean (Research in Action in Santo Domingo, DR).
  • Help train women in farm management and business practices, while staying with them on small family farms and participating in daily life alongside members of the community (Agri[culture] and Community in Turkey).

These are just some of the many ways that Rutgers students are both broadening and deepening their education through international travel and meaningful community-based engagement, while leaving positive impacts on individuals throughout the world.  If you want to push your boundaries and truly make the world your classroom, contact the Center for Global Education to find out how to begin your journey!