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Service Learning

Rutgers Service-Learning Abroad

Service-Learning Abroad is a unique and exciting form of global education at Rutgers. These programs integrate structured participation in community-based projects with academic coursework to achieve a richer, more holistic learning experience.  More than simple volunteering, service-learning allows students to engage with local community members in meaningful, community-driven service that is connected to the topics of the course by regular reflection sessions led by experienced Rutgers faculty.  Strong community partnerships and intensive pre-departure preparation create conditions for intense cross-cultural learning while also seeking to engender respect and reciprocity between students and the communities that host them.  

Within this general model, service-learning abroad programs can take many forms.  Consider the following examples:
  • Taking a course on contemporary Argentinian language and cultural identity that requires students to use their Spanish language capabilities to design and deliver daily lesson plans around social issues like bullying in an under-resourced public school system in Rosario, Argentina.
  • Studying a broad spectrum of contemporary social justice issues in the Caribbean, while completing a four-week internship with a local non-profit organization focusing on protecting the health and legal rights of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic.
  • Learning about gender, family life, and agriculture through the lens of daily life on small-scale family-owned farms in Western Turkey, while participating in a business and management training program for women farmers in the village.
These are just some of the many ways Rutgers students are engaging with the world through academic, community-driven global learning experiences.  If you’re ready to engage your world, click here for a full list of programs, or contact the Center for Global Education to find out how to begin your journey!