Why travel to serve?
Place as Context, Service-Learning as Strategy, Civic Engagement as the Goal
Our Global Service programs provide opportunities for Slippery Rock University students to explore civic engagement through domestic and international service and travel experiences. The OCEL develops these programs for students to learn about partner communities through the lens of direct service.
The knowledge gained through service and pre-departure education will serve as context as students confront the social issues of the partner communities, unpack personal responsibility regarding these issues, and design a plan to continuously address these issues to create positive social change.
Global Service Leadership
The OCEL's Global Service Leadership programs help to mold students into engaged global citizens by allowing them to take on greater responsibility throughout the travel and service experiences.
In January 2020, the Global Service Leadership program will be traveling to Cochabamba, Bolivia, where they will complete service based on one of two available learning tracks: environment and public health. While in Bolivia, the student leaders will learn about how these issues differ across cultures and how these issues may be combatted from place to place.
The OCEL previously facilitated a trip to Bolivia in 2018. To read about this trip, click here.
For more information about Bolivia 2020, please visit the Office for Community-Engaged Learning on CORE or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic Global Service-Learning
Each year over Spring Break, the OCEL offers a service-learning experience in South Bend, Indiana, focusing on issues such as immigration and refugee resettlement. Throughout the week, students meet with community members and complete service centered on these issues, discussing and reflecting upon them at the end of each service day.
In 2019, the OCEL was featured in the South Bend's local news! For more information on the Domestic Global Service-Learning program, or to apply for the 2020 program, please contact email@example.com.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization which aids families in building homes, following the belief that affordable housing plays a critical role in developing strong and stable communities. Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge provides an alternate break opportunity for college students interested in making a difference in their communities. The Collegiate Challenge serves to educate students on what it means to have substantial living conditions, and how affordable housing can build strength, stability, and self-reliance for homeowners.
The OCEL is launching a Habitat for Humanity program in the 2019-2020 academic year! Student volunteers will travel and complete service during Spring Break (March 8-15, 2020). For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.