Service Learning Abroad
In an era of globalization and greater worldwide interdependence, the examining of global issues and their impact on our lives, on students’ lives, and on society has become one of the most important missions for research universities. At the University of South Carolina and the Darla Moore School of Business, a variety of activities and projects are underway to tackle this mission while providing opportunities in experiential and international service-learning for students at the undergraduate level.
What is service-learning? It is a form of experiential education that by design connects the classroom to organized “real world” activities. Integrating service-learning into the curriculum encourages students to apply skills and knowledge learned in an academic setting to meet community needs. The Moore School and the University of South Carolina offer students opportunities to engage in challenging and meaningful service-learning activities. Recent service-learning activities include a Global Business Immersion Camp to Cluj, Romania. Students are combining service-learning and research in the summer of 2009 in a trip to Mexico City and Xalapa, Mexico. International service-learning opportunities to South Africa, Peru, and Malaysia are under development. Closer to home, a group of Moore School undergraduates worked on homes in New Orleans over Spring Break. Plans are also underway to launch “hands-on” weekends in rural areas of South Carolina to encourage small business development.
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR CORPS
Do you have an interest in volunteering abroad? Do you wish to make an impact on society? Do you have an interest in learning the Spanish language but do not have the time to pursue a minor? If you answered “Yes” to these questions then the Social Entrepreneur Corps may be for you. Please visit the Social Entrepreneur Corps Web site for additional information on this wonderful experience of helping others, meeting new people, and creating entrepreneurship skills. The application is available online at: www.socialentrepreneurcorps.com
As a student in the Moore School, it may also be possible to earn 3 hours of independent study credit related to your work in the Social Entrepreneur Corps. Your advisor will be happy to discuss the independent study option with you.
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SERVICE-LEARNING?
To learn more about service-learning at the University of South Carolina, the tools available to support the practice, and contact information, please visit www.sc.edu/servicelearning.
Please click on the link below to see video of a Moore School student discussing her recent service learning experience in Africa:
Moore Student Discusses International Service Learning