Service Learning Abroad For Students
University of Delaware Programs
In general, students interested in service-learning opportunities away from the UD campus, either in the US or abroad, will pursue them through academic programs sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies (IGS). Students on IGS-sponsored service-learning abroad programs are eligible for Study Abroad scholarships and financial aid.
During Winter Session 2012, programs in Costa Rica, India, Italy, Panama, and South Africa contained service projects. Additional information on University of Delaware Study Abroad programs can be found on the IGS website.
Occasionally, a student may wish to receive UD academic credit for service-learning while traveling alone (not as a member of a UD group). In these cases, the University of Delaware has partnered with the volunteer organization Cross Cultural Solutions, one of the largest short-term international volunteer organizations in the world, and a recognized leader in the field. Their mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding.
In addition to deciding on a program with Cross Cultural Solutions students work closely with a UD faculty member--it is expected that students will take at least one course on campus in preparation for travel, keep a reflective journal while at the service site, and integrate their reading with their actual experience through a paper on return. The Office of Service Learning will review proposed projects.