As the demand for meaningful, service-oriented study abroad experiences rises, so does the potential for ethical missteps. Education Abroad offices need to be mindful of this as they incorporate new volunteer opportunities into their education abroad portfolios.
Service learning programs can range from one-week trips to a full semester or longer. Many are integrated into an existing study abroad program while others function as stand-alone experiences. No matter how these offerings are structured, education abroad administrators need to ensure that they recommend and develop programs that are sustainable, respectful to the host community, and provide a needed service.
This NAFSA e-Learning Seminar will provide tips and insights into selecting partners and working with host communities to ensure both your students and the local community will benefit. We will discuss proven methods for training your students and accompanying faculty to respect the local culture and be sensitive to its needs.