Shoulder to Shoulder International Service Learning Programs

Shoulder to Shoulder International Service-Learning Programs

Explore. Serve. Learn.

Lasell's Shoulder to Shoulder Programs could be right for you if you are looking to explore the world, serve local communities, and through service.

Shoulder to Shoulder is a cultural immersion and service-learning program in which Lasell students learn about various social justice issues within a global context.  Students live in the style of their host community while learning and working shoulder to shoulder with local partners. Each of the five trips consists of approximately ten students and two faculty leaders who engage in academic coursework in addition to traveling to their chosen destination for 7-14 days. Each project shares the ultimate goal of connecting the local with the global and vice versa.

Ecotourism in Brazil

Ecotourism in Brazil is a one week on-the-ground, service-based experience. During their stay, students are taking educational trips to learn about the region's ecosystem and visiting local communities and non-government organizations that help sustain the economy of the Amazonian locals. Read about their experiences in the Amazon at their blog:

Shoulder to Shoulder: Ecuador

Each January Lasell College students, staff, and faculty travel for 7 days to Ecuador to participate in environmental service-learning. Students learn about Ecuador's biodiversity & sustainable agriculture while working to protect Ecuador's gorgeous environment and serving youth in the local community. Participants should expect group accommodations in hostels, homestays and cabins (with and without electricity), and full days of intensive manual labor and reflective intellectual work. Preparation for the program happens during the Fall semester as a part of SVL203: Environmental Service in Ecuador.  This course is required for all participants and covers the climate, ecology, history, and culture of Ecuador, in addition to addressing pre-trip travel administrative details and some language study. Participants are selected each spring through the shoulder to shoulder application process.

Shoulder to Shoulder: Mexico

Mexico Shoulder to Shoulder incorporates a three credit course and two weeks on the ground study and service in Mexico during the month of January. The classroom experience immerses students in the study of the history, diverse peoples, and cultures of Mexico, and combines research, presentations, and papers with service on campus. The field experience in Mexico includes individual homestays with Mexican families, intensive manual labor, and reflective intellectual work. The goal of community service in the cities of Coatepec and Orizaba is not to change Mexico, but to learn from Mexicans about Mexico and about the impact of the United States on our neighbors. Participants are selected each spring through the shoulder to shoulder application process and are required to enroll in  HUM207XA:  Mexico and the US:  Human Rights and Action on Global Poverty during the fall semester prior to travel.

Shoulder to Shoulder: Uganda

For Shoulder to Shoulder: Uganda, professors travel with students for a two week service learning trip focusing on education. Students work in small groups with seventh graders in a rural school preparing the Ugandan students for high school entrance examinations in English,  Mathematics, and Science. The Lasell professors and students also offer workshops on self-esteem for girls, leadership for teachers and community leaders, and basic accounting for the Bumwalukani Women's Microfinance Cooperative. During their travels, they are blogging about their experiences!

News Highlight

State Board of Higher Education Approves New Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice  Wednesday, December 17, 2014The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has approved a new Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Lasell that will offer students multiple concentrations in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Violence Prevention and Advocacy as well as a flexible Criminal Justice option. The online program launches in Fall 2015.

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