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 engage in other cultures through service.
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"Shoulder to Shoulder" is a collection of cultural immersion and service-learning programs 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 credit-bearing travel courses consists of approximately 10 to 12 students and two faculty leaders who engage in academic coursework in addition to spending time on the ground in their chosen destination for 7-14 days. Each project shares the ultimate goal of connecting the local with the global and vice versa.
Shoulder to Shoulder: Ecuador
During spring break in March, 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 Spring 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 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 studying and engaging in 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: Vietnam
This fall semester course is linked to two weeks of service-learning in Vietnam during the winter break. The course introduces students to the Vietnamese society today. It covers basic elements of Vietnamese politics, economic development, culture, history, language, literature, and arts. The experience in Vietnam includes working for non-profit organizations that deal with social problems. This course fulfills the Multicultural Area of Inquiry. Learn more by reading the blog!
Shoulder to Shoulder: Tanzania
After a significant amount of preparation throughout the spring semester, students on this program will work in a local school in small teams with grades one through seven to provide an intense English learning supplement to their curriculum. Mathematics offerings to the seventh graders are also likely. In addition, the cohort of Lasell students will offer a self-esteem workshop to girls at the school, tour a local center for teaching life skills, and visit local points of interest.
Shoulder to Shoulder: Antigua
This fall semester course is paired with an international service-learning trip in the Caribbean island nation of Antigua & Barbuda during the winter break. The course provides an opportunity for students to explore the intersection of culture, disability, and teaching in international settings. The service-learning trip includes a school-based experience of 40 hours spent observing, supporting, and teaching students with and without disabilities in the public schools in Antigua & Barbuda. Course activities will focus on reflective intellectual work about intercultural competence in the classroom through written reflections, readings, class discussion, and curriculum development. Learn more by reading the blog!
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