Shoulder to Shoulder International Service Learning Programs


Shoulder to Shoulder International Service-Learning Programs

Explore. Serve. Learn.

Lasell's Shoulder to Shoulder Programs are perfect for students 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

After participating in a spring semester course, Lasell College students, staff, and faculty travel for 10 days to Ecuador in May 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. 

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.

Shoulder to Shoulder: Tanzania

The basic service mission of this trip is to offer two weeks of English as a second language to grades one through seven in a rural Tanzanian school. What Lasell students offer, in terms of service, is essentially three things: we provide mentoring in basic English (and some math) skills to all students in a rural Tanzanian elementary school. As part of the course, students develop a working ESL-type curriculum to use in the school. Since we also model small group and active learning, we will develop lesson plans and strategies for our mentoring. 

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.