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Dedicated to transformative education to build a better world. Conscientious community development, human rights, higher ed, global citizenship, understanding across cultures, daily efforts to live justly, and... so much more. A resource site and blog for anyone interested in experiential education, community-building, and creating a more just and sustainable future.

For Good Or For Ill? Community Impact in Global Service-Learning

While there is a growing body of research relating to community outcomes of global service-learning projects, one of the challenges the field faces is becoming increasingly specific and nuanced about both understanding and – to the extent possible – working … Continue reading

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Can critical global engagement be to colonialism in international development what service-learning is to charity in community development? Thoughts from IARSLCE 2012

By Nadia De Leon What does quality engagement across cultural differences, locally and abroad, look like for faculty and students in American universities? After participating in many inspiring discussions at this year’s IARSCLE, two words I have often utilized before … Continue reading

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Conferences Past, Community-Building Forward: Critical, Concerned, Applied, and Open

October is an exciting month for the Building a Better World Forum, as we are building on insights and relationships from the 2012 International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) and Intercultural Horizons conferences. Additionally, we are … Continue reading

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Are International Service-Learning Projects Sustainable? Where is the focus on the community?

By Nora Reynolds I come to this work as a practitioner- as a founding member and vice president of an international non-profit organization ( In 2002, as a 21 year old recent college graduate, I traveled to rural Nicaragua with … Continue reading

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Educating for Global Citizenship: What do we know? What can we show? Where are we going?

By Eric Hartman A student entered my office and shared that she broke down in tears at the shopping mall. The tears flowed because she connected with children in Bolivia, she briefly made a difference in their lives, and every … Continue reading

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