Category Archives: Community Effects

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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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 (www.waterforwaslala.org). In 2002, as a 21 year old recent college graduate, I traveled to rural Nicaragua with … Continue reading

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The Hole in Our Helping, part 2: Service versus Charity, Institutional Self-Interest, & Individualist Ethos

The second of a three-part contribution to the faith, values, and service-learning series by Richard Slimbach: 2.  Charity orientation Once we’ve resolved the questions of who our neighbors are, and what our moral obligations are to them, the question we’re left with is … Continue reading

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Voluntourism Debate, Cambodian Orphanages, & The Need for Better Standards and Data

Al Jazeera’s The Stream recently profiled a People and Power documentary on the so-called voluntourism industry with a new expose-style piece on Cambodian orphanages. The thirty-minute clip (below) raises several important questions and begs for tighter focus and analysis. Watching the … Continue reading

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