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Nuria Alonso García, Periklis Fokaidis
& Nicholas V. Longo
“In human communities, the conditions of freedom and connectedness are kept vibrant by focusing on what's
going on in the ...
“By interacting with people in the community
everyday, I was able to see them as well as myself with
new eyes. I found tha...
“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values,
we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialit...
“Democracy must begin at home, and its home is the
neighborly community.” -John Dewey, 1927
“Our systems of education have...
“I’ve learned that, yes, I could lead a group of people, one
me and the rest followers. I could do that. But how much
bett...
Service-Learning and Collaborative Engagement Across Borders: Making Short-Term Abroad Impact Last Locally
Service-Learning and Collaborative Engagement Across Borders: Making Short-Term Abroad Impact Last Locally
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Service-Learning and Collaborative Engagement Across Borders: Making Short-Term Abroad Impact Last Locally

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This session will discuss the value of short-term international service trips when nurtured by local community engagement. We'll explore topics such as developing community partnerships, fostering dialogue among communities, students as partners, and short-term international service-learning expectations. Co-facilitators will share stories of collaborative engagement across borders and lead a conversation about challenges encountered in sustaining partnerships, ensuring the long-lasting impact of international service-learning, and engaging students in every step of the process. The audience will reflect on how international-local connections can be established within their area of interest and how service-learning could contribute to creating a more vibrant global pedagogical framework.

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Service-Learning and Collaborative Engagement Across Borders: Making Short-Term Abroad Impact Last Locally

  1. 1. Nuria Alonso García, Periklis Fokaidis & Nicholas V. Longo
  2. 2. “In human communities, the conditions of freedom and connectedness are kept vibrant by focusing on what's going on in the heart of the community rather than in being fixated on the forms and structures of the community. What called us together? What did we believe was possible together that was not possible alone? What did we hope to bring forth by linking with others?” -Margaret Wheatley, 1998 DEVELOPING COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
  3. 3. “By interacting with people in the community everyday, I was able to see them as well as myself with new eyes. I found that my desire to know their story and their struggles equaled their desire to know my story and struggles. This gave me confidence in who I am and where I come from. I have begun to realize that I have the ability to form meaningful relationships with people who the day before had been complete strangers.” -Providence College student
  4. 4. “If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse gift will find a fitting place.” -Margaret Mead, 1963
  5. 5. “Democracy must begin at home, and its home is the neighborly community.” -John Dewey, 1927 “Our systems of education have long given us far too little information about lives outside our borders, stunting our moral imaginations”. -Nussbaum, 2002
  6. 6. “I’ve learned that, yes, I could lead a group of people, one me and the rest followers. I could do that. But how much better would it be if it was a room full of leaders.” -Miami University student leader

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