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Global Service Learning

What is Global Service Learning?

Are you interested in going abroad, but looking to do more than learn facts about another country, take classes in a foreign setting, or participate in a general study abroad program? Would you like to enhance your ability to solve problems in a global setting while applying your academic knowledge to the real world and building intercultural relationships?

Global service-learning (GSL) enables you to put classroom learning to work in the field, help local citizens meet a vital need through a community-driven project, and learn from others while contributing to their community and/or work-related efforts. This program helps you understand how you can make a difference in the world.

In EDI's service-learning programs, students connect academic learning, reflection, personal growth, and civic responsibility to meaningful community service experiences related to disabilities and the workplace. Current EDI GSL opportunities are available in Israel and India, and run for approximately six weeks each summer.

Academics and Services

EDI's GSL programs aims to bring academic learning in class rooms and community service together to offer experiential learning in an international setting. As such, participating students will generally:

  • Enroll in and attend a 1 credit pre-departure course in the prior spring semester
  • Complete assigned readings and written reflections
  • Participate in reflection sessions
  • Engage in service work while in-country
  • Document their service/community engagement experience
  • Write a final reflection paper upon re-entry in the U.S.

About the Center

Funder: K. Lisa Yang

These disability-focused Global Service Learning opportunities are sponsored by the Yang-Tan Institute at the ILR School, through a generous gift from Cornell University ILR School alumna K. Lisa Yang, in collaboration with the ILR School International Programs Office.


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