Travel, experience, reflection, and academic inquiry form the foundation of global service-learning experiences at Providence College. In a process that deepens learning and enhances either a January or Spring Break travel experience, students analyze and reflect upon travel and community engagement in a related course throughout the spring term. This experience serves as a central “text” of the course which students analyze and reflect upon their with their classmates, both while on the trip and back on campus through class discussions, assignments and in sharing their experience. While the semester course offerings and related trips are expected to rotate and change each academic year, The Feinstein Institute is dedicated to working with community partners and building mutual relationships with organizations abroad through this program. The Global Service-Learning Program is run through the Feinstein Institute for Public Service, in partnership with several academic departments and the Center for International Studies. All of the global service-learning courses are cross-listed with Global Studies.
Trips for 2014-15:
Youth Development Across Borders: El Manzanu Uno, Nicaragua
December 27, 2014-January 3, 2015
PC students and faculty will once again lead a service trip to Nicaragua to work with Waves of Hope, a non-profit organization that works in rural communities in Nicaragua to promote local education and literacy, around the theme of “youth development."
Students who participate in the trip will then take a Spring semester course on Tuesday evenings, GST 371: Youth Development Across Borders.
This course will explore the meaning and practice of being and doing "youth" in various cultural contexts using service-learning in local and international settings. Specifically, students in the course will participate in a weeklong service project with youth in El Manzano Uno in Nicaragua with Waves of Hope during winter break; and then participate in a semester-long service project with youth in Providence, RI with Providence CityArts! for Youth.
This course meets both the Diversity and Civic Engagement Proficiencies. The course and trip will be led by Aleida Benitez and Jenn Ciplet, alongside student trip leaders, Brian Sweeney '15 and Liz Longo '17.
Justice and Service at the US-Mexico Border: Tijuana, México
March 8, 2015-March 16, 2015
The trip will coincide with the course Justice Across Borders. This course focuses on the historical and current relationships between the United States and its bordering communities, examining the political, economic and social aspects of these relationships.
The trip will focus on working with a migrant community in Tijuana, México. Students will fly in to San Diego, CA and cross the border into México for the duration of the trip. Participants will experience the physical border-crossing that the community they will be working with experiences on a daily basis. In Tijuana, participants will work with an organization called Esperanza
. Esperanza works to build a community both literally and figuratively along the border of the U.S and México. Participants will work in thecommunity and help build homes for migrants.
This course is cross-listed with Global Studies and Public and Community Service Studies, and meets both the Diversity and Civic Engagement Proficiencies. The course and trip will be led by Kara Cebulko and Magali García-Pletsch.
Global Coffee Culture
March 7, 2015-March 14, 2015
The trip will coincide with the course GST 371: Global Coffee Culture. This course will seek to explore the societal, economic and cultural implications of the coffee trade. Participants will examine these themes locally by utilizing partnerships in Providence, such as New Harvest Coffee and Common Grounds Café, and globally through the service trip to Nicaragua around the process of growing, trading, and distributing coffee. Coffee is a large part of many cultures and this course will help students understand what puts coffee in their cups.
This course meets both the Diversity and Civic Engagement Proficiencies. The course and trip will be led by Athena Fokaidis and Kiley Leduc.
Visualizing Peace and Justice: Quito, Ecuador
The Visualizing Peace and Justice, global community lens course, was cross–listed with Art, Global Studies and Political Science. It was a photography course that examined the ideas of peace and justice through the lens of art. How do we use art as a way to reach out to the global community to promote these ideas of peace and justice? Students also participated in local community engagement in Providence and put together a final photography exhibit for the Providence community. Dr. Jeffery Pugh and Eric Sung co-led the trip and co-facilitated the class.
Within Ecuador, students worked with the organization founded by Dr. Pugh: the Center for Mediation, Peace and Resolution of Conflict. The organization helps to utilize art as an outlet in promoting community and non-violence. Participants worked in a variety of situations including with local organizations, schools that CEMPROC
has instilled a youth peace program and within a village.
Supporting Community Literacy in Nicaragua: Manzano & Manzanillo, Nicaragua:
The Community Literacy in Rural Nicaragua course was cross-listed with Education and Global Studies. Participants designed a literacy and library fundraising program for the community they worked with in Nicaragua. Students worked on these projects after returning from Nicaragua and continued the relationship with the organization through this project.
Nick Longo and Nuria Alonso Garcia were the two faculty who led the trip and facilitated the course.
Within Nicaragua, participants worked with an organization called Waves of Hope
. Waves of Hope directly works in the rural communities in Nicaragua to promote local education and literacy. Participants worked on creating a library at a local high school and promoting education literacy courses for children and adolescents. Students worked to create an environment of engaged learning and a space for a culture of reading.
Community Health in the Dominican Republic: Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic
The trip coincided with the course Justice Across Borders. This course was cross-listed with Global Studies and Public and Community Service. This course focused on historical and current relationships between the United States and its bordering communities. It examined the political, economic and social aspects of these relationships. The course was co-taught by Dr. Eric Hartman and Kaytee Stewart. The staff member who went on the trip was Dr. Eric Hartman.
Once in the Dominican Republic, students worked with a public-health oriented organization called Outreach 360
. The organization and students volunteered in an orphanage located in Monte Cristi focusing on community health and education. Participants worked directly with the children in the orphanage to promote better community health initiatives and create a healthy space for the children and adolescents in the orphanage.