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College Credit

Bright Light Volunteers and Bethel University have partnered to offer rising high school juniors and seniors college credit for participating in our program. All current college students are also eligible to earn transferable college credit. This “dual enrollment” program Bethel University has set up allows our high school program participants the opportunity to look to deeper into the culture and people they will encounter while on their service program, all while earning college credit and becoming a global citizen and leader!

And, best, but not least of all, is that you don’t have to get yourself to their physical campus in TN – because Bethel University is making it very easy to get educated by offering a state-of-the-art, web-based classroom, perfect for those who want to learn at their own pace or those who like the ability this type of learning platform offers and may not need the traditional “four walls” structure to mainstream learning.

This opportunity is available to our “post-college” participants as well! We invite you to just audit the course and still receive an official educational transcript – it is a great addition to your resume or CV and is sure to impress future employers and graduate schools. 

By opting to audit the course there is no requirement to complete all assignments or get certified college credit hours in order to more fully understand the culture, history, and beliefs of the particular country where your upcoming service program is to take place! The more prepared you are, the better and more meaningful your experience will be! 

A True Partnership

Stacie Freeman, who is a professor of Sociology at Bethel University in Tennessee and Director of Global Studies, has been a dedicated global leader, educator, and activist for the cause for and benefits of providing global education for over 20 years. The Bethel University Global Studies Program has developed a committed partnership with Bright Light Volunteers, joining our goal of making the world a brighter place by designing custom-made curriculum to go along with each of our program locations and service projects.

Open-minded & Accessible

Earning college credit through Bethel University is easy and affordable. Any volunteer, who is a high school junior or beyond is eligible to take advantage of this unique opportunity to be able to highlight global travel and international service, showing university credit on college applications, resumes, and CVs.

Committed to Our Cause

Our focus is on helping others and providing opportunities for educational and cultural learning while remaining a not-for-profit organization that exists to serve our global community. Our program supports college students by providing a variety of service learning and cultural opportunities to broaden their worldview and create global leaders for the future.

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