Albania is a country rich in culture and diversity, and until recently, isolated from the world. Program participants can expect to encounter friendly and warm people, different religious groups living in harmony and tremendous need – especially in the area of education. In partnership with local nonprofits, participants have the opportunity to create real and sustainable difference within this country that has been shut off from the world for so long.
Through our educational partner, Bethel University, all rising junior and senior high school students are eligible to participate in the immersive, online dual-enrollment course- Global Service Learning and Citizenship (GST 140). This virtual classroom experience not only provides program participants with an edge during college admissions because of their unique dual-enrollment university experience, it will provide them with a much richer service work experience and increased cultural understanding after they embark on the international service work component of the program.
Hands-on, immersive cultural learning opportunities include visiting the Pyramid of Tirana (formerly NATO HQ during the conflict in Kosovo), an outing to discover the the history behind Albania’s thousands of mysterious bunkers, and a day long excursion to explore the enchanting villages in the Albanian countryside.
Access to education, especially in rural parts of this nation-state, is the top priority for our service work in Albania. Past groups have been engaged in a rural school build, English-language instruction and basic education, and many other sorts of infrastructure and teaching projects.
Program participants will exit the program having:
– Demonstrated an understanding of the definition and value of global citizenship
– Developed awareness of one’s own personal reactions to those from different cultures (personal biases, beliefs, attitudes)
– Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of local, national and/or global issues and the interconnectedness and interdependency of different countries and populations
– Developed skills for critical thinking and analysis of global issues
– Developed a sense of belonging to a common humanity, sharing values and responsibilities, based on human rights
– Developed familiarity with various cultures / cultural practices of the host country
– Acted effectively and responsibly at local, national and global levels for a more peaceful and sustainable world