Program participants will work side by side with the local students and community members to implement sustainable improvements in the community. The experience will provide students the opportunity to learn, hands-on, about the challenges that this community faces and allow them to practice implementing solutions to these challenges first hand.
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 a trip to the Valley of the Butterflies, a relaxed day visit to Lindos, classes in Greek cuisine, a night out in the medieval town (a fun and beautiful experience), and much more. The options for cultural and social enrichment in this location are vast and enriching.
This service program offers students the opportunity to participate in several different service initiatives including reforestation projects, community environmental clean-up projects in partnership with local Greek students, work with the Rhodes Animal Welfare Society, and even archeological projects led by experts that will incorporate service while learning hands-on about the ancient history of the island.
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