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Service-Learning at Tulane University

Countries Visited

Australia, China, Costa Rica, Malaysia, among others; potential programs in South Africa and Russia

Past Projects

Most of the international programs involve an internship and a course taught in country by a Tulane faculty member.  Students have done various things such as work at hospitals, teach English and computer skills to Tibetan refugees, prepare community profiles for a community center, conduct one-on-one interviews with residents, assist in rural schools, among other projects.

Campus Profile

Service- learning has a long history on Tulane’s campus.  While the current graduation requirement started in 2006, the office of service learning had been around for almost 10 years prior. Tulane offers students a wide variety options to engage with the community.  They work with academic departments to offer traditional service –learning courses from to 1000-6000 level, public service internships, independent studies, honors thesis, community based research, and international service learning courses.  Currently, the program supports around 120 service learning courses, 130 interns, two honors thesis, and 24 independent study projects.

“Service-learning provides students and faculty a new way to contextualize academic content, it provides students with real world experiences and opens them up to communities they may not have experienced without their service-learning course.  It also provides student the opportunity to learn by doing, thus reinforcing those concepts they are learning in the classroom.  For community partners, it offers an opportunity for them to access university resources while acting as co-educators and sharing their expertise,” commented Katie Houck, Assistant Director for Student Training and Leadership Development at Tulane University.

 

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