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​​Global Service-Learning Opportunities

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 Winter 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 2015-2016


El Manzano Uno, Nicaragua

December 26, 2015-January 3, 2016 

For the third year in a row, 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. 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 Dr. Nuria Alonso García, alongside student leader Grace Twardy '16.


Global Border Crossing: Tijuana, México

February 27, 2016-March 5, 2016

The Global Border Crossing 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. By diving deeply into learning about the U.S./México border region, and other border regions around the world, participants will be prepared to be immersed in a border region for one week during the spring break service-learning experience.

The trip will focus on working with community members in Tijuana, México through Esperanza International, a transnational non-profit organization that works to build a community both literally and figuratively along the border of the U.S and México. In Tijuana, participants will work alongside Tijuanenses to help build homes for community members. Participants will also explore other facets of border life, through a variety of excursions which include visiting a health clinic, the border wall, a migrant house, and more. 

This course is cross-listed with Global Studies, Public and Community Service Studies, and Sociology and meets both the Diversity and Civic Engagement Proficiencies. The course and trip will be led by Dr. Kara Cebulko and Magali García-Pletsch alongside student leaders Taylor Gibson '17 and Stephen Skelly '17. 


Previous Trips: 

Global Coffee Culture: Managua & Matagalpa, Nicaragua

The Global Coffee Culture course was a Global Studies course taught by Athena Fokaidis and Kiley Leduc. The course focused on exploring the societal, economic and cultural implications of the coffee trade worldwide. Participants examined these themes locally by utilizing partnerships in Providence, such as New Harvest Coffee and Common Grounds Café, and globally through the service immersion trip to Nicaragua. Coffee is a large part of many cultures and this course helped students understand what puts coffee in their cups, by analyzing the process of growing, trading, and distributing coffee . ​ 

The service immersion trip in Nicaragua was facilitated by the Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) at Augsburg College. Once in Nicaragua, guided by CGEE staff, participants toured a coffee producing region, learning about the daily life of coffee farmers and the intricacies of the trade. Participants also lived with local families for a portion of the trip, to get to know community members better and undrestand their relaitonship with global coffee culture. 


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 Dr. 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. Dr. Nick Longo and Dr. 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

This trip coincided with the Justice Across Borders course, which was cross-listed with Global Studies and Public and Community Service. The 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.

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. 


Magali García-Pletsch
Program Coordinator
Feinstein Institute for Public Service

​Upcoming Dates:

  • Info Session: September 24, 2015 5:30-6:30pm, Slavin Overlook Lounge
  • Application deadline: October 2, 2015
  • Interviews: October 5-9, 2015

​In the News:

Click here to read an article about the GSL Spring Break trips, as well as other Providence College spring break trips. 
Click here to read an article from The Cowl about the México and Nicaragua spring break trips.


Trip Photos:

Flickr Photo Album, Tijuana 2015Visit our Flickr album to see pictures from the 2015 Global Border Crossing trip to Tijuana, Mexico


​Recommended Providers

Can't go on one of our GSL trips? Consider a trip with Unearth the World

Unearth the World shares our vision of reciprocal and sustainable global service-learning, and has programs in Zambia, Ghana, Peru, and Nicaragua.

Learn more about their programs here.

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