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Application Deadline: October 9, 2017

The Office of Service-Learning utilizes graduate teaching assistants, staff, and faculty members to serve as Program Leaders for our short-term Global Service Programs. As a program leader, you are encouraged to contribute your academic and professional expertise while playing an integral role in the day-to-day operations of our programs for the duration of your stay in-country. During this time, you will facilitate student service opportunities, helping them develop a sense of global citizenship through immersion in situations that involve interacting with community residents while carrying out projects intended to benefit the community.

Benefits of Participation

Program leaders may experience numerous benefits through participation in a Global Service program, such as:

  • Ability to enrich your professional career through leadership and service
  • Opportunity to create or strengthen your international contacts while engaging in community development
  • Option to gain experiences, materials, and information to add international elements to your campus curriculum
  • Possibility to incorporate your research interests into program abroad
  • Assisting with exciting, hands-on experience for students
  • TRAVEL!!

Participation Expectations

PRE-DEPARTURE:
  • Commit to participate in a program abroad for a minimum of two weeks
  • Commit to participate for two consecutive years
  • Assist with marketing and recruitment of students
  • Assist with student selection after applications submitted
  • Communicate program information to students selected for your chosen program
  • Attend student pre-departure seminar facilitated by the Office of Service-Learning (OSL). Seminars held once a week beginning after Spring Break and lasting for six – eight weeks
  • Attend any pre-departure meetings with OSL Staff to review course expectations, syllabi, and other travel considerations
  • Complete any paperwork required by MU, the Office of Service-Learning, and the International Center
  • Attend International Center’s Program Director Health and Safety Workshop
IN-COUNTRY:
  • Facilitate cultural immersion and critical dialogue about living and serving abroad with students while in-country through activities and bi-weekly reflection sessions
  • Serve as a liaison between students and host organization with regards to questions and/or concerns with living conditions, service placements, and other issues as needed
  • Serve as a liaison between students and service sites with regards to questions and/or concerns with work conditions and other issues as needed
  • Attend all meetings, group meals, and excursions with students while in-country
  • Visit all service sites while in-country
  • Supervise students and participate in daily activities at the service sites
  • Establish due dates for in-country assignments; Grade assignments according to the rubrics provided in the syllabus
  • Submit grades to Canvas before deadline
  • In conjunction with host organization, respond to any emergency situations that arise
  • Maintain communication with OSL Staff while abroad
UPON RETURN:
  • Participate in any scheduled program debriefing sessions
  • Complete any program evaluations provided
  • Attend any scheduled student events
  • Assist with marketing and recruitment for following summer program

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior teaching experience
  • Prior travel experience
  • Prior service experience and a dedication to the goals of global service
  • Ability to facilitate dialogues with students about issues of race, ethnicity, religion, history, politics, and other topics that may arise during the program
  • Flexibility with regards possible last minute changes to service placements and other program specifics
  • Ability to work with students and engage them in conversation about meeting their personal and professional goals while in-country
  • Openness to learning new ways of living
  • Ability to manage expectations (students and faculty) with regards in-country amenities, cultural and work experiences, and academic requirements
  • Ability to serve abroad from two to four weeks on a program. Please indicate on your application the number of weeks you wish to participate

Program Options/Locations

Winter 2017 and Summer 2018
  • Costa Rica: Montezuma
    • Program dates: Winter 2017/2018
    • Leader prerequisite: Spanish fluency
    • Service options: environmental cleanup and education, turtle hatchery management, and community cleanup projects
  • Peru
    • Program dates: Summer 2018
    • Leader prerequisite: Spanish fluency
    • Service options: Sustainability, environmental conservation, ecotourism
  • Ghana: Cape Coast
    • Program dates: Summer 2018
    • Service options: education, health education/public health, community & economic development
  • Ireland: Galway
    • Program dates: Summer 2018
    • Service options: education, social justice/human rights issues (Travellers; LGBTQ), elderly care, working with troubled youth

  • South Africa: Cape Town
    • Program dates: Summer 2018
    • Service options: education, community & economic development, health education/public health
  • Thailand: Chiang Rai
    • Program dates: Winter 2017/2018
    • Service options: education, community & economic development, social justice/human rights/human trafficking issues
  • Thailand: Chiang Mai
    • Program dates: Summer 2018
    • Service options: education, community & economic development, health education/public health, social justice/human rights/human trafficking issues

 

Compensation

As a program leader, you will be compensated for your time abroad. The compensation includes the following:

  • Airfare
  • Immunizations (as required)
  • Visas (as required)
  • Small stipend
  • Accommodations
  • Meals or funds to cover meals
  • Local transportation costs
  • Other academic program expenses (entrance fees, supplies, etc.)

Application Process

To be considered for the 2017/2018 Academic Year programs, please click “Apply Now” – Application Deadline: October 9, 2017.

Program Leader Timeline:

  • October 9: Deadline for applications &Notification of selected leaders
  • October 10: Marketing & promotion of programs
  • November 2017: Student Pre-departure classes
  • December 2017: Marketing & promotion of programs for summer 2018
  • January/February 2018: Training Session #2; Marketing & promotion of programs
  • March/April 2018: Training Session #3; Student Pre-departure class
  • May – August 2018: Lead program abroad (based on program dates)

More Information

For more information, please attend our Program Leader Information or contact Global Service staff in the Office of Service-Learning.

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