Change The Way You View The World

The Center for Service-Learning facilitates two faculty-led international programs in Kenya and Rwanda that promote engaged partnerships between students, faculty, and local and global communities. Our goal is to develop sustained and long term partnerships between Western and multiple community partner organizations to meet the stated goals of international communities, while providing a rich interdisciplinary learning experience for students.

The Center for Service-Learning's courses offer students community-based learning that takes place in the classroom of other cultures, and challenges assumptions about what it means to live in the age of globalization. Much of the learning is centered on the knowledge of local experts and through field experiences and service activities.

Our program is based on the guiding principle of reciprocal and respectful partnerships and is designed to address the community goals of our international community partners. We are invited into their communities and they are invited to be a full participant in the service learning project design. This is not an academic tourism model or a "feel good" experience for our students, but a commitment to social responsibility and change, authentic intercultural relationships, and deep personal learning.


International information

International Service-Learning

Apply for the Field Studies and Collaborative International
Service-Learning Program in Rwanda for the 2015 Summer quarter.
Priority Deadline: May 1st, 2015
Rwanda Summer 2015 Application

Learn more:

Date Time Location Event
Wednesday, January 14th 3:00-4:00 Wilson Library 271 Info session
Wednesday, January 28th 12:00-1:00 6th floor in the VU Info Table
Wednesday, January 29th 11:00-3:00 VU MultiPurpose room International Info Fair
Tuesday, February 3rd 4:00-5:00 College Hall room 137 Info session
Tuesday, February 17th 4:00 -5:00 College Hall room 137 Info session
Monday, March 9th 4:00-5:00 College Hall room 137 Info session
Tuesday, March 31st 3:00-4:00 College Hall room 137 Info session
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Take a moment to also check out our Winter Quarter Kenya program.
Kenya Video created by a Western Washington University Student

Stories and Photos from Students

Page Updated 01.27.2015