International Summer Service Learning Program

Despite dramatic changes throughout the world, we continue to see a widening economic disparity between the rich and the poor. The lack of basic resources, access to health, education, and employment remains the challenge for developing and non-industrialized nations. In nations marred by political conflict and violence, efforts of peace, reconciliation, and democratization are slow and its effects are seen most clearly in the lives of the poor and marginalized.

The Center for Social Concerns' International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) is both a four-credit course and an eight-week summer service-learning program in Catholic social tradition and social analysis which together provide a critical lens through which students are invited to interpret an array of global issues. In the face of pressing global concerns, the need to educate students about their responsibility in our global community becomes ever apparent. The ISSLP provides an opportunity to examine causes of poverty and to create links of solidarity across borders. In collaboration with global partners, the ISSLP seeks to fulfill this educational objective for our students and to meet local needs of communities across the world. 

The ISSLP begins with THEO 33970 Global Issues (1.0 credit) serving as the pre-departure on-campus course in the spring semester. It is followed by THEO 33938 (3.0 credits) which includes an eight-to-ten week service-learning immersion with partner organizations in a developing country context, summer and fall academic requirements. For students selected to participate, the ISSLP provides airfare, room and board, and $1,000 travel award.

Learn More

Attend an Information Session to learn more from past participants. 

Use this Site Directory to help you find sites of interest by their scope of work, then use the Site Descriptions and Site Binders for more detailed information and research.

Read through the ISSLP Site specific binders located in McNeill Library, Geddes Hall. Site binders may not be removed from Geddes Hall.

Review the ISSLP Learning Agreement and understand the requirements prior to completing the application.

Refer to the 2020 ISSLP Calendar for selection process timeline and key program dates.

St. Mary's College and Holy Cross College students should contact ISSLP@nd.edu to request access instructions for the ISSLP application.

ISSLP accepts applications from all undergraduate and graduate students with returning student status following their ISSLP summer.

If accepted, ISSLP classes are held Thursday's throughout the spring 2020 semester from 6:30–7:45 p.m. and begin on January 16, 2020.

This course fulfills a requirement for the Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor and Catholic Social Tradition Minor.

The ISSLP 2020 application will open Sept 16 and close on November 3 at 11:59 pm. Please refer to the 2020 ISSLP calendar linked above for notification dates.

 

ISSLP Application, Essay Questions & Requirements

 

 

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Upcoming Events

February 2020

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Engaged Learning Forum | Community-Based Learning from the Inside Out
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Postgraduate Service | Precious Blood Volunteers Information Session
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am
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Development on the move: Global strategies informed by local contexts
Friday, February 21, 2020 (All day) to Saturday, February 22, 2020 (All day)
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Labor Café | Teachers' Strikes, Racial Justice, and the Common Good
Friday, February 28, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

March 2020

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Ethical development and life in/beyond higher education
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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Deadline | Rev. Robert S. Pelton, CSC Memorial Essay Contest
Friday, March 6, 2020 (All day) to Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (All day)
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Engaged Learning Forum | Spanish CBL @ Ten!
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 8:15am to 9:45am
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Labor Café
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

April 2020

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Labor Café
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm