Preparing for Service


Categories: Service Learning
Includes 180 days access

Course Overview

International service learning can be a powerful, life changing experience that can help build greater awareness of global/local issues while also building greater self-awareness and understanding. However, there’s a large and growing body of academic research (see below) that demonstrates that the impact of service learning experiences and consequently the effectiveness of service learning participations is mediated, to a large extent, by how prepared they are for the experience. This course is designed for individuals who are planning on participating in an international service learning experience and who want to be prepared for challenges of living and working in a foreign culture. The program also focuses on effective methods for supporting community-based projects and organizations. The curriculum of this course is based on findings from the academic literature on cross-intelligence, materials developed to prepare U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers and best practices in supporting community-based development.

Course Details
This self-directed online training program is designed to be taken independently by participants on their own schedule and there are no “live” sessions. Once logged-in, students will have access the course for 6-months (180 days) from the date of their first access to the class. Participants who successfully complete this training will be awarded the “Preparing for Service” badge certified under the Mozilla Open Badges protocol. Open Badges are visual tokens of achievement that are sharable across the web. This course requires approximately 10 hours of student work, each module includes a brief exam to test comprehension of course materials. Exams can be taken as many times as required to achieve a passing score.

Interested in a customized version(s) of this training for your service learning program?
Village Earth can tailor this course for your service learning organization and programs, including specific for all phases of the service learning experience including customized exams and pre and post service evaluations. For more information contact [email protected] or call 970-237-3002 Ext. 504.

Preparing for Service Badge


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Ang, Soon, Linn Van Dyne, Christine Koh, K. Yee Ng, Klaus J. Templer, Cheryl Tay, and N. Anand Chandrasekar. 2007. “Cultural Intelligence: Its Measurement and Effects on Cultural Judgment and Decision Making, Cultural Adaptation and Task Performance.” Management and Organization Review 3 (3). Wiley Online Library: 335–71.

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