In an era of globalization and greater worldwide interdependence, examining of global issues and their impact on our lives, on students’ lives, and on society has become one of the most important missions for research universities. At the Darla Moore School of Business, a variety of activities and projects are under way to tackle this mission while also providing opportunities in experiential and international service learning for students at the undergraduate level.
What is service learning? It is a form of experiential education that, by design, connects the classroom to organized “real world” activities. Integrating service learning into the curriculum encourages students to apply skills and knowledge learned in an academic setting to meet community needs. The Moore School and the University of South Carolina offer students opportunities to engage in challenging and meaningful service-learning activities. Recent service-learning activities included a Global Business Immersion Camp to Cluj, Romania. Students combined service-learning and research in a summer trip to Mexico City and Xalapa, Mexico. Other service-learning opportunities can be found through the USC Connect web site. Closer to home, a group of Moore undergraduates recently worked on homes in New Orleans over Spring Break. Plans are also under way to launch a “hands-on” weekends in rural areas of South Carolina to encourage small business development.
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SERVICE-LEARNING OPPORTUNIES?
Do you have an interest in volunteering abroad? Do you wish to make an impact on society? Do you have an interest in learning the Spanish language but do not have the time to pursue a minor? If you answered “Yes” to these questions then the Social Entrepreneurship Corps may be for you. Please visit the Social Entrepreneurship Corps Web site for additional information on this wonderful experience of helping others, meeting new people, and creating entrepreneurship skills. The application is available online at: www.socialentrepreneurcorps.com.
As a student in the Darla Moore School of Business, it may also be possible to earn 3 hours of independent study credit related to your work in the Social Entrepreneurship Corps. Your Advisor will be happy to discuss the independent study option with you.
To learn more about service learning at the University of South Carolina, the tools available to support the practice, and contact information, please visit www.sc.edu/servicelearning.