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Global Vision Service Learning Program

Summer 2014: India

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of an anonymous alum, the University of Central Missouri has developed the Global Vision Endowment.The funds will allow the development of an outreach program in summer 2014 sending a team of four students and a faculty member to India to spend two weeks volunteering on community projects such as supporting youth and adults with special needs, teaching English to children from pre-school through high school, and supporting at-risk individuals needing special emotional support.The students will have a unique opportunity to learn about working “with host partners on family-friendly service efforts with resourceful grass-roots agencies” in a friendly and historically rich region.

The educational service learning project will be led by Ms. Amy Jammeh, a faculty member in the English Language Center at UCM.Amy has successfully led four Global Vision service projects to Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Poland, plus she is an alum of a Rotary International Ambassador Scholarship for study in Chile.She is well suited to lead the group as the university continues to explore new directions in international education. Amy is excited about participating in a different country and culture with UCM undergraduates, and she feels that volunteering has always been something that she enjoys personally outside of school or work.We are delighted that she gets to share this experience with UCM students.

Four undergraduate students will be chosen to represent the four colleges at UCM:

1) College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

2) Harmon College of Business and Professional Services

3) College of Education

4) College of Health, Science and Technology

Faculty members throughout the four colleges are being asked to encourage outstanding students to apply to participate in the Global Vision trip to India from 26 July through 9 August.The application form may be found here. Students must be returning to UCM for both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. A report of the success and impact of the program will be shared after the Global Vision volunteer service project team members return to campus in the fall.

Dr. Joy Stevenson, the Director of the International Center, remarks that the University is very fortunate to have the support of alumni whose gifts create such scholarship funds allowing the expansion of study abroad and international service learning opportunities.The Global Vision Endowment is the largest such gift to UCM and in 2014 it will make a significant difference in the lives of UCM students as well as Indian families for years to come.

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Joy Stevenson, Director of the International Center.