Service Learning

IS students complete a service learning course in Xicotepec, Mexico

IS students complete a service learning course in Xicotepec, Mexico

Service learning coursework combines academic theory with practical real-life experience. Students provide service in a community that is directly connected to the academic content of the course

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Service Learning -- International Studies (IS:3012 on MyUI in spring 2020)
Using the Community Engaged Learning (CEL) model, this course explores the lives of immigrants and refugees in Iowa and the communities and organizations that welcome them. While the courses is grounded in the history of immigration to the state and the charged, national immigration debates of the present, the primary focus will be individuals and their lived experiences.  The course will partner with the Refugee and Immigrant Association (RIA), an Iowa City non-profit created by refugees and immigrants from African nations.

Refugees Welcome sign


International Perspectives: Xicotepec
Students apply during the fall semester, enroll on MyUI for the spring semester.  Introduction to providing service to communities in underdeveloped countries through discipline-specific projects to improve community life in Xicotepec, Mexico.  Cultural and professional preparation for team work in an international environment in collaboration with Rotary International. Spring break in Xicotepec, Mexico. 


Early Literacy Instruction for Young Children  (CSD:3187 on MyUI)a
Service-learning involving lecture, class discussion, and student participation in an early literacy program for preschoolers in a community near Iowa City.  Conduct story time groups with preschool children (many of whom are recent immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries, or ethnic minority refugees from Burma/ Myanmar), that target development of print knowledge.

IS student works with children in Colombus Junction



aIowa Youth Writing Project
WRIT:2100 on MyUI
In Writing and Community Outreach students will work with the Iowa Youth Writing Project to act as community builders, instructors, mentors, and advocates for various cross-sections of Iowa City's youth. Students will create lesson plans, direct activities, and help produce a group publication for a group of young writers at a local school or community center.



Child Life Experiential Learning Program (alternating summer sessions)
This program is a 3 week faculty led course based in Cape Town, South Africa. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Red Cross Children's Hospital, Maitland Cottage Home, and the Sarah Fox Convalescent Hospital. Students interested in health and child life are welcome to participate, regardless of major or skill level.