by Lori Gardinier, Building a Better World The Pedagogy and Practice of Global Service-Learning (November 12, 2013)
In a reflective guest post, Northeastern University’s Lori Gardinier (PhD, MSW) challenges us to clarify WHY we engage in global service-learning. She couples clear-eyed realism, “some student projects have measurable impact and others are dead on arrival,” with idealistic hope regarding the opportunity to “take people out of their comfort zones and provide a space to assess and refine their passions” in nonprofit practice and social change. We hope her reflections drive you to more clearly address your “why” and we wonder whether the Fair Trade Learning Standards might serve as a policy-response to this very important question.
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