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George School Global Service Program Overview


Expanding on sixty-plus years of experience, establishing and leading international service trips in over fifteen different countries, the George School Global Service Program is designed to enhance the scope and quality of international service-learning trips for secondary school students. The program provides educational programs for adult leaders and offers transformative international service-learning experiences for both students and teachers. Click here to learn what makes the Global Service Program stand apart from other travel programs.

For details on the 2013 program, including who can participate, how to apply, important dates, and fees, click here. For information on previous year's programs, which included service trips to China and Ecuador, please click here. You also might enjoy looking at previous trip blogs to get a flavor of what the overseas experiences are like.

The Global Service Program provides three special service-learning programs.

Arrow Narrow Program One: Faculty Institute for Service Learning
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Arrow Narrow Program Three: Student Institute and International Service Learning Experience
 
Program One: Faculty Institute for Service Learning

"The GSP workshop (Service Learning Faculty Institute) was by far the best workshop I have attended in my fifteen years as an independent school educator. The workshop presenters offered practical and invaluable advice based on years of experience leading both domestic and international service trips. Each workshop was well organized and thoughtfully planned. It is no surprise the George School is a leader in service learning programming."
- Rachel Gomez, Director of Community Service at Friends Seminary

The  Faculty Institute for Service Learning provides an instructional framework for educators and administrators so that they develop the skills required to create and lead international service learning trips for their own students. The workshops are taught by George School teachers and administrators who bring a depth of international travel and service-project experience.

For a sampling of workshop topics, please visit Training Workshops 2012. Participants in Program One and Two will participate in all three days of workshops.

To register for the Faculty Institute for Service Learning (workshops only), click here.

Program Two: Faculty Institute and International Service Learning Experience

This service-learning package is designed for secondary school teachers and administrators who want to add a service-learning experience to the service-project training workshops offered at the Faculty Institute for Service Learning. Program Two participants will complete the Faculty Institute, take supplementary workshops on the history, culture, and social norms of China or Ecuador, and travel to their country of study for an in-depth service-learning experience. They will join the students who are participating in Program Three in some of the workshops and the overseas trips.

For a sampling of workshop topics, please visit Training Workshops 2012. Participants in Program One and Two will participate in all three days of workshops.

To apply for the Faculty Institute and International Service-Learning Experience, click here. Visit the China and Ecuador trip pages to learn more about the kinds of service learning experiences we offer.

Program Three: Student Institute and International Service Learning Experience

This service-learning program is designed for secondary-school-age students worldwide who want to participate in a service learning experience that is grounded in educational workshops. Program Three participants will complete the Student Institute workshops and then join the teachers participating in Program Two while they travel to their country of study for an in-depth service-learning experience in either China or Ecuador.

The Student Institute workshops are an important part of the service-learning experience and will:

1. Instruct participants on the history, culture and social norms of China and Ecuador
2. Set the stage for the active reflection and journaling that will occur during and after the trip (Students will be required to maintain a journal which includes assignments that will start before they arrive at George School)
3. Provide background and instruction that directly links to the issues and concerns we will work to address throughout the service project
4. Create the spirit of teamwork and collaboration that will be an important aspect of the overseas experience
5. Review rules and guidelines designed to keep participants safe and ensure a positive experience for all

The George School Global Service Program is made possible through an Educational Leadership Grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation. George School was one of twenty schools invited by the Edward E. Ford Foundation to apply for the Educational Leadership Grants. The twenty schools were chosen on the basis of their “demonstrated capacity for transformative thinking” and for their strong stewardship of previous grants from the foundation. George School was one of five independent schools to be awarded the grants in 2009 for innovative proposals that can be models for other schools worldwide.