Development issues in growing nations can be seen and discussed in service-learning programs on Purdue’s campus. Two international experiences in Haiti and Peru reveal a need for development strategies that can be universally applied in service-learning settings. Traveling with graduate students from Lima, Peru, to study animal connection in Peruvian society and teaching Haitian university students the basics of water quality and testing allow the exchange of ideas between cultures and profound learning for both parties. Connections like these change mindsets and inspire curiosity, thus strengthening human capacity. Challenges and barriers like integrating quantitative and qualitative data from community partners are overcome through communication and teamwork. Service-learning intimately relates classroom instruction with practical application, allowing students to realize their potential not only to share technical knowledge, but also to generate innovation within cultures vastly different than our own.
"Haitian Sun and Peruvian Ruins: Service-Learning in International Development,"
Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement: Vol. 4
Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/pjsl/vol4/iss1/13