Resources for Ethical Learners
Community engagement in global learning brings together two powerful educational experiences - study abroad and community engagement
Community engagement in global learning experiences have become more popular in the past few years and more students are participating in community engagement while abroad. Because of this, IUPUI is committed to preparing you to have ethical meaningful experiences locally and abroad and to mutually benefit you and the host community. We strive to provide well-designed educational experiences that incorporate ethical principles support appropriate and vital "teachable moments" for students who want to help others in multicultural settings.
Ethical Community Engagement Pledge
In light of this partnership to do good without harming, we invite you to take this pledge and encourage you to discuss the ethical and cross-cultural opportunities and pitfalls of community-based experiences in global learning with your program leader(s) and peers.
Resources for Ethical Community Engagement in Global Learning Experience Participants:
When searching for a global community engagement program, not only is it important to think about which program will provide you with the most meaningful experience, but also which one will have a positive impact on your host community. Frequently, host communities are exposed to untrained workers that frequently do not speak the local language, lack requisite cultural knowledge necessary for offering culturally appropriate care and provide casual labor in the short term that fail to offer sustainable care that host communities need to see substantial gains in community health and well-being. It's important to find a program that has what's best for you as a participant and the host community, to prepare yourself by learning about the host community and its culture, and to behave ethically while in the experience.
Things We All Need to Know
Finding and preparing for community engagement in a global learning experience that has a positive impact on you and the community is crucial to having an ethical global community engagement experience.
Vetting Programs and Sending Organizations
Even after you've done your research and prepared for your program, it's important to be cognizant of your actions and any unintended consequences while you're abroad.
- NPR article Volunteering Abroad? Read This Before You Post That Selfie
- Radi-Aid's Social Media Guide as a follow-up to their video in the NPR article
Health and Wellness
Community engagement in global learning programs can provide students in health fields hands-on clinical experience and a chance to study abroad in one, but it's important to find a global learning program with community engagement that benefits both the community and the students. Many medical professional organizations have adopted guidelines for their students to consider when choosing a global health experience. Below are some guidelines for undergraduate and professional students interested in a health field.
- AAMC Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad
- ADEA Guidelines for Pre-dental Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad
- AAPA Guidelines for PAs Working Internationally
- APTA International Service Manual for Students: A Guide for Students Considering International Service Trips
- The Working Group on Global Activities by Students at Pre-Health Levels has more pre-health specific resources
More resources for pre-health global learning programs with community engagement:
Programs with Children
- IU Programs involving Children Policy