Intercultural Service Learning

Intercultural service learning is an educational pedagogy that pairs experiential learning and civic service within a multicultural and/or intercultural context. Facilitators of intercultural service learning seek to provide students with an interactive learning experience rooted equally in theoretical foundations and real-world applications, complementing classroom learning with context-rich civic service that provides students with both hands-on experience and the opportunity to learn local knowledge from community practitioners. As compared with general models of service learning, intercultural service learning requires an additional level of context provided by facilitating student learning and participation within and across diverse communities and cultures.

This entry introduces core components of intercultural service learning; identifies goals, learning outcomes, and potential benefits for participating students; and discusses the significance of this model as an educational ...

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