Service Learning: Know your Community, Know Yourself
Presenter: Ann Straub
Institutions: Council of International Schools
Building on the ideas of intercultural understanding, knowing who you are serving, and ethical engagement, the importance of intercultural competency and how it supports effective Service Learning will be explored though personal story. This example will illustrate how understanding our own culture and the culture being served influences the assumptions made and how the ensuing behaviours and perceptions affect the very people we are trying to help. Knowing ourselves and who we are serving, the differences and the commonalities and how we bridge those differences is at the core of effective service learning and global citizenship.