Publication Date

Spring 2012

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Kevin Brennan

Abstract

This case study focuses on the community perspectives of homestay families, partner organizations, and local program staff that collaborated with Xplore USA Summer Language Adventure Camps in the Summer of 2011, in Asheville, North Carolina. The researcher focused on the service work aspect of the Xplore programming, and its impact on the local community via the local community’s perspective, to inform the reader of an underexplored subject. Interviews and survey results showed that the volunteer service projects performed by Xplore students and their local brothers and sisters were perceived as beneficial by an overwhelming majority of all local parties concerned: Xplore staff, host family siblings and parents, and local recipient organizations. The case study illustrates the need to collect local community feedback for proper evaluation of international service learning experiences.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Civic and Community Engagement | Community-Based Learning | International and Comparative Education