Publication Date

2005

Abstract

The literature on service-learning, while at least partially applicable to international service-learning programs, often does not focus on the element of culture. This research attempts to document the motivations, expectations, and attitudes of a group of UK participants in a short-term non-credit-bearing international service-learning program in India. In order to elaborate on these factors, data is presented and examples given of participant statements at the beginning and end of their international service-learning experience. It is argued that in order for the participants to attain their motivations of making a difference, learning about Indian culture, and gaining new experiences, they must understand themselves as products of their own culture, as well as understanding the cultural context of the society in which they serve.

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