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Volunteering, a No-Assumptions Approach

Volunteering, a No-Assumptions Approach

This is a guest post written by Mandeep Kaur, about what it means to approach a problem with no assumptions. We are all guilty of assuming that a certain community needs a certain kind of help. We look at homeless people and assume that we need to build them homes,...

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Building Service Into Curriculum

This is a guest post by student Sydney who went to an unusual high school that emphasized service learning. For my middle and high school years, I attended a school founded on the principles of global engagement, purposeful living, and ethical responsibility. Service...

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PlayPumps: When Good Intentions Go Bad

This is a guest article by Learning Service Intern Kayley Gould, on how even large well-funded development projects can fail if they don't prioritize learning. This past spring, I took an Environmental Anthropology course focused on environmental justice and water...

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This is Not the Time for Facebook Activism

This is a guest post by Sushil Babu Chhetri. I am writing to you from the western part of Nepal, one the most remote and most disadvantaged regions of the country, and also my birthplace. Since I saw the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic unfolding across the world,...

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The True Meaning of Volunteering

This is a reflection from student Kayley Gould, on how volunteering in her local area has shaped her views on how volunteering can be done right. Last year, I explored in depth what it means to volunteer. I researched and wrote my senior thesis on the dangers of...

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How an Encounter in an Ice-Cream Shop Changed My Gap Year

This is a reflection from guest writer Manju, who is currently on her gap year in Nepal. I’m a Nepali-German kid who grew up in the Bay Area in California. The diverse nature of my environment and international upbringing in my life deeply shaped my outlook on the...

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