Service Abroad is a four to five week independent summer course in Peru or Brazil that focuses on serving those who are less fortunate in other cultures.
It is an opportunity for Notre Dame women to perfect the balancing of academics, experiential learning, and personal growth experiences while expanding their self-giving.
Participants in the Summer Service Abroad in Peru and Brazil programs may:
Pastoral work, as well as volunteer work in the fields of nursing, social work, and public health are also possible.
Undergraduates who have successfully completed one full academic year of study at Notre Dame of Maryland University are eligible to apply as well as graduate students. Good health and emotional maturity are mandatory.
Note: Applicants with prior teaching or tutoring experience will be given preference.
Submit a Service Abroad Application explaining your interest in the program with an official transcript.
Participants in Service Abroad may earn up to four credits:
The first credit is to be earned through the IDS-310L-01 course during the Spring semester. This class prepares students in the history, politics, and culture of Peru or Brazil (depending on the program the student is participating in). The class meets for an hour every other week.
The remaining three credits are earned during the Service Abroad portion of the program.
Participants live with School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSNDs) during their time abroad.
At home students can prepare by working with minority groups in the city to experience other cultures and participate in a one week service learning program.
On site students should be ready to listen and learn about what is going on around them. The community where the student will live will provide guidance and supervision, but it is ultimately up to the student to make this a meaningful and memorable experience.
Academically, students can prepare through their generalized studies at NDMU and specific studies in IDS 310 and IDS 310L.
Service experiences in high school and college are also helpful to prepare for Service Abroad.