Global Citizenship in a Global Village
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This is the fourth year of Boise State's collaboration with our Village Network Partner, Chan Chen, Belize. Through the Global Citizenship and Social Responsibility course, the Village Network program provides students an international service learning opportunity. Students spend spring break serving with teachers and children at Chan Chen Elementary school. The theme of the Village Partnership is healthy lifestyles.
While the course focus is on the larger issues of social equity and poverty reduction, the 10-day trip provides students hands-on experience for international service, where students realize their potential for global impact. This includes ongoing enhancement of the school garden and school programs that focus on healthy lifestyles. Previous projects have included a garden renovation, chicken coop construction, play-ground enhancements, and an annual healthy lifestyle camp conducted by Boise State students. This year's project will complement a newly initiated school lunch program by building a lunch Pavilion to provide shelter for children while they are eating lunch.
Quotes from former students ..........
"I enjoyed experiencing a culture through service."
"Global citizenship is more than knowing that I am part of a larger humanity.… Being a socially responsible, global citizen means listening to the perspective of the people and meeting them at their level without assuming that I know better or can do anything better. I am neighbors and friends to the rest of the world and it is my responsibility to open my eyes and heart to that."
"You must utilize everyone’s strengths to implement powerful projects"
"I learned that working with people from other areas is extremely rewarding because we all offer different perspectives on the same problem and can honestly find the best possible solution."
"I learned more about teamwork in one week that I have in entire semesters of lab courses."
"You have to be invested in the same goal; you have to work for it to make it work well."
"Global citizenship is not something we inherit, but it is a way of thinking that we adopt. It comes to its fullest form when we see others as equals and can appreciate differences in culture …"
"Global citizenship is shown by our willingness to learn and our efforts to progress as a whole."
This year we hope to DOUBLE the size of the lunch pavilion - 2016 - with your help!
Mixing Concrete - for the first part of the Pavilion - 2015
Final Touches on the Pavilion Floor - Part 1
The Garden - where we grow veggies for healthy lifestyles! From Year 1 - 2013
Lining up for school
The playground is a little more fun after the 2014 renovation
Nursing students ready to assist Community Health workers
Learning about our health
A few of the Chan Chen children's Thank you's...