A transformative program cultivating compassion and global citizenship

The Global Service Scholars is a 3-quarter program offering UC Irvine undergraduates the opportunity to study compassion and participate in immersive service experiences.

In partnership with the School of Social Ecology and the Living Peace Foundation, the program is rooted in compassion and pairs rigorous academic preparation with an immersive service-learning trip.

Scholars, including many minority and first generation college students, first learn about the science and practice of compassion in specialized coursework, examining how to cultivate compassion for others and how to effectively leverage that compassion to make a difference. Then, they put those lessons to practical use working with organizations that work in numerous areas such as sustainability, poverty alleviation and justice.

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2018 FIELD SITES

PARAGUAY

Scholars worked with Blum Distinguished Visiting Scholar Martín Burt and Fundación Paraguaya at the San Francisco Agricultural School in Cerrito, Paraguay.

NEPAL

The cohort of 2018 Global Service Scholars worked with a local women-run farm in rural Nepal.

CAMBODIA

A cohort of 2018 Global Service Scholars worked with a local community center based outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia.

SITE SPOTLIGHT

Paraguay spotlight by UCI DigiFilm Student Videographer Corey Nguyen

STUDENT STORIES

Filter stories by site: Paraguay | Nepal | Cambodia | Peru | Ghana | Thailand

Hard Work and a Positive Attitude

Global Service Scholar: Sergio Cervantes Country: Paraguay Working at Fundación Paraguaya and being amongst students […]

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Support Systems and Collaboration

Global Service Scholar: Lesley Vallecillos Country: Nepal On my trip to Nepal, I have learned […]

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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Global Service Scholar: Nicolas Gutierrez III Country: Cambodia For the people of Cambodia, there is […]

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