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


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


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


Paraguay spotlight by UCI DigiFilm Student Videographer Corey Nguyen


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Phonics lessons for kids

Global Service Scholar: Kayli Savage Country: Cambodia We stay at one of the many guesthouses […]

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Having compassion toward others, even in difficult circumstances

Global Service Scholar: Jordan Stead Country: Nepal I had heard many times before going on […]

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Seeing the differences between Mexico, Paraguay and the U.S.

Global Service Scholar: Mariela Padilla Country: Paraguay My  stay in Paraguay has been filled with […]

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