Educational Administration, Department of


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Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Fall 2013, pp.31-40


Copyright 2013 Niehaus and Crain


International service-learning (ISL) is a popular way to facilitate student growth in the areas of cross-cultural learning and civic engagement. However, many have questioned whether international trips provide any added value compared to domestic service-learning. Using the context of Alternative Break programs, this study compares student experiences in similarly structured international and domestic service-learning programs. In doing so, it contributes to the larger debate over the relative costs and benefits of international service- learning programs.