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Ayusa Launches New Faculty-Led Service Learning Program for High School Students
San Francisco, CA – March 21, 2012– Ayusa International, a 30-year old non-profit that promotes global learning and leadership through cultural exchange, study abroad and leadership programs for high school students, is proud to announce the launch of its faculty-led service learning opportunities in Brazil, Ghana, India, Nepal, and Thailand. In partnership with ProWorld, a social enterprise that offers volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities for individuals and custom groups in developing countries, the Ayusa faculty-led service learning programs allows teachers to develop a customized international service learning experience for their high school students.
“The new locations for our faculty-led service learning programs provide even more opportunities for high school teachers to develop an interactive and tailored program that will meet their educational goals,” said Joe Roma, director of Ayusa Study Abroad. “An international service learning experience with Ayusa will immediately get students engaged in critical thinking and problem-solving skills outside of the classroom, and help them develop a broader understanding of cultures and communities beyond their own neighborhood.”
Ayusa Study Abroad works directly with teachers to develop a customized service learning program which reflect their specific high school curriculum while meeting the time constraints and budgets of their students. In addition, teachers travel free with a minimum of five students. Customized faculty-led service learning programs can vary in length from one to eight weeks and can be developed in most of the ProWorld field site locations, based on specific curriculum and academic goals. Ayusa faculty-led service learning opportunities are also offered in five countries in Latin America: Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico.
International service learning opportunities include:
- Conservation Projects – Learning about organic and agricultural farming methods, educating community members on ecotourism, supporting a sustainable co-op farm, developing a recycling project, or reforesting the local environment.
- Education Projects – Providing basic health education for villagers, teaching English or providing environmental education to younger students.
- Community Development Projects – Mentoring children and youth at a local orphanage by playing games and assisting children with their homework or hosting a sports clinic for youth at a local school.
- Construction Projects – Assisting community members in building and installing cleaner burning stoves or water filters for rural families.
"The service learning program provides opportunities for full immersion within the community - through the projects and home stay options - and ensures that students not only actively participate in the project aspect but they also cultivate an understanding of the significance of the work and gain knowledge of the cultural elements of the regions in which they are working and residing," said Carla Flanhofer, instructor and curricular lead, Peak to Peak Charter School.
Ayusa Study Abroad faculty-led programs give high school students an affordable, high-quality service learning experience. The program price includes flights, ground transportation, accommodations, local assistance, special programs elements, entrance fees, most meals, and any other items necessary to
provide a quality academic and cultural experience for students, with no hidden charges.
Logistical arrangements including academic coordination, 24-hour on site management, emergency assistance, accommodations, transportation, meals, student enrollment, and accounting are all handled by Ayusa Study Abroad. Academic coordination takes account of classroom space, lectures and site visits. Student enrollment and accounting consists of registration, collection of participation fees, pre-departure information, dissemination, and payment for all services.
All participants and faculty leaders are covered by a comprehensive accident and health insurance policy. A 24-hour help center, linked to this insurance coverage, is available to provide assistance for any medical needs. Ayusa maintains a $10,000,000 general liability policy through our parent company. Furthermore, all Ayusa Study Abroad programs are accompanied by a ProWorld on-site coordinator who is fluent in the local language, customs and community needs.
Ayusa International (www.ayusa.org) is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to promote global learning and leadership through cultural exchange, study abroad and leadership programs for high school students from the U.S. and around the world. In addition, Ayusa administers multiple high profile grant programs funded by the U.S. Department of State and other organizations. Ayusa is a sister company of Intrax, a family of organizations that provide a lifetime of high-quality educational, work and volunteer programs that connect people and cultures. Intrax is headquartered in San Francisco with offices on four continents.