Undergraduate Global Service Learning
Positive business at Michigan Ross centers on creating economic value for customers, shareholders, and society; creating a great place to work; and being a great neighbor in the local community, the nation, and the world. The Global Service Learning Program in Nicaragua challenges students with the questions: What does it mean to be a great neighbor globally? How can business be a positive force for change in communities abroad and at home?
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Royal Bank of Canada, Ross students have the unique opportunity to address these questions during a one-week service learning program. This program is carried out in partnership with International Samaritan, an Ann Arbor-based non-profit organization with many years of experience working in communities throughout Latin America and around the world.
In La Joya, Nicaragua, a neighborhood near Granada, the recycling industry is a major employer. Students on this program will interact with families directly impacted by the recycling industry and learn first-hand how it simultaneously creates opportunity for the community while also contributing to cyclical social and economic dilemmas. Ross students will help construct homes for families living in the La Joya neighborhood and work with local children in a group home shelter. Throughout the experience, students will learn about the social impact of business, philanthropy, and poverty alleviation and will be challenged to apply that knowledge to their service in Nicaragua and their interactions with the Ross community upon return to campus.
Applications are due in early November