Service Learning and Study Abroad Programs

Service learning and exposure to a variety of cultures is an integral part of a Wheelock education, beginning right from our students' first year on campus. The College is proud to offer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a variety of service learning opportunities, ranging from working in urban Boston classrooms through the Jumpstart program to traveling within the United States and around the world to practice community building in the context of a different culture.

Wheelock students are also encouraged to enhance their educational experience by studying abroad for a semester or during the summer break. Our counselors work closely with students to find study abroad opportunities that fit their interests, their pocketbook, and their academic schedule.

Service Learning Trips

Wheelock hosts trips to a variety of international and domestic locations during the school year. On these trips, students are immersed in the local culture as they perform community service projects. Past trips to New Orleans, Guatemala, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Singapore, and Ghana/Benin have been wildly popular. Students have returned from the trips inspired and excited about the integration of learning and service.



• South Africa: History, Culture and Human Services
Led by Prof. Lenette Azzi-Lessing, Social Work
Date: January 4-19, 2014
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MARCH 2014 (Spring Break)

• Barbados: Inclusionary Practice in the Eastern Caribbean
Led by Prof. Felicity Crawford, Special Education
Date: March 7-16, 2014
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• Belfast/Northern Ireland: How Early Childhood Programs Can Help Children Affected by Violence Heal
Led by Prof. Diane Levin, Early Childhood Education
Date: March 7-16, 2014
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• San Juan, Puerto Rico: Teaching and Learning in Bilingual School and Community Settings
Led by Prof. Jane Yedlin, Language and Literacy, and Prof. Tina Durand, Human Development
Date: March 6-16, 2014
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• Belize: Tropical Ecology
Led by Professors Lisa Lobel and Ellen Faszewski, Math & Science
Date March 7-16, 2014
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• Munich, Dachau, and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany: Learning from the Holocaust
Led by Prof. Petra Hesse, Human Development, and Prof. Debbie Samuels-Peretz, Elementary Education
Date: May 20-June 4, 2014
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• Haiti: Strength and Unity
Led by Professor Castagna Lacet, Social Work
Date: June (dates TBA)
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• Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, and Denmark): Comparative Social and Government Models
Led by Professor Irwin Nesoff, Leadership and Policy
Date: May 17-June 1, 2014
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Study Abroad

Through our affiliation with the Colleges of the Fenway, Wheelock provides our students with many opportunities to study abroad for a semester. Trips take place throughout the academic year and during summer break. And studying abroad may be more affordable than you think. Scholarships are available and students can apply their existing Wheelock financial aid package to their trip cost. (See a list of current scholarship opportunities.)

Wheelock students have studied in Florence, Italy; Hawaii; Dublin, Ireland; Sydney and Newcastle, Australia; and many more locations.

Learn more at the Colleges of the Fenway's Geo Center website.

Jumpstart at Wheelock

Through the Jumpstart program, Wheelock students work with preschoolers from a low-income background for 10-12 hours a week over the course of a full year. Nearly a quarter of Wheelock's entering class participates in Jumpstart as part of their required field-placement, positively affecting the lives of local children in underserved populations while making connections between theories learned in the classroom and child behaviors in the community.

Learn more about Jumpstart at Wheelock.

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