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Office of Community-University Partnerships & Service Learning

Microphilanthropy Initiative Changes Perspectives, Lives of Students

Not a day goes by that Lauren Dobay ’13 doesn’t think about the people she provided care for in Uganda as a senior nursing student in the rural town of Kamuli. Forever etched in her mind are images of hallways lined with critically ill patients at the acute inpatient hospital unit where she worked -- a facility that had almost no basic supplies or access to diagnostic testing.

“I knew I was in for a life-changing experience, and two years later I am still amazed at how it continues to impact me as a nurse and as a person,” says Dobay, now a nurse in Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Surgical ICU. “It was one of the most important experiences in my education and has forever changed my perception of public health.”

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International Service-Learning

Service-learning doesn't just happen in Burlington and other Vermont communities. UVM students practice service-learning in many parts of the world, engaging more deeply with the countries they visit and the people they meet.

A UVM student gathers interview data alongside a community partner, part of a community profile and asset mapping service-learning project in "ENVS 150/NR 185/PRT 188: Communities, Conservation & Development in Costa Rica".

Travel Study

You can pursue service-learning opportunities as part of a study abroad program, or enroll in one of several travel study courses taught as service-learning, including in the Bahamas, Uganda, St. Lucia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and more.

Global Service-Learning Summer Internship

Undergraduate students can apply for one of UVM Continuing & Distance Education's Global Service-Learning Summer Internships. Check out past examples of international service-learning internship projects and organizations.


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