International Service Learning
Teaching and Learning Through Service in Mexico
JCCC's international service learning project is based in Santa Rosa, a village inside the larger town of Las Pintas, Mexico.
Begun in 1998, the Las Pintas Project has three goals:
- To immerse JCCC students and staff in a meaningful service project
- To enhance the service-learning program with an international and intercultural component
- To help the community center and the people of Las Pintas
The project works with the community center El Centro Integral Comunitario. In addition to providing medical and social services, the El Centro staff assists residents of Santa Rosa by modeling ways to improve daily life and by mentoring community residents who then help others.
Read more about the Las Pintas Project.
Nursing Education and Service-Learning in Northern Uganda
Northern Uganda is recovering from twenty years of civil war, one of Africa’s longest conflicts. Starting in 2012, JCCC, the University of Kansas, and Research College of Nursing/Rockhurst University have jointly sponsored a nursing education and service-learning program at Lacor St. Mary’s Hospital and School of Nursing in Gulu, a major city in northern Uganda.
Over 200 nursing students study at Lacor St. Mary’s Hospital where they are taught by eight full-time faculty. Their main resource is a chalk board, and the students do not have their own textbooks. The goal of our service-learning program has been to assist by providing education and health care in order to improve the quality of life. Our students benefit from the rich cultural partnership and from learning to understand East African concepts of wellness and health care.
Read more about the Northern Uganda project.