Global Leadership Opportunities

Rwanda: Service-Learning and Leadership across Cultural, Ethnic and Community Lines (HESI 418T/R)


Have you dreamed of traveling abroad, but are unable to for an entire semester? Would you like to experience working on a virtual team with classmates from a different country? Are you interested in engaging in leadership and service while earning credit? If so, this course may be for you!  


In a six-credit experience, students have the opportunity to engage with a team of students from Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), with a local association in Rwanda, AEE, and with community members in rural Kigali


In a 7-week, intensive spring semester course, UMD and PolyU students will meet virtually to learn about and from one another. Together they will develop and implement a service-learning project, related to appropriate and sustainable technology, with a community in Kigali, Rwanda.


In the summer, students will spend approximately two weeks working side by side with community members and PolyU students to assess the need and impact of technology in rural Rwanda, while simultaneously applying and reflecting upon leadership practices and global competencies in a cross-cultural context.


Click HERE for more details and to apply to HESI 418T/R. 



Haiti: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Service and Leadership (HESI 418L)


In this study abroad course, you will work directly with Haitian university students to critically analyze and support the formation of sustainable locally-driven service-learning projects. In a country that is dominated by international development models of project implementation, this course seeks to give you the knowledge of alternative approaches through the understanding of service-based leadership models and sustainable practices. You will stay in lodging affiliated with a local university in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In addition to organizing and preparing community projects for implementation, you will have the opportunity to become familiar with Haiti's rich and complex history and culture.



By the completion of this program, Students will be able to:

  • Articulate a deeper understanding of service-learning, including critical standards and purpose for service-learning, within a global leadership context
  • Examine approaches, drawing from the Relational Leadership Model and Social Change Model, to create a critical culture of service and social change among students
  • Engage in critical reflection, thought, and discussion about service-learning and community work from an asset based approach in order to challenge traditional development style projects
  • Develop clear outcomes for service-learning projects and means to evaluate the achievement of reaching those defined outcomes.
  • Establish methods to transition service-learning projects into self-sustaining, independent organizations or initiatives.

Click HERE for more details and to apply to HESI 418L.

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Fall 2017 Application

  • OPEN: September 11th at 8:00 a.m. through September 29th at 11:59 p.m.

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