Students at Mary Baldwin College can earn academic credit by volunteering overseas, either during May Term or for a summer, semester, or year, under the supervision of an MBC faculty member. Community service (particularly in a community unlike one’s own) is an excellent way to gain international experience, improve language skills, and develop cross-cultural competence. It helps students become more engaged global citizens and see how their actions can make a real difference in the world. Service learning links the student’s community service to an academic discipline and requires thoughtful and structured reflection of the experience.
Mary Baldwin students can organize weeks, summers, semesters, or years of service through outside providers such as Cross Cultural Solutions, the School for International Training, or VIDA Volunteers. MBC students have volunteered in India, Oman, El Salvador, Costa Rice, and other countries. To organize a service abroad experience, visit the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment with a study abroad advisor.