Community engagement at the Umbra Institute has evolved into the guiding principle behind all academic initiatives including internships, co-curricular activities, Co-Ops, and more. As a student, you learn beyond the classroom through dialogue and action alongside Umbra’s community partners – nonprofit organizations, government offices, cultural institutions, artisan companies, and schools. Both you and local partners take away a heightened sense of intercultural awareness and sensitivity as well as a comparative, global perspective of your home communities.
Each semester, Umbra students discover that giving back to the host community is one of the most rewarding outcomes of their time abroad! Past students have taught Italian high school students the English language, created ragdolls to raise money for lifesaving children’s vaccine kits, informed the public about Fair Trade, investigated international marketing strategies to sustain Umbrian artisan companies, and designed museum guides for international visitors. The real and visible impact of these endeavors- language acquisition, new friendships, and intercultural exchange- lead to personally defining experiences.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
You have many choices at Umbra. Based on your academic and personal interests, you may decide on an academic internship with a career-centered focus, community-based research in psychology, a service learning project assigned in an elective course, an independent study or research project, or a cooperative education opportunity. Or, you can dedicate a few hours every week to a volunteer activity.
During the application process, you will indicate the community engagement course(s) you wish to enroll in. Once Orientation Week in Perugia begins, you will attend the Community Engagement Information Session. This session is an overview of the semester’s community engagement offerings. It will include information about when the opportunities begin, how to register, and provides you time to ask general questions.
If you would like to discuss specific academic requirements or interests please send one email to the Co-Coordinators of Community Engagement: Julie Falk email@example.com and Mauro Renna firstname.lastname@example.org
TYPES OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AT UMBRA
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