Beyond Borders at SJU!
Beyond Borders is an academically centered international service-learning experience at St. Jerome’s University. The program consists of two terms of on-campus course work and a 90-day placement abroad. Beyond Borders is the capstone experience in international service learning that takes upper year students out of their comfort zone and into the world. Students can use their Beyond Borders international volunteer placement as a co-op work term or as their international experience for the Global Experience Certificate.
About Beyond Borders
Beyond Borders is more than an opportunity for students to learn, travel and volunteer. It is an international service learning experience that challenges students to be actively engaged in a project that will bring about a greater sense of awareness and understanding around other cultures, poverty, education; and the rights and freedoms of all people. SJU’s Beyond Borders placement partners have all been carefully selected by SJU staff for their commitment to the communities they serve, the opportunities they provide to our students and their eagerness to welcome SJU students into their family.
Students have the opportunity to earn up to three credits in the Beyond Borders program. There are two required seminar style classes at SJU prior to their international placement; RS 283 ‘Current Ethical Issues’ and RS 383 ‘Justice, Peace and Development. Students have the option to take a third directed readings course that will take theoretical issues from the class and put them to work in the global context.
All of the partners we work with in the Beyond Borders program are bilateral partners. SJU staff have carefully chosen our partners for the opportunities that they provide our students and for the work they do to improve their local communities. Faculty and staff work together to ensure students are placed with the best match for their interests, academic area of study and future goals. Our Beyond Borders partners work with health initiatives, child and youth programs, environmental projects, teaching, leadership and community development.
Student Outcomes and Commitment
Develop self-awareness and strengthen leadership skills
Build on knowledge of the causes of injustice, inequality, and suffering around the world
Examine the effects of globalization on the world’s oppressed peoples through topics such as gender, class, health, economy, policy, and power
Engage in academic debate and discussion
Participate in mandatory travel safety and pre-departure workshops
Acquire knowledge on fundraising for non-profit organizations
Students are responsible for three different costs associated with the Beyond Borders program.
Personal Contribution - $1500 (SJU students receive a $500 scholarship towards the cost of the Beyond Borders Personal Contribution)
Fundraising - $2500 to support the program
Immuziations - cost varies
“Before going on Beyond Borders, my heart was set on law school. It was my definite direction, but after Kenya, my whole perspective changed. I started looking into development work because that’s what makes me happy and what I enjoy doing. My last co-op was in New York City working for the Clinton Global Initiative, which is large-scale development work bringing together heads of state, CEOs and local NGOs to form partnerships. Beyond Borders and the work I had done through it is definitely the reason I got that very competitive co-op placement.”
Samantha Roblin, SJU Student, Beyond Borders 2010-2011
If you are interested in applying to the Beyond Borders program or have any questions please contact Elissa Cressman, Office 1006 Sweeney Hall, St. Jerome's University or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.