Community Involvement and Benefits From an International Service Learning Program Service learning (SL) is a form of experiential learning in which students are involved in community service activities that are related to academic course objectives. A key aspect that separates SL from other forms of experiential learning is the mutually beneficial nature of the service activities. Much of the SL ... Article
Article  |   August 07, 2017
Community Involvement and Benefits From an International Service Learning Program
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lata A. Krishnan
    Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Christi Masters
    Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Jennifer M. Simpson
    Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Disclosures
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  • Financial: This work was subsidized by Purdue University Study Abroad and International Learning (SAIL) grants and student and faculty Service Learning grants each year of the program.
    Financial: This work was subsidized by Purdue University Study Abroad and International Learning (SAIL) grants and student and faculty Service Learning grants each year of the program.×
  • Nonfinancial: Portions of this paper were previously presented at the 2015 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
    Nonfinancial: Portions of this paper were previously presented at the 2015 Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.×
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Hearing Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Part 1
Article   |   August 07, 2017
Community Involvement and Benefits From an International Service Learning Program
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2017, Vol. 2, 5-12. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG7.5
History: Received October 29, 2016 , Revised June 1, 2017 , Accepted July 7, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2017, Vol. 2, 5-12. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG7.5
History: Received October 29, 2016; Revised June 1, 2017; Accepted July 7, 2017

Service learning (SL) is a form of experiential learning in which students are involved in community service activities that are related to academic course objectives. A key aspect that separates SL from other forms of experiential learning is the mutually beneficial nature of the service activities. Much of the SL and international SL (ISL) literature has focused on positive learning outcomes for students, with much less focus on the benefits of SL to the community. Speech, Language, and Hearing Services (SLHS) in Zambia is an intensive SL short-term study abroad program. This paper describes the benefits to the community via the SLHS in Zambia program.

Acknowledgements
This work was subsidized by Purdue University Study Abroad and International Learning (SAIL) grants and student and faculty Service Learning grants each year of the program. Sincere thanks to Alfred Mwamba and Chisomo Selemani for introducing us to all our community partners, Julie Renshaw, E3 Gordon Stowe, Indianapolis for donating supplies and loaner equipment each year; Christine Finney, Evans, Piggott and Finney Eye Care for the training and supplies for vision screenings in 2016; to all our amazing community partners in Zambia; to the families and children that we worked with; and to the Purdue University and UNZA students who participated in the program each year.
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