Amizade Co-Convenes the 7th Annual GSL Institute

by Daniel Alexander

Skaneateles, New York – Amizade is honored to report that the 7th Annual Global Service-Learning Institute last week was an outstanding success. In partnership with Cornell Engaged Learning + Research and New York Campus Compact, over 40 educators were convened from all over North America. Together, we built upon established institute strengths in global service-learning pedagogy and program development, integrated more explicit attention to best practices in community-based planning, considered fair trade learning and the DEAL Model, and imagined movement-building within global service-learning.

The institute this year was at a retreat setting on beautiful Skaneateles Lake. This enabled participants to build quick, strong bonds, and critically reflect on GSL best practices. It was a deeply collaborative institute, and participants not only had the opportunity to workshop their own future GSL programs, but also crowdsource ideas for what ideal programs might look like. At the end of the institute, participants presented on what they had learned, and how they might be able to improve GSL programming.

Stay tuned for announcements about possible future institutes.