Rooted in the science of compassion, the Global Service Scholars program enables students to give, receive and learn in communities facing serious social and environmental challenges. Here are a few of their experiences, shared in their own words.

Filter student stories by field site: South Africa | Paraguay | Nepal | D.C. | Cambodia | Peru | Ghana | Thailand

The Lasting Effects of South Africa

Global Service Scholar: Jazzmyn Luna Country: South Africa My biggest takeaway from my experience as a Global Service Scholar would have to be a new definition of community.  Before going to South Africa, I believed community to be small clusters of people in which one shares distinctive commonalities. For example, I […]

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Paraguay, You are so Beautiful

Global Service Scholar: Erica Reyes Country: Paraguay Reflecting on my month stay in Paraguay is an emotional one, thinking back on all the amazing people and interactions we had. Getting to work with the students was an eye-opening experience because they never once complained about the work they had to do and […]

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Nepal means ‘Never End Peace and Love’

Global Service Scholar: Miah Sabas Country: Nepal What I’ve come to learn through this experience is that it is through sharing relentless peace and love with one another that we can heal together. Hearing the stories of the strong female leaders of the farm and living with them, I have […]

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Learning from One Another

Global Service Scholar: Uyen Mai Country: Nepal Nepal is a beautiful country, filled with vast scenic landscapes, vibrant colors, and a rich culture. The people I met have shown nothing but kindness and generosity, and have opened my eyes to the radically different lifestyle they lead compared to my life […]

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A Good Month in Cape Town

Global Service Scholar: Hy Duong Country: South Africa To be honest, I couldn’t really put into words what I’ve learned in the past month working and volunteering here in South Africa, specifically, Sakhulwazi. It’s nothing big or divine, or those fantastic shorts of lessons from movies. But, words just couldn’t really […]

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The Fiber in All of Us

Global Service Scholar: Daisy Licon Country: Paraguay My time spent in Paraguay went by far too quickly, likely because of working alongside the nonprofit Fundación Paraguaya and the other Global Service Scholars was a pleasure. In all those long days we spent waking up at 5:30 a.m. and finishing work at 7 […]

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Pain

Global Service Scholar: Helay Liang Country: South Africa I am a listener. I make an effort to listen to people whenever I can. I have a constant urge to lend an ear because people are not always heard. There are internal and external barriers that prevent people from openly expressing their […]

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A Second Fam(ily)

Global Service Scholar: Isabelle Lee Country: Nepal Looking back at my time in Nepal, it’s quite difficult to sum up in words and fully do justice in being able to describe my experience and the key takeaways this experience has provided me. But, what I can say is that Nepal […]

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Rohayhu Paraguay

Global Service Scholar: Evelyn Mendoza Country: Paraguay I will never be able to fully express my gratitude for being given the opportunity to be in this program, nor will I ever be able to fully express just how much of a positive impact this past month has had on me. Before the […]

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A New Perspective

Global Service Scholar: Christy Muok Country: South Africa Looking back on my time here in Cape Town, and within my internship site at The Zoe Project, I believe that my greatest objective was breaking through to the girls (13 to 15 years old) in the young mommy classes. The classes were […]

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A Beautiful Country with Beautiful People

Global Service Scholar: Nancy Rivas Country: Paraguay We constantly hear about poverty and the need for improvement within several education systems around the world. However, being able to see it and learn about it first hand has inspired me to learn more about other countries, and find ways to help others. Paraguay […]

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A Compassionate Community

Global Service Scholar: Camille Morfin Country: Nepal On a typical day here at the farm, work begins around 2 p.m. The sun is beaming, the trees are glistening, and all is quiet. My fellow scholars and I work outside in a large field filled with plants. Our task is to […]

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