Since 2008, the McCarthy Center has offered a global service-learning program in partnership with the Sarlo Foundation and the Foundation for Sustainable Development.
The Sarlo Scholars program includes:
- A preparatory course in the spring semester
- A ten-week sustainable development internship abroad through the summer
- An intensive reflection and research-focused course in the fall
The program sends up to fifteen students each year to Bolivia, Uganda or India, to live with host families and intern at grassroots organizations addressing one or more of the following issues: education, health care, women’s rights, environmental preservation, community empowerment, and human rights.
To ensure academic rigor, the courses that bookend the program are taught collaboratively by USF faculty, McCarthy Center staff, FSD, and community partners with expertise in the host countries and/or sustainable development work. Sarlo Scholars earn ten credits for completing this program, which provides every participant with a transformative experience designed to clarify personal values, enhance professional skills, foster cultural competence, and promote civic engagement.
Full funding is provided by the Sarlo Foundation and the McCarthy Center to cover air travel, internship program fees through FSD, and USF Summer course credits so all students can participate regardless of their financial situation.
Through the Sarlo Scholars program, students gain the global perspective on citizenship necessary to make positive social change in a world of interconnected political and economic systems and interdependent societies.
For more information, please contact Andrea Wise at (415) 422-5205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.