Thank you for considering a guest post. Our contributors are academics and practitioners, community organizers and community members, global service-learning skeptics and supporters. Together, we are working toward careful and conscientious global partnerships that advance human rights and ecological sustainability.
We define global service-learning as a community-driven service experience that employs structured, critically reflective practice to better understand common human dignity; self; culture; positionality; socio-economic, political, and environmental issues; power relations; and social responsibility, all in global contexts. Global service-learning may occur in any country, including participants’ home countries.
This field is large and diverse and coming from many different disciplinary spaces. The site serves as a space in which to invite people outside one’s home discipline into conversation about issues that matter to all of us. The blog posts are invitations to deeper dialogue and field building.
We typically request 1,000 – 2,000 words and many contributors have managed to get in that neighborhood, but some find brevity impossible. Either way, we can work with it. Especially long posts are split up over multiple entries. So, to give two examples,
- Julia Lang shared her master’s thesis in one of our most-read posts and managed to get into the 1,000 word neighborhood (somewhat longer). Alternatively,
- Rich Slimbach shared an excellent extended reflection on the relationship between faith and service-learning as part of a series we did on the topic, but we had to break his reflection into three entries, as it was just that long.
Our readers are interested in and involved with this growing field. They are researchers and practitioners, faculty, staff, students, community members and nonprofit partners. We see an average of 100 visits a day, and that’s growing. It’s become our practice to include citations in text and at the end of posts (APA format) as many of our readers are quite interested in sources. Thank you very much for considering a post to share with the site and community. To propose a post or submit a draft, email your idea to buildingbetterworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Please include a 3 – 4 sentence bio.