- BUILDING STRONG PARTNERSHIPS WITH FACULTY
Helping Academic Departments Achieve International Impact
"I am a faculty member who had the privilege of participating in this adventure. I have devoted my pursuits to researching the impacts service-learning experiences have on college students, and I have not found an experience to match that of the Fiji project. Too often service-learning is confounded with charity projects. The MAD Service-Learning project in Fiji accomplishes what most projects aspire- creating a truly reciprocal relationship between the students and villagers, such that both become service-learners. The Fiji project creates a unique setting where these lines are blurred and all collaborate on a multifaceted objective to simultaneously complete the concrete task and develop a shared understanding of unique cultures."
Dr. Steven Hart, California State University Fresno
"Students most memorable experiences do not come from the classroom. It is by serving others while exploring new and different cultures that students develop into the kind of people we want them to become. When they return their thinking is wiser, more compassionate, and more broadly informed."
Alan Strathman, Teaching Professor, University of Missouri
"A MADVenture is exactly the type of study abroad program we need more of. It combines service learning, cultural learning, respect for other people and adventurous travel in a most impressive package. As a professor of cross-cultural psychology, I have had the opportunity to watch a number of students take part in abroad programs. I put this one at the top of my list."
Dr. Robert Levine, California State University Fresno
“While in Fiji, Fresno State nursing students experienced the Fijian health care system firsthand, working in local hospitals and rural clinics. They became immersed in Fijian culture, tradition, and community through their service. The students also learned that helping others gave them a sense of purpose, compassion, and family.”
Paul Anderson, Coordinator of International Programming, Fresno State University