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Service-Learning

Overview:

The following programs were formerly housed in the EED and are now supported by the College of Engineering. They are designed to introduce students to the practical application of their engineering skills in service projects to

1. India--where students work in Agra, Jaipur, and Delhi.

2. Honduras--where students work in an orphanage in Montana de Luz OR a vocational school in Choluteca.

Each of these three programs requires students to enroll in a three credit hour sequence of ENGR 4692.01S and corresponding study abroad program.

Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeyelink. For more information about the application process please click herePlease note that upon application a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline. Passports are required for all programs. 

Agra, Jaipur, and Delhi, India

The Ohio State India Engineering and Education Service-Learning Experience is designed to introduce students to the history, culture, and society of India. The 11 day program (including travel days) includes:

  • Field trips to sites of historical and cultural importance
  • A tour of the hospital and fabrication facility of Jaipur Foot
  • A volunteer opportunity with the Orphanage at the Delhi Council for Child Welfare

Visit the OIA website for the India program for more information.

Honduras

The Honduras program was initiated in 2005 through the efforts of a student organization Engineers for Community Service (ECOS). The Honduras engineering service-learning program is now an academic program offered by the College of Engineering in conjunction with the Office of International Affairs (OIA). In 2011 the Choluteca project was added to the program. This program is designed to introduce and teach students the concepts of humanitarian engineering through a practical, real-world service-learning experience. Students will collaborate with an established in-country partner to bring useful, sustainable technologies to the people of Honduras. The program consists of a semester-long course, during which students will assess needs, and then design, develop, prototype, test and document their projects. During an in-country trip, the students will implement and evaluate these projects. Students have an option of working in Montana de Luz OR Choluteca. 

 

Montana de Luz

 

Since 2005, the College of Engineering has been sending participants to Honduras to offer technological assistance to an orphanage in Montaña de Luz. Through this trip, students will

  • Gain experience in cultural awareness, problem solving, and international service learning
  • Learn first-hand how life in the developing country of Honduras differs from our own
  • Devise sustainable solutions to problems with the unique aspects presented by local conditions

You can check out these two posters from the Denman Research Forum showing work done by past participants during their trip and then used in research projects presented at the forum.

Click on the link below to see a video of Sarah Watzman on her trip to Montaña de Luz.

http://youtu.be/S6uQsf1gZ1Q

Visit the OIA website for Montana de Luz for more information.

Choluteca

The Choluteca, Honduras, engineering service-learning program is designed to introduce and teach upper-level students the concepts of humanitarian engineering by utilizing a practical, real-world service-learning experience. The entire program spans over the spring semester and the following May session. During the spring semester (course ENGR 4692.01S, three credit-hours), students will collaborate with an established in-country partner to bring useful, sustainable technologies to the people of Honduras. The students will assess needs, and then research, design, develop, prototype, test, and document various projects. During a two-week in-country trip in the May session (course ENGR 4194, three credit-hours), the students will implement and evaluate these projects.

The students will have the opportunity to learn about the history, culture, politics, health issues, socioeconomics and specific needs of Honduras and its people. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their needs assessment, research and development, problem-solving, project management, time management, communications and teaming skills in a real-world international service-learning environment. In the program, students will be exposed to, and will work in a multidisciplinary environment and will gain hands-on experience as they prototype, implement and test their technologies. Project/technology sustainability and local ownership and partnering will be emphasized

Examples of past projects include:

  • An aquaponics system that produces both fish and vegetables for the community
  • Several renewable electric energy systems – solar and wind – for off-grid power and light
  • Components to a typical Honduran family home, most notably, a safer, efficient and more environmentally friendly cooking family cooking stove.

Visit the OIA website for Choluteca for more information on this program.

Further Information

The Office of International Affairs has more in-depth information about these programs. Please also check the ECOS website for the Honduras programs' reports from past years and the Office of International Affairs website for application materials and a listing of similar programs.

 

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Dr. David Tomasko, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, and Leslie Callihan, the Study Abroad Coordinator.

Leslie Callihan
Study Abroad Coordinator
Office of International Affairs
Oxley Hall