WATCH: Northern Ireland Service Learning Trip Much More Than Travel


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Each year, Wheelock students travel to Northern Ireland to work in and learn about a peace-building program designed to help preschoolers deal with the emotional fallout from years of violence in that nation.  “Having a travel experience that is linked to service learning and course work creates a kind of profound learning opportunity that doesn’t happen just traveling,” says Diane Levin, Wheelock Professor of Early Childhood Education. Says Wheelock student Katrin Reeder, “We had learned about [conflicts in Northern Ireland] but it wasn’t until we actually to see it ourselves how much this conflict affected the children. We realized how big an issue it was and how much they needed this help.” Levin says her students are able to really engage with children in the classrooms and develop skills they can take back to their own classrooms. Wheelock student Erin Forgay says the trip has already changed the way she interacts with her students back in Boston: “If you take the time and show kids how to properly master a skill, they can do it themselves. This course really helped delve into those issues.”

Service Learning and Study Abroad Programs at Wheelock

Service learning and exposure to a variety of cultures is an integral part of a Wheelock education, beginning right from our students’ first year on campus. The College is proud to offer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a variety of service learning opportunities, ranging from working in urban Boston classrooms through the Jumpstart program to traveling within the United States and around the world to practice community building in the context of a different culture.

Wheelock students are also encouraged to enhance their educational experience by studying abroad for a semester or during the summer break. Our counselors work closely with students to find study abroad opportunities that fit their interests, their pocketbook, and their academic schedule.

Learn more about service learning and study abroad programs at Wheelock College.