STUDY ABROAD

Typically, 80% of Bonners who study abroad also serve abroad because it enhances their experience, allows them to be an active member of the community, and provides money for travel.  Most importantly, serving abroad develops Bonners’ international perspective because they witness how social issues are addressed internationally.

Requirements

  • You have to find a new partner: remember exploration? Serving abroad is similar in many ways, but this time, you’ll only have the opportunity to explore one partner. In addition, you’ll need to do some networking and online research to find the best fit ahead of time.
  • Skype check-in with BSP staff: during the first month of your service, you’ll need to check-in with the Bonner Scholar coordinator, Blake, via Skype. This will provide you an opportunity to ask questions and express any concerns you have about your service.
  • Self-paced Cycles: when serving abroad, we offer students the flexibility to serve at their own pace. Students are still required to submit three hour logs in increments of 40 (or 50) hours (120 total hours in the fall, 130 total hours in the spring); however, they have freedom to determine how to best do so. In order to receive their stipends, students must submit the following items:
    • Self-paced Cycle 1: hour log (40 hours), student signature, site supervisor signature, draft-CLA, reflection, Skype session
    • Self-paced Cycle 2: hour log (40 hours), student signature, site supervisor signature, completed-CLA, reflection
    • Self-paced Cycle 3: hour log (40 hours in the fall, 50 hours in the spring), student signature, site supervisor signature, reflection

Deadlines

Fall

  1. November 7: Respond to the original email sent to you about serving abroad from the BSP coordinator, Blake , indicating where you’re going and whether or not you’ll be on leave.
  2. November 30: If you’ve chosen to do service abroad, set up a meeting (a phone conversation or a face-to-face meeting in the office) with the Bonner Scholar coordinator, Blake. We’ll talk about how to network and conduct online research to find a community partner while abroad.
  3. Before you start service: Either before or after you travel abroad, fill out the Bonner Service Abroad Application below to get your service partner approved.
  4. During your first cycle of service: set-up a Skype appointment with the BSP coordinator, Blake to reflect on your service experience.
  5. December 20: last day to submit hours.

Spring

  1. April 7: Respond to the original email sent to you about serving abroad from the BSP coordinator, Blake , indicating where you’re going and whether or not you’ll be on leave.
  2. April 30: If you’ve chosen to do service abroad, set up a meeting (a phone conversation or a face-to-face meeting in the office) with the Bonner Scholar coordinator, Blake. We’ll talk about how to network and conduct online research to find a suitable community partner while abroad.
  3. Before you start service: Either before or after you travel abroad, fill out the Bonner Service Abroad Application below to get your service partner approved.
  4. During your first cycle of service: set-up a Skype appointment with the BSP coordinator, Blake to reflect on your service experience.
  5. May 20: last day to submit hours.

Stipends

Once you have completed one cycle (i.e. 40 or 50 hours), please email the BSP coordinator to review your online records. Assuming your hour logs have been signed by your supervisor, your paperwork will be sent to accounts payable. Students must enrolled for academic credit at the University of Richmond to receive a stipend.

Online Enrichment

Online Enrichment opportunities are designed to aid students during the Fall and Spring semester while studying abroad. These opportunities are not intended for students doing local service.
  • Additional Reflection Opportunities: Use Blogger or Tumblr to capture weekly reflections about your service experience abroad (up to 13 hours per semester). Find out more about blogging tools here.
  • Richmond News Radio – Open Source RVA: Open Source is the anchor news talk program for Richmond Public Radio. It’s a one hour, live talk show that airs every Friday at 10am on WRIR. The broadcast analyzes regional news, politics and culture with in-studio guests and listener questions. Listen to the weekly podcast (http://richmondpublicradio.org/) of Open Source and reflect (via a blog, see above) about what you listened to and how it correlates to what you are learning while abroad (up to 19.5 hours per semester; 1 hour of listening and 1/2 hour of reflecting, up to 12 times a semester).

Resources for finding a Community Partner

Application

Found a partner you’d like to serve with? Fill out the Service Abroad Application.
    

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