The Global Impact Program is the virtual version of the ASH Global Service Program, where students collaborate with communities around the world and take action in support of one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This year, the programs were in Nepal (Nagarkot and Bardia) and Thailand and we operated on a virtual premise.
Every year, the programs start with an actionable question. Then, our students reflect and research possible outcomes and come up with tangible actions toward change-making. After the winter break, there is a shift into planning for the realization of their impact. Finally, they reflect on the partnership they established with local institutions. For example, incorporating technology into the English classrooms at the Unified Learning Center in Thailand.
“After participating one time, I co-led the program for the following 3 years (one of which being virtual) because I built relationships and developed so many amazing connections in my time there with students, teachers and the team that helps us on-ground. That is why, as part of my gap year before university, I decided to return to the Sanjiwani school. Early in the year, I got a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification so that I would feel more confident in my teaching ability. The community at the Sanjiwani school will always have a special place in my heart, and I hope to return again in the next few years. ” - Jessica, alum
“I love service opportunities and the Global Impact Program is a unique experience I had never had access to before. This year, I worked on incorporating technology into the English classrooms at the Unified Learning Center in Thailand. I love this program because along with helping the students, we create relationships and get to know people across the world. We learn about them and their lives, culture, and school creating a wonderful experience.” - Charlotte, student
“The programs are a great way for students to learn about a UN Sustainable Development Goals in a local context and liaise with people on the ground who are trying to make an impact in addressing this issue. In spite of the disappointment of not being able to travel to Nepal and Thailand, we definitely still helped our partners make progress towards their goals. In addition, programs like these allow for student leadership and problem-solving is an essential skill that participants learn to develop.” - Bart, Service Learning Coordinator