Study Abroad in Gaborone: Community Involvement/Service Learning
For those interested in community involvement, the University and AIFS staff arrange for students to participate in a wide range of volunteer opportunities.
The volunteer program enables students to get to know many aspects of the society and community in which they live and to receive practical, hands-on training and work experience in one of a range of volunteer work placements. The volunteers will experience the real world through hands-on work and use this experience to explore major or career interests.
Volunteer work is offered to those who wish to take an active role in the local community. This is a great opportunity for students to gain the confidence and friendship of local people and to experience the heart and soul of the country.
- School Programs:
- Tutor students in English and work as teacher assistants in a primary or secondary school
- Offer arts and crafts in a primary or secondary school classroom
- Assist staff with sports activities
- Work on a volunteer building project to create new homes
- Serve as a guide in a local museum or zoo
- Visit the elderly in a retirement home
- Work in an AIDS prevention and care center
For students who volunteer three hours a week during the semester, the AIFS Resident Director and the Director of the International Office will provide a Certificate of Community Involvement and a recommendation, which students may use to request academic credit at their home institution.