Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Teaching and Learning


Curriculum and Instruction

Committee Director

Shana Pribesh

Committee Member

Linda Bol

Committee Member

Daniel Dickerson


Past research has demonstrated consequences of service-learning and impacts of service-learning experiences on students and community members in domestic and international settings. Researchers have this topic in developing countries; however, few have studied international students' perspectives on doing service-learning in a developed country. This qualitative study aims to determine how students recognize their lives, and lives of community members in need are impacted as a result of their Amizade Global Service-Learning program in the United States. The investigation employs Cone and Harris' (1996) conceptual framework of service-learning to examine interpersonal, sociocultural, and psychological components of the experience. Data were collected using three focus groups and two individual interviews with students, three interviews with adult youth workers, and three audio recorded reflection sessions. Participants included two separate groups from Ireland who did service-learning in the United States. Results indicated international service-learning in the United States positively influenced students' relationship development, leadership, behavior, and tolerance. Students also dispelled stereotypes and subsequently partook in and planned future altruistic endeavors.