Badger Students on Service-learning Program in China

A group of UW–Madison students, shown here in Beijing, is in China this summer on a new hybrid study abroad/service-learning program, “China: History and Modern Development of Environmental Health.” The program includes a faculty-led historical and envi

ronmental study trip through China, followed by an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty embarking on a service-learning field project focused on sustainable development and global health issues in Sichuan Province.

This new service-learning program is the result of nearly a year of work within the Division of International Studies, developing programming, partnerships, and funding.

This photo was provided by Steven Olikara, center. Olikara, a political science and environmental studies major from Brookfield, Wisconsin, worked on development of this program in the Division’s International Internship Program, which was created with support through the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates.

Olikara says: “Developing such a program speaks to the UW’s unique entrepreneurial opportunities that promote innovation, service opportunities that highlight the Wisconsin Idea, and leadership opportunities that define the Wisconsin Experience for our students.”