International Students - Student Involvement
In collaboration with the Center for Community-Based Learning through the Community Engagement Enhancement Program, the UNF International Center hosts 1-3 volunteer trips per semester. The goal is to connect international students to the larger Jacksonville community. Preconceived notions cause students to be unaware of many diverse and complex issues that impact the United States. Through volunteer service at local organizations like Feeding Northeast Florida, the Jacksonville Humane Society, and Nassau County Animal Services, international students learn about issues like food deserts, food insecurity, hunger, and animal welfare and adoption. These transformational learning experiences alter perspectives, serve the community, and facilitate meaningful connections.
Transportation, water, snacks, and t-shirts are provided for students who participate. The volunteer trips are announced via email each semester, and the sign-up is online. Spots are limited, so be sure to check your email and sign up quickly.
See feedback from past participants below:
"I feel really proud of myself when I notice what my group and I did to make such a large contribution to helping people. Even such simple work could change our community."
"It was such a fulfilling experience to support the work of the Jacksonville Humane Society and have the opportunity to give and receive love from the resident dogs and cats. After a day like that, one walks home with a sense of fulfillment and a restored notion of human kindness."
"[Through volunteering at Feeding Northeast Florida] I learned that food insecurity and food deserts exist in the United States. Previously it was a problem that I would rather associate with third-world countries, so it was quite a shock to learn of the extent of such problems."