GLASS, the Guyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester, partners Lesley University with an indigenous Guyanese NGO, Rupununi Learners, to foster “asset-based development” of both individuals and communities. Lesley contributes its assets: academic and technology skills; income that benefits village education. Villagers contribute their local and Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and provide an extraordinary travel experience. A social enterprise, GLASS seeks to innovate approaches to preserving both indigenous culture and the natural environment in which that culture is embedded. Villagers, faculty and students collaborate in reciprocal learning that highlights the complex connections between natural and human ecology.
Guyana, Lesley University, Study abroad, Community service, Service learning
Morimoto, David and Layton, Alice, "Guyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester Poster" (2013). Community of Scholars Day—Posters. 23.