Interdisciplinary Community Service Learning
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Interdisciplinary Community Service Learning

COVID-19 needs to be addressed

This was an interdisciplinary and international community service learning experience, that included both local and global service learning projects:

Local (in Amsterdam/Netherlands)
– Strategies to avert loneliness among Young people in the Amsterdam Niewe-West Community
– Share coping strategies for individuals in substance use recovery during COVID-19 pandemic
– Understanding how religious faith can help in coping during COVID-19

Global
– Ways to reduce anxiety and fear of COVID-19 in Jakarta, Indonesia
– Ways to fight disinformation and its spread during COVID-19 pandemic
– Finding alternate sources of revenue for young graduates whose job prospects were affected because of the pandemic in Switzerland
– Understanding the disproportional impact of COVID-19 on Women in Philippines

Country: Netherlands

Year: 2020-2021

Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

# of students: 25

Person in charge: Prof. Dr. Marjolein Zweekhorst

Email: icsl.beta@vu.nl

Interaction with beneficiaries: Virtual

Academic Degree: Master

Discipline(s): Open to different disciplines | Medicine and health | Sociology

Community Service Area & ODS: Good health and well-being | Reducing inequalities | Partnership for the goals

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Brief description

The interdisciplinary and international service-learning experience include 25 students from 10 countries, 6 Universities and 13 different Master programs.

All students have their own service-learning engagement on the topic of COVID-19 in their local community in the form of their Masters internship/research.

This experience brought students engaged in COVID-19 research together to share interdisciplinary and cross-cultural insights with each other, collaborate on a joint research topic where their individual insights can be brought together, connect with local and global social partners and consult the value of global and interdisciplinary knowledge that can be of use in their context, and develop recommendations enriched by the interdisciplinary and international insights that can be used by social partners. While the social partners for each student internship varied, VoorUit (Amsterdam, Netherlands) acted as the social partner for the joint research experience for the student groups.