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Service Learning (SLS 2940)
1 credit hour

  •  March 14, 2023 - March 22, 2024
Estimated Fees
Program Fee:
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Before reviewing this page or applying to this program, read the entire COVID-19 Statement.  If you have questions, please contact SAGE.  All information is subject to change.  Prices are an estimate only until flights are booked and could fluctuate.

Program Overview

Holistic Community Wellness: How do you create and sustain healthy, vibrant communities that prepare their citizens for the future while preserving, enriching, and celebrating their history and culture? This program will encourage students to explore the answer to this important question through the lens of holistic community wellness. We will focus on the pillars of housing, education, jobs, health, and safety.

Locally, students will explore the rich heritage of the Historic Parramore community within the context of the ever-changing landscape of Downtown Orlando. What is the heritage of the peoples and places rooted in Historic Parramore neighborhoods? What challenges do they face as the environment in which they exist continues to experience development and change? How do we listen with compassion and understanding to the community voice? How can we positively and responsibly contribute to revitalization and the improvement of community health? A visit to the Wells’Built Museum and authentic engagement with community partners will help us to explore these topics.

To further broaden perspective, students will travel to the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique in the Caribbean. We will learn about their unique efforts to sustain their way of life in the face of economic and environmental challenges and political changes. On mainland Grenada, we will survey and observe sites such as the Victoria Nutmeg Museum, Grand Etang Lake & Rainforest, Annandale Falls, and St. George’s University Medical School. In Carriacou, we will experience the unique culture and traditions of the ancestors like ‘Big Drum’ dancing. We will visit the Carriacou Museum with historical artifacts from native inhabitants the Cibony, Arawaks, and Carib Indians. We will visit a desalination plant, High North the island’s highest peak, mangroves, and beach turtles. A stone’s throw across from Carriacou is Petite Martinique. We will view a hidden gem of the island, Darant Bay Cave. Mindful of our own footprint, we will do beach cleanups as we swim in the beautiful blue waters of Grenada’s Grand Anse beach and Paradise Beach on Carriacou.

You will complete 20 hours of service in this course. May this experience help you to cultivate compassion, shared understanding, and a deepened awareness of what communities need not just to survive but to thrive! May you be inspired to become an advocate for holistic community wellness and be determined to contribute in responsible, positive ways to the vitality of our local and global communities. 

Service Learning Project:

We will volunteer with community organizations, locally and globally, that address the needs of the community related to housing, education, jobs, health, and safety. You will have an opportunity to participate in a broad variety of exciting, educational, and fun service experiences.

At home and abroad, we will have an opportunity to learn about urban farming, cultivating kitchen gardens, and how these can help to address food insecurity and hunger in the community. We will participate in the planting, reaping, and cleaning of produce and learn about increasing education and access to locally grown and nutritious food sources. We will also learn about the importance of the “farm-to-table” experience, and how to encourage healthy eating in our homes and communities.

As part of our service, we will also provide needed support to some of the most vulnerable populations in our communities. We will volunteer with community organizations locally that support youths and provide access to safe recreation and education. We will also provide an invaluable service of just spending time with the elderly by engaging in music-centered activities at a senior home in Carriacou. 

In an effort to contribute to a clean, safe, and healthy community we will participate in a variety of community clean-up and conservation efforts. We will work with community partners in Historic Parramore to organize a street clean-up event. We will learn about conservation efforts to sustain Grenada’s Marine Ecosystem and participate in beach clean-up activities. On the sister isle, Carriacou, the focus on preserving the country’s ecosystem and biodiversity conservation will continue as we go to High North National Park to plant Keystone Tree saplings and install birdhouses in the forest. We will also visit the Petite Carenage Mangrove Restoration and Lilet Bird Sanctuary Wetland. Here we will plant Mangrove seeds and enjoy bird watching. During our daytrip to the other sister isle, Petite Martinique, we will participate in beach cleanup to help maintain the beautiful seaside. 

Course Description

SERVICE LEARNING Prerequisite: Minimum 2.0 institutional or overall GPA; or department approval This course gives the student the opportunity to grow academically, pre-professionally, personally and civically through participation in a service-learning experience. Students meet real needs in the community by applying knowledge from their courses. Students complete 20 hours of service per credit, complete written reflections, and meet regularly with assigned faculty member. Multiple credit course. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits, but grade forgiveness cannot be applied


Applications Closed

Spring Application & Payment Deadlines

  •   August 2023 - Application Opens
  •   10/20/2023 - Application Closes
  •   10/20/2023 - Application Payment Deadline
  •  10/27/2023 - Passport Deadline & Orientation
  •  11/17/2023 - Deposit Payment Deadline
  •  12/01/2023 - Final Payment Due

Contact us

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 4:30pm (Virtual appointments only)
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Things to Consider Before You Apply


  • Familiarize yourself with Grenada's travel outlook, including COVID-19 entry restrictions and levels.  Please visit the Department of State by clicking here and the CDC by clicking here to see more information.
  • This program is open to students in good standing only. Please see GPA requirements.
  • This program has prerequisites required of a minimum 2.0 institutional or overall GPA; or department approval.
  • Students are expected to attend all face-to-face pre-departure and re-entry meetings.
  • Students should expect to walk at least 10 miles per day, sometimes on uneven surfaces. Bring comfortable walking shoes.
  • Students will be traveling in the country via airplane, train, or bus. Packing light will be critical since the group will be moving around to different cities during the program. Be prepared to transport your personal belongings during those transitions.
  • If a student has dietary restrictions, he/she should be prepared with extra money for meals and snacks. Dietary needs will be communicated beforehand but alternate meals may not be available due to travel arrangements, and students should plan accordingly.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be included in the price. All souvenirs/shopping, snacks, meals desired beyond those provided, and structured free time activities will be the responsibility of the student.
  • Students must acquire passports. Passport fees, course tuition, and course materials are not included in the price.
  • Students can expect to share room accommodations with students of the same gender with en-suite bathrooms shared.
  • During free time, students must always be in a group of three or more for safety reasons.
  • Students are not allowed to drink alcohol per SAGE and Student Development rules.
  • It is important to understand that students will be acting as cultural ambassadors from the U.S. and representing Valencia positively to our

    foreign hosts.  Students will be expected to follow the Valencia Student Code of Conduct.

Program Eligibility

  • Be 18-years-old by time of travel.
  • Have an Institutional GPA of 2.5 at time of application.
  • Meet course requirements, including prerequisites if applicable.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be a degree-seeking student with Valencia College.
  • Completed one semester within last year.
  • Completed 12 college-level credits by time of travel.
  • Have not received a SAGE scholarship in the current academic year.

Course Prerequisites

  • 2.0 GPA
  • Cannot exceed the maximum of 4 credits for SLS 2940 allowed by the college.

Funding Information

This program will receive partial funding by Valencia's Student Development Office, the Valencia Foundation, and the SAGE Office. These departments will be contributing a percentage towards the cost of participation. Funding is limited to a set number of students per program.

Eligible students can use their financial aid to cover part or all of the final payment and/or additional program costs (airfare, accommodations, meals, etc.) as long as the course satisfies your degree requirements. Complete a MY EDUCATION PLAN or meet with an Academic Advisor for details. It is important that this course count towards your degree or certificate program; otherwise, your financial aid payment may be reduced.


Program Fee Includes

  •  Roundtrip Airfare
  •  Daily Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  •  8 nights Accommodations
  •  Cultural and Professional Visits
  •  Service Learning Visits
  •  All Ground Transportation
  •  On-site Director and support
  •  Medical and Travel Insurance

Program Fee Does Not Include

  •  Snacks
  •  Additional Meals not covered by the program
  •  Course Tuition and Fees
  •  Airport Departure Fees and Taxes
  •  Luggage Transport/Storage Fees
  •  Passport Fees
  •  Visa (not required for U.S. Citizens)
  •  Immunizations
  •  Spending Money
  •  Tips
  •  Free time activities

Important Information

Class Meetings

Pre-departure Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •   Orientation TBD
  • TBD
  •  Meeting #1: 01/19/2024
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Downtown Campus
  •  Meeting #2: 02/02/2024
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Downtown Campus
  •  Meeting #3: 02/02/2024
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Downtown Campus
  •  Pre-Departure Service Activity: TBD by Students
    Parramore/Downtown Orlando
  •  Meeting #4: 03/08/2024
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Downtown Campus
Re-Entry Meetings

All Meetings are required

  •  Re-Entry Meeting #1: 03/29/2024
     9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Downtown Campus
  •  Re-Entry Meeting #2: 04/12/2024
     9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Downtown Campus

Please note that the program may be altered or cancelled at any time at the discretion of Valencia College, and, in many circumstances, airfare or other transportation costs incurred by the student may not be refundable. Dates and prices are subject to change without notice before the application deadline.