Global Service Scholars leave for field study service trips

It's one thing to learn about compassion and altruism in the classroom. It's a completely different thing to live out that compassion and altruism by serving impoverished communities halfway around the world.

A group of 20 UC Irvine students -- and four UC Santa Barbara students -- are doing both, and this month are starting field study summer service programs in Peru, Thailand and Ghana. These Global Service Scholars are capping a 10-week academic course on empathy, compassion, altruism and service by tackling poverty problems and working at local nonprofits focused on human rights, conservation, women's empowerment, infrastructure, youth mentorship and healthcare in the far-off countries.

The one-year Global Service Scholars program is in its first year and is a a collaboration between the School of Social Ecology, UCI Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation and the Living Peace Foundation. It offers students an opportunity to make a difference in the world while cultivating empathy and compassion.

Meet the scholars: