Abstract

This study was designed to understand the experience of being a service study abroad student. It examined feelings, perceptions and attitudes that developed as students from Brigham Young University participated in a service-centered study abroad program to Guadalajara, Mexico. The study enumerates participants' initial, developing, and final impressions during service study abroad and shows that students go through an extensive process of discovering, reformulating, and solidifying their attitudes and perceptions as they interpret their experiences. The study examined factors related to language and culture, but focused on the service component of the program. It found that service study abroad participants feel their experience is more successful when they perceive that the service they render is needed, service assignments align with personal interests, duties are clearly outlined, and meaningful responsibilities are assigned.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; Spanish and Portuguese

Rights

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Date Submitted

2007-08-06

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd2063

Keywords

service-learning, service, study abroad, experience, attitudes, perceptions, impressions, qualitative

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