Humanitarian Leadership

Why This Class

As they’ve grown up in a modern and material-focused culture, your student may not have become aware of how life is different for those less fortunate—or of the opportunities that exist to serve them. Through hands-on service experience in another country, this course will open your student’s mind to that perspective.

Mentors in this course lead students on an expedition to a foreign country where they come face-to-face with some of the most significant human needs in the world today. Students see the world’s problems up-close-and-personal, gain an enhanced appreciation for their life circumstances, and are inspired to make a difference by contributing their time and energy. Before departing, students complete readings, discussions, and presentations that help prepare them physically, mentally, and emotionally for their international experience.

Students who complete this course return with renewed excitement and passion for serving the world in ways big and small. They permanently expand their perspective on the human condition and value what they have more than ever before.

Overarching Questions

How can I become a person of influence?

When does helping end up harming?

What resources to make an impact do I already have?

How do I enlist help from others?

Reading List

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood

Unselfish: Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Selfie by Paul Parkinson

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 11th (Junior) – 12th (Senior)

Prerequisites: Priority is given to students who have completed two leadership credits. Exceptions granted on a case-by-case basis.

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5

Format: Class sessions are live, and the expedition is in-person

Credits: 0.5