One of our goals for students’ time in London is the development of their global citizenship – being aware of how the world is connected, how it affects individuals, and how they influence it. A core part of our programming revolves around civic engagement: While our study abroad students may not be a legal citizen of the UK, they are residents of London while studying with us – and that means London is their community, and they have a role in its policies and practices.
Spending times with volunteering opportunities and sustainable initiatives is a great way to live London locally. London is really just a network of villages – each with its own ecosystem. Volunteering within these communities offers the chance to connect with locals and see a side to the city people may not otherwise be exposed to.
For Fall 2018 students:
Two pillars of global citizenship are people and planet, concerned with how our actions impact society and the environment in both positive and negative ways. During your time at Syracuse London, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in intentional action and reflection around these themes.
Independently, you can participate in our London Passport program – a physical representation of your global citizenship! With the group, there a few service learning events you can be part of this semester.
On Saturday 15 September, join millions of people all over the world in the International Coastal Cleanup. The Thames River is the heart of London and will be a key actor in your time abroad. Sadly, human-created pollution from local residents – and communities and corporations upstream – is a serious problem that contaminates our ocean and plays a role in species extinction. During the International Coastal Cleanup, volunteers track and remove rubbish from beaches. The database built from this collective action has led to anti-smoking rules on beaches, the plastic straw ban, and other beneficial policies. Come hang out with friends for a few hours and see what treasures you can find! Prizes will be given for the weirdest pieces of trash found…
And on Thursday 27 November, make Thanksgiving meaningful. We’ll be cooking together at our local Ronald McDonald House, a charity providing free accommodation to families whose children are in the hospital. You’ll have the chance to learn more about the British healthcare system, speak with people from around the UK, and cook lots of potatoes with your mates!
Please note: The short-term study visa that most Syracuse London students are on during their time at Faraday House requires that students do not take employment in the UK. This includes paid or unpaid regular, formally scheduled work. One-off volunteering events and civic engagement are permitted (and encouraged)