University of Wisconsion - Eau Claire




English Language Club

30 hours

Community partner: Building Disciples
Supervisor: John Bogle
Beginning date:
Ending Date:

Service-Learning Proposal Description


Briefly describe the project and the community need to be addressed.

Answer We have a partnership with Campus Ukraine that builds bridges between American organizations and Ukrainian organizations committed to preparing university students to be more impactful in their world. University students in Ostroh and Rivne in Ukraine who are training to work in their government and consulates as well as at high levels in international business have need to learn conversational English and to understand American culture in order to prepare them for interactions in business and government affairs in their future careers. We partner with the universities to provide young adults and business professionals who will come and teach in college classrooms and in evening, week long English clubs. I am returning for a seventh time to continue expanding our impact on more students. The eventual goal is that teams will come to over 40 universities in Ukraine.


What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer The mission of Building Disciples is to take students from learning and understanding to wise application of knowledge through putting students in positions to influence and to teach their peers how to live out what they are learning in school. Our emphasis is on wisdom and application over book knowledge.


What skills are required for this project? 

Answer Anyone who has a working understanding of conversational English and has demonstrated a willingness to be an influential peer who can teach and model wise living and how to apply book knowledge to live life like it matters because it does.


What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer Students will be living in community with Ukrainian students for two weeks doing life together giving them opportunity to be immersed in practical use of English speaking and modeling wise living. We will be leading both formal and interpersonal times of learning focused on helping Ukrainian students understand how to conduct themselves in real business meetings, meals, and casual interactions with Americans. Our American team will be experts on culture and conversational English and will be working 8-12 hours each day living in almost constant interaction with hundreds of college students in a variety of settings from formal to casual.


What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer The student must be able to leave the United States on March 13 and remain with the team until our return on March 31. Housing, food, and transportation will be provided by our partner organizations (Campus Ukraine and the local universities). Students will be given some breaks throughout each day but can expect a rigorous and full day each day. Some sightseeing will be provided on the front and back ends to expose American team to the culture and environment of Ukraine.


Additional information (not required).

Answer I have led teams like this to six different countries and consider it an honor, a privilege and a responsibility to lead these teams. We take great care of our team members and our partners in Ukraine. This experience will exceed 30 hours.