The service learning component of the Kansas Asia Scholars program is intended to share the benefits of this grant-funded program with a community beyond the university. All Kansas Asia Scholars are required to spend at least 20 hours total on a service learning project. The projects vary and are tailored to the interests and career goals of individual Scholars.
We encourage the Kansas Asia Scholars to be creative in developing service learning projects and to connect the theme of the project to personal, academic, or professional goals. This is as an opportunity to "teach" an audience about an aspect of China that the Scholar finds exciting and important. Some Scholars give presentations in local schools or afterschool programs. Others design web pages or use other media to teach elementary and secondary schoolchildren about China. The process of developing a service learning project is intended to help each Scholar clarify his or her own understanding of China as well as to contribute to education for the 21st century in the K-12 classroom and and/or afterschool programs.
For an example of past KAS service learning projects see: