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In 1985, then-chaplain Stewart Jackson led the first service-learning January team to St. Petersburg, Florida, to volunteer and to learn about a community. Since then, teams have traveled to eleven countries spanning five continents, with as many as 100 students per year participating in local, national, and international projects in January.

One of the first service-learning January projectsThe themes of the Exploration Terms change as new faculty members partner with the Bunting Center and as students express new interests. For example, the Bunting Center organized a new Exploration Term to Ghana in 2012 in partnership with BSC’s education department. While in Ghana, students taught a variety of subjects at the Bakpa-Avedo School, a K-8 school in the Volta region of eastern Ghana. The Bunting Center also recently announced a new Exploration term project to study nonviolence in India.

Students have also contracted independent service experiences during January. For example, in January 2012, Katelin Adams and Virginia Ann Jordan traveled to Ecuador where they taught English and economics while volunteering at a sustainable farm.
One of the first service-learning January projects  


A student serves as a chronicler for each Exploration Term project, gathering reflections from students, maintaining a record of day-to-day activities and insights, and documenting experiences through photographs. As even a quick glance through the chronicle archive will show, January service-learning projects are defining learning experiences for BSC students.