Explore the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in context while making valuable contributions to global NGOs through virtual collaborative projects.
With the move to online instruction and disruption to travel-based courses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, students are turning to technology-supported platforms for international experiences. At the same time, global NGOs are struggling to support their most vulnerable communities and ecosystems, seeking new partnerships and growth possibilities. Through the University at Buffalo Experiential Learning Network (ELN), we are connecting these two areas of opportunity- global experiences and NGO partnerships, through collaborative virtual projects.
We invite students of all backgrounds and areas of study to participate in this innovative model for global engagement through exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contextualizing their learning via projects featuring global NGO partners. Students can work with our featured partners or forge new connections with global NGOs.
All projects will begin with preparation focusing on the SDGs and related innovations, and include formalized projects that make a contribution to a specific community, program or population. Through these collaborative projects, students will gain important experiences and perspective as they work to contextualize SDGs within specific cultures, communities, and context while adding value through their efforts.
Students will collaborate with partner liaisons on customized projects that support organizational or community needs and priorities. Projects may include digital storytelling, research, marketing, or other types of activities that help build capacity for organizational impacts while also aligning with students' goals and interests.
Projects include global community-based organizations and NGO's. See individual project profiles for featured partners.