Exciting news! Faculty leader Kim Burton has brought national attention to service learning in developing countries through an article published in the March 2015 issue of The American Planning Association’s Planning magazine.
“Last spring, I traveled to Ghana in West Africa with a group of Ohio State students for a service
learning trip. From this and previous trips around the world, I have reached the opinion
that people from developed countries should travel to a developing country at least once. The
experience offers such a wonderful, meaningful perspective of our own way of life.
Planners can especially benefit. Working in a developing country offers us a chance to see
what planning can be at the root level—from housing and development patterns to water and
transportation. Without the preset development standards and conditions we have in the U.S.,
we could truly ask ourselves as planners: What should be here
if we were starting from scratch? The transportation systems in
Ghana can help illustrate this point. . .” Read more