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2012.06.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Shane Pekny - International Studies & Programs
phone: 402.554.2376 - email: spekny@unomaha.edu

UNO International Students Serve Community Organizations

Omaha - International students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) contributed more than 1,700 hours of service to organizations throughout the metro area in the past academic year. More than 80 students participated in a range of service-learning activities, assisting local nonprofits while applying language and academic skills to real-world challenges.

“Engaging the community is important to UNO and our international students,” said Merry Ellen Turner, director of International Programs. “Service allows them to learn more about the U.S. culture of philanthropy, to teach local schoolchildren and others about distant cultures, and to help meet critical community needs.”

Dozens of local organizations enlisted the help of international student volunteers during the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. Nonprofits such as the Open Door Mission, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha and the Omaha Community Playhouse have welcomed international volunteers for years. Other students served at after-school programs or gave cultural presentations in classrooms.

In February, students helped organize Girl Scout World Thinking Day, giving area Girl Scouts a tour of the world right on UNO’s campus. In March, they helped organize UNO’s Model United Nations, where local high school students learned about international relations through mock debates.

Many international students also participated in UNO’s Three Days of Service last October and the 10th Annual Seven Days of Service during spring break in March.

Last academic year, UNO welcomed almost 1,600 international students from more than 120 countries. Schools or community organizations that would like to request help from international student volunteers should contact International Studies & Programs, 402.554.2376.

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