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IPSL was the first national organization devoted solely to the union of academic study and volunteer community service. 

IPSL Institute for Global Learning


Founded in 1982, and originally known as "The Partnership for Service-Learning™", IPSL is an international educational organization serving international students, colleges, universities, service agencies, and related organizations, by fostering programs that link academic study with community volunteer service.


The Partnership for Service-Learning was the first national organization devoted solely to the union of academic study and volunteer community service (service-learning™) and the first to offer such programs overseas. In September 1982, forty educators and service agency professionals gathered at the Stony Point Conference Center in New York to consider the value of uniting service and learning and to discuss the possibility of cooperative structures. From that meeting, a task force was appointed to develop both the idea of service-learning and an appropriate organization for furthering service-learning opportunities. Howard A. Berry and Linda A. Chisholm, both of whom would go on to serve as the co-directors of the burgeoning organization, were appointed co-chairs of the task force to investigate this initial concept. The task force chose the name The Partnership for Service-Learning, and wrote a mission statement, which was ratified by a Board of Trustees in March 1985.


Berry was named first president of the Partnership and Chisholm executive vice-president. In 1996, the Partnership formally recognized the role it had assumed for its international work by changing its name to the International Partnership for Service-Learning™ and Leadership (IPSL).


Today, IPSL offers graduate programs in Community Organizing & Social Activism and in International Development & Service and numerous undergraduate study abroad + service-learning programs in nations across the globe—programs in which over 4,000 students from over 400 universities and colleges (from the US and abroad) have participated.



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