Counting Hours: Finding Honest Approaches to Service Learning

Taking action for the benefit of others by giving our time, talent, or treasure is among the most laudable expressions of human society. However, all too often the work performed under the guise of service takes place without the input of the larger community that is ostensibly being served.

This summit takes a fresh look at service learning and altruism, seeking to empower participants to move beyond ‘counting hours’ and learn to find meaningful and ethical opportunities to serve others.

Drawing on what we learned from interviews with experts in the field, we work in small intercultural teams to design service projects that result in responsible engagements with our communities, both local and global.

Summit Schedule

Friday, February 19th, 2022

6:00PM to 6:15 PM (ET)

Introductions and Summit Overview

6:15PM to 6:45PM (ET)

Opening Keynote

6:45PM to 7:00PM (ET)

Closing and Preparations

Saturday, February 20th, 2022

11:00AM to 11:30 AM (ET)

Team Introductions: Assembling for Collaborative Work

11:30AM to 12:00PM (ET)

Meaning-Building Activity

12:00PM to 12:20PM (ET)


12:20PM to 12:50PM (ET)

Speaker Rotations A

12:50PM to 1:20PM (ET)

Speaker Rotations B

1:20PM to 1:30 PM (ET)


1:30PM to 3:15 PM

Debrief and Collaborative Project Work

3:15PM to 3:45PM (ET)

Project Presentations

3:45PM to 4:00 PM (ET)

Closing and Pledge Wall

Global Experiences for Every Student

Global education has always been about what you do, not where you go. The essential and enduring work includes teaching students to appreciate diverse perspectives, understand the connections they have to the wider world, respectively and effectively communicate and collaborate across cultures and countries, and use interdisciplinary knowledge to investigate and take action on issues that matter to them and the wider world.

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We believe in the power of learning first-hand from other people‘s experiences and being able to illustrate the concepts we cover in all of our programs with examples of people whose daily work revolves around the issues of global significance. Envoys’ network of wonks, historians, scholars, and practitioners provides access for students to real people who care deeply about improving the world around them.

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Both the present and the future require the ability to navigate ambiguity and solve problems together. Students and educators alike must seize the moment to develop meaningful connections and bridge differences. Throughout the summit series, we utilize virtual exchanges and project collaborations to develop empathy, understanding, and respect.

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The work that matters in the 21st century will be performed by small teams utilizing diverse skill sets and technologies to work across geographic, cultural, and temporal boundaries. Each summit culminates with a collaborative ‘pay-it-forward’ project that helps students to bring learning back to campus and home communities and inspire personal, sustained engagement.


Our Calendar

Cultivating Common Ground: The Future of Food & Community

September 2021

From can we to should we: Global Bioethics, Smart Tech, and Our Planet’s Future

October 2021

Taking a Stand: Athletes, Artists, and Activism

November 2021

Changemakers in Focus: The People Advancing Sustainable Development

December 2021

Dance Around the World: A Window into Culture and History

January 2022

Counting Hours: Honest Approaches to Service Learning

February 2022

Choose to Challenge: Celebrating International Women’s Day

March 2022

Now or Never: Adding Urgency to Earth Day

April 2022

Unfiltered: Improving Civic Discourse in the Digital Era

May 2022

No Straight Path: Elevating the Voices of LGBT+ Changemakers

June 2022




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Past Student Summits

Activate Your Citizenship

April 28th – 30th, 2021
Hosted in partnership with
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

2021 International Women’s Day

March 7th – 8th, 2021

2020 SDG Summit

November 7th – 8th, 2020

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