International Service-Learning Programs

The International Service-Learning Program (IS-LP) is implemented in partnership with the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF), whose advocacy is closely aligned with the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU)’s mission of social involvement and community engagement. It is a 4-week immersion program with the values of service-learning at its core. The duration of the program includes an orientation, formation sessions for reflection and sharing, workshops, and immersion among a local indigenous communities in Mindanao.

The International SLP is available as a credit and non-credit program, offered twice a year, during international students’ winter and summer breaks. The program is a product of bilateral agreements between AIM and its international partners which would then dictate the parameters of credit transfer.

The program is designed to align the international students’ course of study with the local partner communities’ needs. With the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm as its framework, the International Service-Learning Program opens up opportunities for international students to be in service of their shared advocacies with the local partner communities. There is a richness in learning from each other while being immersed in a new culture.




The Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao (AIM) Office, in partnership with the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, presents the International Electronic Service-Learning Program (IE-SLP) as the online equivalent of its International Service-Learning Program. This virtual program is a 4-week global experiential and formative opportunity under the service-learning framework.


Enrich the IE-SLP students’ academic knowledge and further understanding of their course of study as it becomes more grounded in service of others and contextualized in practical settings

Provide intercultural and transnational dialogues and encounters through active online engagement and participation

Foster mutual understanding, global citizenship, and community involvement through addressing the social needs of local communities in Mindanao

Program Components

Service-learning merges real-life learning with guided reflection through enhanced civic engagement and meaningful community service. It allows students to learn by doing and by addressing the community’s significant needs. This collaboration shall unfold online in light of the IE-SLP format. The generation of needs-based assessment and research in terms of what service project the participants can assist in developing will be done virtually.

The program is also designed to provide online orientation, formation sessions and workshops. Students are to practice the “service” aspect of the program through AIM and their linkage with the Mindanawon communities, and pursue the “learning” aspect as they process their experiences under a more academic-based lense or processing from their home academic institutions.

Online Learning Format

The IE-SLP is conducted virtually in both its service and formation components. The online format provides students with avenues for distance collaboration and remote service immersion.

Reflection Sessions

Reflection is an important element in the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm of service-learning. The IE-SLP, therefore, alots opportunities for sharing and reflection among the participants and their host communities. There will be IE-SLP companions and learning guides from the Arrupe Office of Social Formation that shall assist in the weekly online formation sessions and develop web-based journaling. This intends to not only help the students process the experience of collaboration and solidarity with the partner communities, but also assists in the deepening the students’ understanding of what it means to serve and be socially responsible for others.

Webinar Sessions

There are also webinar sessions for students where, aside from the local community partners. There are esteemed speakers from the academe, civil society organizations, and other private industries to talk about their advocacies and share their best practices in line with the specified theme of the program. These sessions which will set in motion the research necessary for the students to develop their service projects and learning outputs since they will be able to interact and pose questions to speakers and other members of the communities they are linked with.


For the theme, “Peacebuilding in Mindanao,” it provides a holistic understanding of peace in the context of Mindanao. It invites the participants to venture on the peacebuilding journey of the peoples of Mindanao–the Indigenous Peoples (Islamic and non-Islamic IPs) and the migrant settlers–who have been marred by years of conflicts and struggles.

The content and topics aim to promote interreligious and intercultural understanding and cooperation through thought-oriented and participatory methods such as discussion, reflection, and analysis in dyads, small groups, and working cooperatively on outputs.

The output of the IE-SLP participants will be a Peace Education Module that will be rolled out to a madrasah (i.e. Islamic school) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.


The IE-SLP fee includes the official enrollment, synchronous webinar and reflection sessions, asynchronous reflection guides, kits, e-learning materials, and certification of the participants.

Eligible Applicants and Nomination Requirements

Eligible Applicants

  • Enrolled undergraduates of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), (including institutional partners from the AJCU-AP and ASEACCU network).
  • Have taken at least 3 semesters with partner HEI.
  • Is fluent in English oral and written communication.
  • Committed to participate in the virtual service-learning program experience.

Nomination Requirements

1. Nomination Form 

To be filled out and submitted by either the Head of the International Office or Social Formation Office, or an Administrator of your Higher Education Institution (HEI). Students are not eligible to apply directly, there must be a formal nomination from their academic institution.

Participating HEIs can nominate one (1) to fifteen (15) student participant(s) and a faculty companion to the International Electronic Service-Learning Program. Kindly fill out the necessary information in the nomination form and submit to 

Subject: [Name of Institution] ADDU IE-SLP – Nomination

Addressed to: 

Mr. Romulo Vinci R. Bueza


Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao Office

Ateneo de Davao University

2. Student Applicant Deliverables

Once the students are listed in the Nomination Form, kindly inform them of the following steps they must complete individually to formalize their application:

1. Fill out the Student Profile form( (also provided below)

2. Upload your student Transcript of Records (TOR) in the student profile form. Submit the TOR of all previously completed semesters (Online copy of TOR is accepted)*

3. Upload a 2-3 minute Video Application in the student profile form.

Guide questions:

  • Brief introduction about yourself (Mention your course, your age, and your general background).
  • What are your personal strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why are you interested in this service-learning program?
  • Tell us about your intercultural/interreligious encounters/immersions that you experienced.



We are pleased to invite student participants for its 2021 International Electronic Service-Learning Program.

We extend this invitation to higher education institutions in partnership, in the hopes of sharing this special service-learning program with your students and the young leaders of your country.

For interested students, click the student profile form below:

apply now


Beginning from the first day, everything is new and very inspiring to me. Although we come from different cultures and backgrounds, all the hosts, speakers, and participants are so humble and open-[minded].

I realize that we all have the same ultimate desire, that is to be peaceful.


October 2020 cycle Participant

The part I appreciate the most is the open space (interactive dialogue) where there were youth discussants who shared their peace advocacies and stories. 

I love it the most because it is interactive, and it opens up ideas and conversation. It also serves as an inspiration for me to work better in my own advocacy not for personal recognition but to motivate myself in order to serve and contribute significantly to my community.


October 2020 cycle Participant

We are grateful for the opportunity to let our students immerse with other people with diverse backgrounds because, as we all know, we are quite confined within our place, having very minimal to no exposure to people who have different beliefs and other races. So, this is a very meaningful experience for our students and our school.


Academic Coordinator, Dar Al-Uloom Wal- Hikmah, Inc., Cotabato City, Philippines

Ateneo de Davao University hosts its first cycle of virtual International Service-Learning Program

The Ateneo de Davao University, through its Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao (AIM) Office and Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF), successfully completed the International Electronic Service-Learning Program (IE-SLP) October cycle.

The IE-SLP gathers students from international partner academic institutions for a 4-week virtual service-learning program that provides a space for holistic formation through intercultural dialogue and meaningful transnational encounters with our partner communities online. The IE-SLP has designed sessions for academic knowledge, distance collaboration, remote service immersion, and formative learning.

For this pilot cycle, the participants engaged with our resource speakers in the webinar sessions, IE-SLP companions in the reflection sessions, and local community partners in the open space (interactive dialogue) sessions. 

“Through the sessions, I want to share with others the holistic meaning of peace, the role of youth in peacebuilding, how we can make a peace community, and how to resolve conflicts. Every part of the program is giving me a different perspective and new knowledge,” a participant said.

The program hosted eleven (11) participants from different academic institutions: Soegijapranata Catholic University (Indonesia), St. Aloysius Gonzaga Institute for Higher Studies (Myanmar), and Ateneo de Davao University (Philippines). 

The IE-SLP theme on “Peacebuilding in Mindanao” provides a holistic understanding of peace in the context of Mindanao. This program invited the participants to venture on the peacebuilding journey of the peoples of Mindanao–the Indigenous Peoples (Islamic and non-Islamic IPs) and the migrant settlers–who have been marred by years of conflicts and struggles. The output of the IE-SLP participants was a Peace Education Module which was rolled out to Dar Al-Uloom Wal-Hikmah, Inc. a madrasah (i.e. Islamic school) in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to let our students immerse with other people with diverse backgrounds because as we all know, we are quite confined within our place, having a very minimal to no exposure to people who have different beliefs and other races. So, this is really a very meaningful experience for our students and our school,” Ms. Raeesa Piang, Academic Coordinator of Dar Al-Uloom Wal-Hikmah, Inc., said.

Despite the limitations of an online format, this didn’t hinder us in elevating the experience of an online learning community that is formative and meaningful. 

“No one could ever fathom that an international service-learning program could be done in an online format in this unprecedented time. Yet, IE-SLP proved that there is no barrier too strong for people to come together as a community. Although there is really no substitute for real-life immersion, dialogue, and planning, the program did not fall short in providing essential and relevant content, a safe space for dialogue, and an avenue to concretize the participants’ learning. All in all, the program was able to achieve its objectives,” Ms. Ivy Jane A. Torregosa, the IE-SLP main facilitator, said.