International Service-Learning Programs

The International Service-Learning Program (ISLP) 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.



(First Cycle: October 30, 2020)


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 this first cycle, the theme is Peacebuilding in Mindanao.

The theme 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.

Eligibility and Application 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.

Application Requirements

  1. Nomination Form from either the Head of the International Office or Social Formation Office, or an Administrator of the Institution

The AIM Office invites administrators or heads of institutions to nominate student applicants for this 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

Student applicants are also requested to submit the following requirements:

2. Transcript of Records (TOR) of all previously completed semesters

3. Application form

4. 2-3 minute Video Application 

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.

*Submit the TOR and video application to



Undergraduate students from partner Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are to pay an IE-SLP application fee of 200 USD that covers the official enrollment, sessions, certification, kits, and e-learning materials.

Application form for the February cycle