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Sant’Anna Institute holds service learning as a pillar of academic excellence. Service learning is a branch of Sant'Anna's Experiential Learning model.
Through service learning students work in tandem with the community through various project types thaty relate to their coursework of a particular class in order to immerse themselves within the framework of the course material and pull from real life examples to learn. The community and the projects students complete become active texts of information for the course subject.
Students’ courses are intimately connected to the needs and current designs of various aspects of the community. They work in tandem with the community to create new ideas and new visions for future improvement.
These projects allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom in a professional manner, which develops their skills and gives back to their host community.
Sant'Anna is partnered with Piano Sociale di Zona dell'Ambito Territoriale Napoli 33, a social cooperative that manages an intergrated system of social services for the communities of the Sorrento Peninsula. Opportunities include: retirement homes, diverse-ability centers, student/youth centers, environmental/agricultural organizations, abuse shelters, and others.
Sant'Anna is also partners with L.E.S.S. Onlus , an Association based in Naples that works against all forms of discriminations and protects women and people victims of sex trafficking.
LESS Onlus Association: A social enterprise that works every day against all forms of discrimination and promotes social inclusion services for migrants, victims of sex trafficking, and refugees.
The Association is active in Naples and it aims at taking action against the exclusion and social marginalization from which migrants often suffer. As part of their mission, L.E.S.S. promotes active citizenship and full recognition of migrant identity through different channels. L.E.S.S. recognizes the correlation between migration and the freedom of movement, and the economic, social, and cultural development of an individual. It promotes and carries out educational activities, and over the years, has created numerous partnerships with other private social organizations and migrant communities in the Naples area, creating a strong network to support facilitate integration.
See their website here: http://www.lessimpresasociale.it/
STUDDENTS MAY BE INVOLVED IN THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS:
Teaching English to migrants and refugees;
After school care for school support and animation for kids;
Training courses in music, art, IT for young migrants and refugees;
Awareness projects for Naples citizens on the field of migrants, refugees, victims of human trafficking (both women and minors)
Professional training aimed at the social inclusion, especially for underprivileged people with special needs
NGO support, that is help and assistance on communication, research, projects creation, daily activities assistance, revision of promotional material in English (both online and hard copies), and in the laboratories.
There will also be the possibility of participating in a special project focusing on Nigerian women who fell victim to human trafficking. Volunteers on this project will assist in providing not only integration help, but medical and psychological assistance as well.
Marina Piccola revitalization
by Anthony Principe
In this project, architecture students were split into groups of six and tasked with creating a master plan for redesigning the port, Marina Piccola of Sorrento, Italy. The city is currently building an underground walking tunnel from the parking garage in the city down to the port as a way to revitalize and make travel to and from the port easier. By doing this and redesigning parts of the port they hope to encourage more people to the port. As part of the master plan, our student Anthony Principe from Alfred State College, NY, designed a new piazza called Piazza Sant'Antonino above the existing ferry ticketing office.
This video is a portion of overall new port design.
by Jake Haggmark and Brennans Drakes
We want to thank our Spring 2009 students Jake Haggmark and Brennans Drakes who realized this video for their photography final while studying abroad in Sorrento with Alfred State College.