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Books and Beyond

Books and BeyondThe Global LLC has partnered with Harmony School and The Project School, two elementary schools in Bloomington, IN, and the Kabwende Primary Center in Kinigi, Rwanda to create Books & Beyond, which focuses on increasing access to education for underserved communities in the United States and abroad through English literacy education. Global LLC students mentor Bloomington elementary students to create an anthology of childrenís stories that are compiled and published along with stories from the students in Rwanda. The anthology, along with a teacherís curriculum, assists in developing English literacy and critical thinking skills at the Rwandan primary school. Each year, 50-75 IU students participate in the project as writing partners/mentors, documenters, editors, fundraisers, and Rwanda culture ambassadors, and learned skills in mentoring, photography, videography, interviewing, writing across cultures, writing for English language learners, grant writing, public speaking, and donor development.

To learn more about Books & Beyond, please visit: http://www.indiana.edu/~booksb/

Leadership Opportunities

A living-learning center, as the name implies, combines residential life with educational experiences—in our case, we learn about all things international.  Much of the learning in the GLLC, unquestionably, occurs informally, through interaction with each other.  However, there are also formal activities, ranging from Central Council and staff-initiated programming to events individually organized by members of the GLLC community. 

If you are interested in planning your own program, it is very doable. The only requirements are that the event be consistent with the Global LLCís mission, be open to our entire community, and be submitted via an event proposal form.

To get more involved with the Global LLC, consider any of the following options for leadership and professional development:

  • Become a student leader for a language cluster or interest group
  • Serve on Central Council
  • Organize an event (to get ideas from past events, see the calendar or programming reports)
  • Work as a student office assistant or community mentor
  • Teach as a Q199 peer instructor
  • Volunteer as a Welcome Week Leader
  • Volunteer with Books & Beyond