Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program

Tisch College’s innovative bridge-year program provides accepted students the opportunity to learn from a transformational year of full-time service, domestically or abroad, before beginning their academic studies at Tufts. The program has received generous support from individual donors as well as Santander Bank, N.A., through its Santander Universities Division.

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Program Highlights

  • All incoming Tufts students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are invited to apply to the Tufts 1+4 Bridge-Year Service Learning Program. Note that the citizenship/residency requirement is due to visa restrictions.
  • Financial aid is available. Our highest need participants will receive full support.
  • Bridge-Year Fellows will begin service on September 1, 2015, and conclude on May 31, 2016. An on-campus orientation will be held in August 2015 and a wrap-up retreat will be held at the end of service.
  • Bridge-Year Fellows will develop bonds with others in the program by sharing in an on-campus orientation, online activities during their service year, a wrap-up retreat, and follow-on programs after arriving on campus.
  • Learning and development will be continually supported by Tisch College staff, faculty, and each on-site service organization.
  • During their service, Bridge-Year Fellows may have the opportunity to participate in a blended writing course designed to integrate their service with academics, and facilitate reflection upon their experiences.

Placements

Tisch College is working with experienced domestic and international service organizations to support a year of meaningful community service. Each site will host a small cluster of Fellows who will interact throughout their service experience. Housing and meal plans are provided for each site, and prospective Fellows will rank specific placements in their order of preference as part of their application.

Domestic Placements: Location and Focus

Los Angeles, CA
LIFT: Social work, poverty alleviation, and immigrant services. Full description
City Year: Educational disparities and urban education. Full description

Detroit, MI
City Year: Educational disparities and urban education. Full description

Philadelphia, PA
LIFT: Social work and poverty alleviation. Full description
Village for Arts and Humanities: Self-expression rooted in arts and culture for community development. Full description

Tuscon, AZ
Carpe Diem: Native American issues and border lands. Full description
Fellows will have the opportunity to select one of these placements:

  • St. Elizabeth’s Health Center: Medical, dental, and behavioral health disparities in immigrant communities
  • Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona: Long term food security strategies, hunger relief, and sustainable agriculture
  • Border Links: Sustainable food and education issues on the borderlands between the U.S. and Mexico

International Placements: Location and Focus

Oaxaca, Mexico
AMIGOS de las Américas. Full description
Fellows may apply for the following placements:

  • CAMPO: Alternative energy, sustainability, and community development
  • Puente a la Salud Comunitaria: Food justice and public health
  • Instituto Estatal de Educación Pública de Oaxaca: Engineering and STEM education, including Legos and robotics, and bridging the digital divide

Santa Catarina, Brazil
Global Citizen Year. Full description
Fellows may apply to work in one of the following areas of interest:

  • Wildlife preservation, environmental sustainability, and veterinary medicine
  • Organic farming, cultural preservation through agriculture, and alternative medicine
  • Social entrepreneurship, community development, and nonprofit management

Madrid, Spain
United Planet. Full description

Fellows will work with Fundación Alicia Koplowitz: Child welfare, child psychology, and child development in residential centers for children referred through social services

León, Nicaragua
Amigos de las Américas. Full description
Fellows may apply for the following placements:

  • Plan International: Nutrition, maternal health, healthy families economics program, and child protection/welfare
  • Los Pipitos: Children with emotional, physical and developmental disabilities: includes arts, physical, and occupational therapies
  • MPowering People: Maternal health and child welfare; community development and women’s empowerment
  • Las Tías: Mothers that work in the local markets and with children/adolescents at risk. Includes vocational training, arts enterprises, daycare services.

Application Process

Students accepted into Tufts will be invited to apply to Tufts 1+4. A link to the online Tufts 1+4 application will be provided upon acceptance to Tufts. Please note that you will not be able to submit your application to Tufts 1+4 until you receive this notice. The process is the same, but application deadlines vary for Early Decision I (January 5), Early Decision II (February 26), and Regular Decision (April 6). Please see the application page for full details and application process.

For more information

See our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Tisch College Senior Program Manager Mindy Nierenberg at Mindy.Nierenberg@tufts.edu or 617-627-4159.