Global Outreach is a program under the auspices of the Office of Mission and Ministry at Fordham University. Global Outreach is a student-led cultural immersion and service program where students learn about various issues of social, economic, political, and environmental injustice, while living a simple lifestyle that fosters communal and spiritual growth. We send teams of students consisting of approximately ten students, one student leader, and one chaperone to live, work, and learn with partnering organizations in approximately thirty locations throughout the United States and countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Global Outreach teams travel to collaborate with our partnering organizations during winter, spring, and summer breaks. The projects vary in both length and scope. Some projects are one week in duration while others are almost three weeks long. In addition, some of the projects focus on service related experiences such as working with Habitat for Humanity in Waynesburg, PA while others are immersion experiences such as living with host families in Managua, Nicaragua. The projects have focus on a wide range of topics such as education, housing, healthcare, race, and gender but regardless of its focus, each project shares the ultimate goal of creating solidarity, learning about issues of poverty and injustice, and connecting the local with the global.
Global Outreach also organizes an annual spring programming series for those who are unable to participate in a project and for those who wish to continue to participate in the Global Outreach community through learning about and reflecting on injustice. Each fall, Global Outreach identifies themes for the events that addresses the interests of the Fordham College at Lincoln Center community. Past themes have included immigrant rights and maternal health.