Carolina Navigators Global Service-Learning Experience 

(*The service learning experience will not be offered during the fall 2021 semester. Please check back before spring 2022.)

Want to create a Culture Kit? Help middle school students learn about the world? Develop multimedia resources about intercultural topics for K-12 students? All while improving your own intercultural, technology, and leadership skills?

If your answer is YES, the Carolina Navigators Service-Learning Experience is for you.


We would like to thank the Carolina Parents Council for their generous support of our service-learning experience over the last few years. Their funding has helped us to pay for quality student learning materials for our Navigators students!

Carolina Navigators is a highly selective academic, undergraduate service-learning program at UNC. Throughout the semester, students will learn about global education, and increase their own intercultural competence by creating global education resources for K-14 students and educators in North Carolina.

The students who take part in Carolina Navigators:

  • Do not need to be education majors or have any prior experience teaching
  • Ideally do need to have spent at least one summer outside their home passport country OR have other equivalent intercultural experience (at home, major at UNC, etc.).
  • Do not need to be on-campus for Fall 2020. Carolina Away students may participate this semester.
  • Native American, Latinx, International Students, and students majoring in African American History are encouraged to participate in this experience!
  • The resources that students create do not necessarily need to be about a country other than the United States. Students can create cultural resources about a Native American tribe, LGTBQ+ Culture, African American History, Deaf culture, etc.

During the experience we will meet once a week online in our virtual classroom. I will send out a Doodle Poll at the beginning of the semester to determine the weekly meeting time that works for the majority of students.

Students who are accepted into the program will participate in one of three tracks:

Track 1: Culture Kits. UNC students will create a new or enhance an existing Culture Kit that will be used by K-12 students and teachers in North Carolina.


Track 2: Virtual Presentations for K-12 Students. UNC students will video conference (using ZOOM) with K-12 students several times during the semester.


Track 3: Multimedia. Students will create a video for the Navigators website and YouTube channel, on a cultural topic related to their focus country.


In addition, students in all 3 tracks create an Animoto Video on a cultural topic and participate in our Virtual Cultural Festival, where they have the opportunity to present to 25+ classrooms in NC!



UNC students will not receive credit for the Carolina Navigators Experience (that also means no tests, papers or grades!); however, students accepted into the program will receive the following:

  1. Individualized attention and mentoring
  2. The opportunity to count service hours towards the Buckley Public Service Scholars program or to fulfill other service/volunteer requirements (on average students earn 25-30 hours/semester)
  3. The opportunity for a strong recommendation letter from an instructor who knows you
  4. Some course materials
  5. Kolb’s Learning Styles Inventory, 3 months access to Cultural Detective online, and Intercultural Development Inventory debriefing and action planning (for your own leadership development)
  6. Letter of completion that includes your total number of volunteer hours
  7. An appearance on the Carolina Navigators website, in the newsletter, and other promotion pieces
  8. The opportunity to develop intercultural, technology, education, and leadership skills you can actually use when the semester is over (GREAT for your resume!)
  9. The opportunity to be part of an innovative UNC program and make a direct impact on K-12 intercultural education in North Carolina

Questions? Email


By applying for the Carolina Navigators Fall Experience you are agreeing to participate in the entire experience by attending all weekly, group, and 1:1 meetings, reading assigned articles, taking part in group discussions. Our goal is to keep everything to a couple hours a week on average.

Sample Semester Schedule 


  1. The schedule may vary from this sample.
  2. You must keep our weekly meeting time open every week during the semester. No exceptions.
  3. I will send out a Doodle poll before the semester begins, to determine the weekly meeting time that works for the majority of students. 




Week 1

Introduction to CN Service Learning Experience Online (Sakai)

Online (Sakai)

Week 2

Track Meetings & the Danger of a Single Story

ZOOM with track group

Week 3

 “Moving Beyond Tolerance“-Article by Sonia Nieto


Week 4

What is Global Education? (“Educating for Global Competence“-Asia Society)


Week 5

How Do Teachers Know What to Teach When? & Kolb’s Learning Styles Inventory

“The Learning Style Inventory (LSI) describes the way you learn and how you deal with ideas and day-to-day situations. We all learn in different ways. This inventory can serve as a stimulus for you to interpret and reflect on the ways you prefer to learn in specific settings. Learning can be described as a cycle made up of four basic processes. The LSI takes you through those processes to give you better understanding of how you learn”


Week 6

How to Teach Diverse Learners


Week 7

Track Projects and Meetings


Week 8

Intercultural Communication: Cultural Detective  

“Cultural Detective is designed to improve conditions and productivity in an international or multicultural environment. As an intercultural competence tool, it is designed to lessen stereotyping and improve dialogue.”

“Cultural Detective Online explores the concepts of “culture” and “values” and how they impact communication in everyday life. It provides access to dozens of culture-specific Values Lenses and topic-specific Challenges Lenses, hundreds of real world cross-cultural incidents, and an easy-to-use process for improving the ability to collaborate successfully across cultures, both on individual and organizational levels.”


Week 9

Intercultural Communication 


Week 10

Intercultural Communication   


Week 11

 Track Projects and Meetings



Week 12

 Intercultural Development Inventory Debrief 

“The Intercultural Development Inventory®(IDI®) assesses intercultural competence—the capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities. Intercultural competence has been identified as a critical capability in a number of studies focusing on overseas effectiveness of international sojourners, international business adaptation and job performance, international student adjustment, international transfer of technology and information, international study abroad, and inter-ethnic relations within nations. The Intercultural Development Inventory is a 50-item questionnaire available online that can be completed in 15–20 minutes.”


Week 13

Virtual Festival Dress Rehearsal


Week 14

Virtual Cultural Festival  


Week 15

Wrap-Up-Share track projects, evaluation, Global Careers and Grad Programs 


 There is no final exam so we don’t meet during finals week.