The Top Ten Ways International Service Learning Pays

The Top Ten Ways International Service Learning Pays

By Jill Finlayson

Team4Tech's mission is to advance 21st century education in developing countries by connecting technology industry professionals and solutions with high impact NGO projects. We act as agents for change by matching technology industry volunteers, solutions and resources with accredited non-profit projects that aim to make a difference in the quality of education around the globe. We firmly believe that we can improve education outcomes for learners around the world, and at the same time provide a life-changing experience for volunteers and a solid ROI for corporations. Check out these Top Ten reasons your company should have a Team4Tech or other international service learning program.

The Top Ten reasons your company needs a program like Team4Tech.

International Service Learning Programs can:

10. Encourage Millennials to work for your company: They care about giving back, and you should too.

9. Help your company retain top talent: saving costs in time and money to replace staff.

8. Improve your employee satisfaction – (By the way, Millennials aren't the only ones who care).

7. Address gender balance and expand opportunities to advance women tech leaders.

6. Achieve gains in productivity and employee engagement.

5. Fuel your brand through CSR and PR rewards and recognition.

  • Companies with strong sustainability programs compared to companies with poor programs have 43% stronger public image.
  • CSR programs that engage employees increase visibility and brand recognition; enhance positive perceptions of companies; empower employees as brand ambassadors; and deliver effective public press mentions, at minimal incremental marketing costs.

4. Help employees engage in social good - CSR is not enough; employees want to be part of the solution.

3. Provide professional development and the skills your employees need to help your company compete.

2. Give leaders the needed global mindset, especially important with diverse and remote workforces and the growing importance of emerging markets.

1. Enable your company to make a big difference, in a short amount of time.

Are there other compelling reasons for international service learning that we have not included in our list? Please comment and share your programs in the comments below. Thanks!

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"Women in IT: The Stats," NCWIT, 2010
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Fact Sheet
"Strengthen Your Workforce Through Volunteer Programs," Harvard Business Review, 2012
"Why everyone wants to work for the 'good guys',"CNN, 2012
"Demonstrating the Business Value of Pro Bono Service," Taproot Foundation, 2012
"How to Accelerate Leadership Development," Human Capital Institute, 2014
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From Service Learning to Learning Service,” SSIR, 2014
2012 Global Workforce Study, Towers Watson, 2012