Co-Serve is an organization that is much more
about relationships than programs. Co-Serve's mission is
ultimately carried out by fostering a global network of
relationships that support, encourage and learn from each other as
they strive to cultivate communities of servant leadership in their
Still, Co-Serve has developed a variety of
programs that may be useful resources to communities as they
endeavor to learn more about servant leadership. These
programs often involve elements of international partnership and
exchange, reflecting Co-Serve's core value of developing
international understanding. Some of Co-Serve's primary programs,
offered regularly throughout the world, include:
Principles of Servant Leadership Course.
This 30-hour course is designed to model the building of an open
and accepting community that demonstrates the incredible value
of each participant, their stories and their ideas. Through a
process of action and reflection, participants learn from their
hearts and from each other, as they consider the values and
principles of servant leadership, including the great value of
people and relationships, the meaning of service, the unique
purpose of each person, and the importance of serving in community. This course is taught by experienced
Co-Serve facilitators at locations around the world.
This program connects individuals with a mentor so that they can
reflect together on the application of the principles of servant
leadership in their lives. The program involves 20 e-mail
or Skype discussions between participants and their mentors over
a 5-month period. Using a workbook designed by Co-Serve,
mentors and participants discuss a specific topic each week.
Servant Leadership Academies.
Co-Serve created its "Academy" program to help participants
learn from real-life examples of leaders who are building
servant leadership communities. The Academy program
operates as an intensive, 2-3 week, experiential learning
process that brings together 10-15 participants from around the
world. These participants experience a series of servant
leadership communities and reflect daily together on what they
are learning. One outcome of the program is that
participants develop their own personal mission statement as a
International Educators Academy (IEA).
This Academy program is an experience specifically designed for
university teachers and administrators from Co-Serve's partner
universities around the world. In this experience,
international educators are hosted by American colleges and
universities that exemplify the principles of servant leadership
- both in their administration and in the classroom. Visiting
educators are immersed in the life of the institution as they
attend classes and faculty meetings, and as they meet
individually with students, staff, faculty and administrators.
Co-Serve mentors work daily with the participants to debrief
their experiences. This program is usually held for 3
weeks for small groups of 2-3 participants.
Education through Business Immersion (EBI).
The EBI program desires to build cross cultural understanding by
inviting select students to spend 3 1/2 weeks in the USA, where
they live with an American host family and have an internship
experience at an American business. Ideally, each student
lives in a separate home and works in a separate business. This
is primarily an educational experience where the student is
introduced to and experiences the company’s mission, objectives
and values. The type of work is dependent on the type of
businesses that offers to mentor a student. This program is
currently only offered as part of Co-Serve's partnership with
the Kazakh-American Free University.
International Leadership Exchange Programs (ILEP).
The ILEP program bring students together from around the world
to consider their purpose as leaders. The program involves
a variety of group activities, including the opportunity to meet
a number of recognized leaders in the community. The
program focuses on helping students share their lives with one
another and to dream together about the kind of leaders that
they want to be and the difference they can make in the world. This program is usually held for
weeks for groups of 6-12 students.
Community Building Demonstration Project. In
this program, participants put into practice many of the
principles they have learned in other Co-Serve programs.
Participants work in teams over a 1-year period to complete a
project that demonstrates servant leadership in their home
community. Each team is assigned a coach by Co-Serve who
advises them as they complete their project. Often the coach
will help the team with individual personality/strengths
assessments, to help them understand the unique potential and
role of each member. The project gives participants an
extended opportunity to live out and practice, in community with
each other, the principles of servant leadership that they have
Teaching Abroad Program (TAP).
Co-Serve partners with places of learning around the world
including at international universities. These universities are
often interested in utilizing English-speaking teachers in their
academic programs. This presents a wonderful opportunity to
serve these universities and to model the values of servant
leadership in the classroom. As a result, Co-Serve recruits
volunteer teachers of English, Business, Humanities and other
subjects to teach at international universities - for periods
ranging from 2 weeks to 3 months. Through this program,
qualified volunteer teachers are hosted at an international
university, with their lodging and meals provided.
Volunteer teachers must find a way to fund their own
international travel to the university.
In some countries and contexts, Co-Serve operates
an International Servant Leadership Program or "ISLP." The
ISLP combines the following four Co-Serve's program modules into a
larger, two-year program: Principles of Servant Leadership
Course, Mentor Program, Servant Leadership Academy, and Community
Building Demonstration Project.
Co-Serve currently works in the following
countries in partnership with the listed organizations to help
develop communities of servant leadership (you can click on the
links to learn more about each organization):