American students today are exposed to the idea of doing public service by the time they reach high school, if not earlier. By the time they enter college, volunteering has become second nature.
That’s not necessarily the case for students who come to U.S. universities from other countries. International students often get their first taste of volunteer work while in college.
At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, many international students discover volunteer opportunities through the Morgridge Center For Public Service and International Student Services (ISS), home to the Millennium Development Goals Awareness Project (MDGAP) and the ISS Reach Program. Both the Morgridge Center and ISS are located in the Red Gym.