Custom Service-Learning

The combined resources of WorldStrides and International Studies Abroad (ISA), allow us to partner with established community organizations to offer service-learning for faculty-led programs - ranging from a half-day project to a 4-week immersion. These service-learning opportunities are developed alongside our university partners, and can be customized to meet the academic goals of any discipline.

Community Volunteer Day

These one-day opportunities allow the group to engage with the local community to gain hands-on experience with a local NGO. Community Volunteer Days begin with an introduction to the community organization(s) and the local challenge at hand. These projects can be customized to any itinerary and destination, with opportunities for either a full or half-day volunteering.

Sample projects include:

  • painting murals to raise awareness about an environmental or social issue,
  • participating in a trash clean-up day, serving or preparing food at a shelter
  • working alongside an environmental organization on deforestation efforts.


Group Service Project

These multi-day or “Alternative Break” projects allow students to come away with immersive cultural understanding as they work with community organizations over one or two weeks to strategically and sustainably improve the organization’s services or capacities.  Due to the nature of their planning requirements, these service learning projects are only available in specific destinations.

Sample opportunities include:

  • creating and implementing a vegetable garden at a nursing home
  • developing a composting system at a public park, constructing chicken coops at an elementary school
  • providing assistance for a workshop or event


Custom Service Learning

Students have the unique opportunity to observe real-world issues and social obstacles as they work one-on-one with local organizations. In custom service-learning programs, students are individually matched with community organizations for at least four weeks, where they work alongside community members for 10-25 hours per week.

In preparation for the program, students work closely with the ISA Service-Learning team and participate in a language interview to determine placement eligibility, as well as advising sessions to determine the best organization match. Due to the nature of their planning requirements, these service learning projects are only available in specific destinations.

Due to the nature of their planning requirements, Group Service Projects and Custom Service Learning are only available in the following destinations:

  • Chile (Valparaiso and Viña del Mar)
  • Costa Rica (Cartago, Heredia, San José)
  • Dominican Republic (Santiago)
  • Ireland (Galway), Morocco (Meknes)
  • New Zealand (Wellington)
  • Peru (Cusco, Lima)
  • South Africa (Cape Town)
  • Spain (Granada, Salamanca)




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