Serve and Learn Abroad with ISA!

Connect with communities abroad and observe real-world issues and the social initiatives created to solve them.

ISA Service-Learning programs provide a unique opportunity to learn from community leaders, experts and professionals serving their own communities. Through a guided, reflection-based curriculum, we will help you think critically about community development and civic engagement in a local and global context.

Over the last two decades, we have developed partnerships with over 100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofits, and governmental organizations worldwide that have ongoing projects to which you can volunteer your time and contribute your strengths.

Through our diverse program offerings, you get to decide where and when your global learning experience will begin.

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Connecting with Community Partners


With a community-centric approach, we work with our partner organizations to better understand local resources and priorities. We then connect you with host organizations where your skill set may be most useful.

Striving for Reciprocity


We approach service-learning as an opportunity for mutual exchange of knowledge, action and culture, framed and guided by the mission of the community partner.

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Intentional, Guided Reflection


Learning does not happen as the result of an experience itself, but through intentional reflection upon an experience. Therefore, a vital part of service-learning is critical reflection through a guided curriculum. This is what distinguishes service-learning from community service and volunteering.

We strive to provide diverse learning opportunities for different learning styles and cover topics such as community development, intercultural competency, leadership, and personal and professional growth.

Cultivating Global Citizens


Through reflection and active learning, you will develop cross-cultural competencies and skills by building relationships, observing, and collaborating with community partners. We encourage you to reflect on your role and responsibility to be an active and engaged member of your own community upon returning home.

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My experience in service-learning abroad changed my entire perspective on healthcare. I have a better understanding of intersectionality regarding underserved communities and their mental health, along with the external circumstances affecting them. Now, I feel better prepared to enter into career settings, as I feel that my distinct worldview has become an asset.

Julia R.
(Cusco, Summer 2022)

Service Learning was one of my favorite aspects of study abroad. I couldn’t imagine my experience without it. I feel like I gained so much knowledge and experience, as well as many professional connections and lifelong friends!

Ben H.
(Meknes, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023)

This unique opportunity allowed me to directly participate in the host community. I was able to interact with locals while also gaining skills that I can apply to my future career. There is a service learning opportunity for everyone regardless of their interests and passions.

Avantika M
(Costa Rica, Spring 2022)

I would highly recommend this experience to anyone considering! My experience at my host organization allowed me to learn exponentially about my host country while making meaningful connections every day.

Kate S.
(Valparaiso, Fall 2022)

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