Learn about education systems and teaching methodologies in different cultural contexts.

Many of our community partners include traditional educational institutions, but you may be able to assist and support non-traditional educational initiatives that our host organizations provide in their communities.


Common Projects and Responsibilities
  • Conduct visual arts, performing arts, or music projects with students
  • Lead skills-based workshops
  • Coordinate educational campaigns to raise awareness about environmental, health, or other issues
  • Facilitate recreational or sports activities
  • Prepare lesson plans and other educational materials
  • Provide one-on-one or small group tutoring
  • Teach English classes or classes in other subjects
Host Organization Examples
  • After School Program
  • Bilingual School
  • Childhood Education Programs at Medical Clinics
  • English Language Institute
  • Environmental Education Cooperative
  • Institute for the Blind
  • Local High School
  • Museums
  • Special Education Center
  • Technical School
  • Women’s Development and Vocational Training Foundations
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Costa Rica Therapy and Rehabilitation Student Participating
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This program is unique in the sense that it has the ability to transcend cultural differences and connect with people so different from one another thanks to one common passion: serving others. If you want the opportunity to really dive into a culture and connect with people of the host community, service-learning is the best way to do it.

Julia O.
(Granada, Spring 2018)

I loved my service-learning experience abroad and would recommend it to anyone! For me, it was a great opportunity to integrate my Spanish language skills with my area of study (nursing), which is a really unique opportunity. It gave me the chance to have more purposeful interaction with the host community during my time abroad, which I think it a key aspect to the study abroad experience.

Rebekah H.
(Valparaiso, Fall 2017)

I learned so much participating in service-learning. This experience allows you to open your mind to so many different ways of life, social issues happening in other countries, and ways you can help. The skills you develop are endless because you learn to work alongside diverse groups and not only share your knowledge but also learn from them as well. This experience really helped me grow as a person.

Jordan P.
(Lima, Summer 2018)