I've led three service learning trips for high school students with Seeds of Learning as a volunteer group leader. The experience each time was nothing short of amazing. For most of the students, this was the first time they had ever been in a developing country.
The organization strives to improve the educational opportunities available to children in the Americas. As an organization, it has a unique approach, to engage the local communities in both the planning and implementation processes. Volunteers work side by side community members who are working to improve the educational resources for their children.
The collaboration goes far beyond the construction of a building. During the time in country we built friendships, developed an understanding of life in another part of the world, and learned what it means to be compassionate global citizens. In addition to a building, we built memories and friendships that will remain with us for years to come. I still recall the feeling of arriving at the worksite in the morning and seeing the children peak out of their classroom to say "hola" and welcome us back.
The experience with Seeds of Learning was life changing. I've done three trips with them, and look forward to doing many more. I highly recommend this organization for anyone who is looking for a transformative travel experience.