Service Learning Programs Abroad

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Service learning programs abroad are a unique blend of studying and volunteering abroad. Through these types of programs, participants will learn through their volunteer work and have supplementary classes to help them understand the industry they're working in.

Since there's such a strong emphasis on learning and working in a particular field with service learning, most program participants are required to have prior knowledge of / experience within this field. Similarly, programs tend to last an entire semester or academic year. If you're still in college, there's also a chance you can receive academic credit for your time abroad.

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Most service learning trips abroad take place in developing countries throughout Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. However, you could realistically find a service learning project anywhere in the world -- even in your hometown.

That said, given the strong educational focus that a service-learning trip has, it's better to be flexible on the destination and instead think about good places to gain experience in your field of interest.

Are you trying to learn about international healthcare? Try Ghana. Marine biology? Consider Belize or Madagascar. Researching elephants? Head to Sri Lanka or Tanzania. Or maybe you want to learn more about small business development. Try Brazil, Kenya, or Thailand.

Academic credit

Typically, participants on a service learning trip will either be able to receive course credits through their university or count it as part of their research for their senior thesis. While program providers will be able to help guide you through this or have established partnerships with certain universities, you'll be working more closely with your academic advisor to determine if / how you'll get credit for your time.

Time commitment

Unlike volunteer trips, service learning trips tend to last a full semester or academic year. Plan accordingly.

Programs

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Indonesia
International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
No matter what type of environment you are passionate about, IVHQ has got you covered. From marine to forest to jungle...
Dominican Republic
Rustic Pathways
Rustic Pathways programs in the Dominican Republic demonstrate our dedication to service. Programs like Life in the Bateyes,...
Peru
Maximo Nivel
Maximo Nivel provides great volunteer programs Cusco, Peru. Maximo is a locally-based organization and you work directly with...
South Africa
African Impact
African Impact gives you a fantastic opportunity to do meaningful conservation and community work in South Africa. In Cape...
South Africa
Connect-123
Volunteer abroad in Cape Town with Connect-123! Explore one of the most stunning cities in the world while giving back to...
Thailand
Rustic Pathways
Join Rustic Pathways in Thailand, where we’ve been running cultural immersion and service adventures for over 15 years....
Guatemala
Maximo Nivel
Maximo Nivel provides great volunteer programs in Antigua, Guatemala. Maximo is a locally-based organization and you work...
Kenya
African Impact
Due to poverty and poor medical and educational infrastructure volunteer work in Kenya provides a wide scope of involvement...
India
Volunteering Solutions
Take a trip to India and volunteer with Volunteering Solutions! Volunteering is a great way to immerse yourself in the...
Asia
Global Vision International (GVI)
Service learning is a teaching method that takes classroom education and connects it to real life services that directly...
Australia
Rustic Pathways
In 1983, Rustic Pathways took its first exploration through the sparse Australian Outback. Over thirty years later, we’re...
Costa Rica
Maximo Nivel
Maximo Nivel provides great volunteer programs Costa Rica—programs are available in the capital city of San Jose and on the...
Tanzania
African Impact
Pair up with African Impact to start your volunteer experience in Tanzania! As East Africa's largest country, it holds a...
Thailand
Volunteering Solutions
Join one of Volunteering Solutions' many volunteer programs in Thailand! Thailand is a great travel destination full of...
India
GoEco
GoEco was created by experienced volunteers for people who are eager to travel and contribute to the community, wildlife and...