Service-Learning Program Locations

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Chile

Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

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Child and Family Development

Center for Malnourished Infants

Spanish (Intermediate)

This center treats newborns, babies, and toddlers (ages 0-3) with secondary malnutrition, malformations, metabolic disorders and heart disease. In addition to treatment, the center also educates the community on prenatal and preventative care. Participants will assist with feeding, dressing, and playing with the infants in between their therapy sessions, and assisting the center's staff as needed. *This placement is currently full for summer programs.

Nursery School

Spanish (Low Intermediate)

Coordinate various classroom activities, assist the head teacher and lead extracurricular activities at a school for very young children. There are two nursery school options, one for children up to 2 years old and another for children up to 4 years old. Teach basic English language to the older children and plan fun educational activities for them.

Special Education Center

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This center is for children between the ages of 3 and 12-years-old that have autism or other special needs. In addition to the primary education classes that are conducted, the center also provides a multi-sensory stimulation classroom where students work with therapists on a weekly basis. Participants’ tasks may vary depending on their specific area of study or interest, however some of the possible responsibilities may include assisting with classroom management, providing individualized attention to students, or developing and assisting with art workshops and educational activities. For students studying physical/occupational/speech therapy, there may be opportunities to work with the center’s therapists during their sessions with the students.

Education and Literacy

English Language Institute

Spanish (Advanced)

Serve as a Language partner and assist students with the development of English skills. Prepare lesson plans and other educational materials for class, lead classroom discussions, support full-time English professors, facilitate group discussions, correct student assignments, and help with pronunciation. Participants may also assist administrators in program development or research projects.

Nursery School

Spanish (Low Intermediate)

Coordinate various classroom activities, assist the head teacher and lead extracurricular activities at a school for very young children. There are two nursery school options, one for children up to 2 years old and another for children up to 4 years old. Teach basic English language to the older children and plan fun educational activities for them.

Technical High School

Spanish (Advanced)

Work with students ages 14-18 in this high school dedicated to providing its students with the technical skills needed to be successful in the fields of gastronomy, food engineering, automotive technology, chemistry, and port operation. Participants will primarily work alongside English language teachers and assist with grammar, pronunciation, homework, lead tutorial sessions, and plan English language activities. Participants with significant work, volunteer, or education experience may participate in the technical classrooms. Not available for all Summer sessions.

Public Primary School

Spanish (Advanced)

Assist teachers in English-language classrooms in an all girls public primary school in an urban community. Participants may have the opportunity to assist coaching the girl's soccer team and lead recreational activities. Not available for all Summer sessions.

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Costa Rica

Cartago

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Costa Rica

Heredia

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Costa Rica

San Jose

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Community Health Education and Support

Cancer Support Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This nonprofit organization is dedicated to the prevention of cancer, providing treatment, and supporting patients and their families. Participants may be able to assist in receiving patients and writing and maintaining patient records. Observe supportive therapies developed by the center’s psychologists, or assist with educational workshops and presentations to raise cancer awareness. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

HIV Non-Profit Organization

Spanish (Advanced)

Provide workshops and educational talks to the public, conduct research and provide emotional support for patients affected by HIV, AIDS and/or STIs. Assist the organization in strengthening their prevention efforts and contributing to a better quality of life for patients. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

Children's Hospital

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This hospital treats children with a vast array of medical conditions including burns, cancer, acute conditions, premature birth, and more. Visit and read to children in the various wards. Assist volunteer staff at the hospital with the duties of the ward and boost morale of the patients through story-telling, arts and crafts projects and games. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Female participants only

Special Education Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This center empowers visually-impaired, hearing-impaired, intellectually disabled and other disabled individuals to live independently by providing counseling and physical, speech and occupational therapy in addition to music, art and physical education. Students at the center also receive dietary guidance and medical care. Become actively involved in the community by aiding educational or creative instruction, assisting in the dining area, and coordinating recreational activities.

Senior Citizens' Home

Spanish (Intermediate)

San José’s senior citizens gather at the senior citizens’ home to socialize and participate in recreational activities. Plan activities, organize games, read and talk with them, teach dance or aerobics classes and assist with everyday activities. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

Education and Literacy

After School Program

Spanish (Intermediate)

Work with an organization that provides after school and daycare services to children of limited economic resources. Be a positive role model and help students with homework and education activities. Engage the children by facilitating recreational activities, art and music projects.

Teach English at a Non-Profit Christian Organization

Spanish (Intermediate)

San José is home to many religious-based organizations which provide support to indigent people, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, street children and other marginalized groups. Serve as a role model to young students and assist with English classes and other classroom projects. Facilitate arts, crafts and other activities that help to eliminate the education and career gap. *Due to vacations, there will be limited options from mid-December through the first week of February and the first two weeks of July. It will be possible to arrange another placement for participants during these times.

Public School

Spanish (Beginning)

Serve as a teacher’s aide by grading papers, assisting students with homework and supervising the classroom. Tutor special needs students one-on-one or teach English. Facilitate recreational activities and gain practical classroom teaching experience. *Due to vacations, there will be limited options from mid-December through the first week of February and the first two weeks of July. It will be possible to arrange another placement for participants during these times.

Special Education Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This center empowers visually-impaired, hearing-impaired, intellectually disabled and other disabled individuals to live independently by providing counseling and physical, speech and occupational therapy in addition to music, art and physical education. Students at the center also receive dietary guidance and medical care. Become actively involved in the community by aiding educational or creative instruction, assisting in the dining area, and coordinating recreational activities.

Environmental, Cultural and Recreational Park

Spanish (Beginning)

Bring surrounding communities together by dedicating your time at a free and open recreational space for children and youth. This park aims to promote an appreciation for nature and the environment, arts and various recreational activities including music, sports, such as football, taekwondo and skating, and technology. Participants will have the opportunity to work on environmental projects or assist to design and run workshops, sports and recreational activities for the youth.

Health Care

Medical Clinic

Spanish (Advanced), Spanish (Intermediate)

Learn about health issues, prevention, health care and patient care in Costa Rica. Participants may be placed in a general hospital, public or private clinic, community health center or other health care settings. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with medical professionals in health care settings and may serve in a variety of ways depending on the health care facility with which they are placed, which may include preparing emergency kits, accompanying patients and sterilizing materials. Participants may also accompany trained professionals on home visits and/or assist medical staff in coordinating and conducting health campaigns on such topics as nutrition, dengue and immunizations. Please note that participants' experiences may vary depending on interests, host organization, language level and education level. This placement is ideal for individuals in nursing or pre-med fields. Please contact the Service-Learning Costa Rica Program Manager if you are interested in a particular area of medicine or health care. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

Children's Hospital

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This hospital treats children with a vast array of medical conditions including burns, cancer, acute conditions, premature birth, and more. Visit and read to children in the various wards. Assist volunteer staff at the hospital with the duties of the ward and boost morale of the patients through story-telling, arts and crafts projects and games. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Female participants only

Youth Development

After School Program

Spanish (Intermediate)

Work with an organization that provides after school and daycare services to children of limited economic resources. Be a positive role model and help students with homework and education activities. Engage the children by facilitating recreational activities, art and music projects.

Teach English at a Non-Profit Christian Organization

Spanish (Intermediate)

San José is home to many religious-based organizations which provide support to indigent people, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, street children and other marginalized groups. Serve as a role model to young students and assist with English classes and other classroom projects. Facilitate arts, crafts and other activities that help to eliminate the education and career gap. *Due to vacations, there will be limited options from mid-December through the first week of February and the first two weeks of July. It will be possible to arrange another placement for participants during these times.

Children and Youth Center

Spanish (Advanced)

This center is dedicated to supporting abandoned and at-risk children and teens by providing shelter, educational programs, and activities for social development. Assist a social worker with administrative tasks and projects, improve the center’s infrastructure with cleaning, painting and beautification projects, teach English lessons, and help students with their homework.

Environmental, Cultural and Recreational Park

Spanish (Beginning)

Bring surrounding communities together by dedicating your time at a free and open recreational space for children and youth. This park aims to promote an appreciation for nature and the environment, arts and various recreational activities including music, sports, such as football, taekwondo and skating, and technology. Participants will have the opportunity to work on environmental projects or assist to design and run workshops, sports and recreational activities for the youth.

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Peru

Cusco

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Health Care

Dental Clinics

Spanish (Beginning)

Participants will have the opportunity learn about dental care in Cusco by observing and assisting the clinic’s dentists in Cusco as they perform their daily responsibilities. Example activities include completing ondontograms, pouring molds, observing extractions as well as cleaning and sanitizing dental instruments. Participants may also be asked to assist in taking x-rays, processing lab work, and certain administrative duties such as new patient registration. *Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

Medical Clinic

Spanish (Intermediate)

Learn about healthcare in Peru through the observation of medical procedures and patient consultations. Shadow doctors and nurses, interact with patients and assist with administrative tasks to maintain efficiency and organization. *Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

Pharmacy Clinic

Spanish (Intermediate)

Placements with a pharmacy in Cusco will primarily involve observing in the medical clinics, but during certain hours of the day, participants will be able to observe a clinic's pharmacist and learn about prescription and medicine in the area. Opportunities might also include observing medical consultations, assisting the medical staff with sterilizing utensils, and visiting with patients in the waiting room. *Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

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Peru

Lima

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Child and Family Development

Family Support Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This non-profit opened in 2014 and is dedicated towards improving the health and welfare of Peruvian children. The organization provides a "home away from home" for many families that must travel to Lima so that they can be near their children during their hospitalization. Participants will assist with maintaining the facility to ensure a comfortable and welcoming environment for the families in need. Participants will also serve to support the families staying at the home during very trying times. Interested participants may have the opportunity to support fundraising events, support weekly workshops, create brochures and marketing materials, and assist in social media networking.

Labor Rights Support Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This nonprofit is dedicated to defending the rights of domestic workers and working children, as well as to providing education to children in underprivileged communities around Lima. Participants may primarily be asked to assist with tutoring in after school programs in the outskirts of Lima, and may be required to assist with workshops on Sundays. Sunday workshops are designed to promote awareness of workers’ rights and human rights, as well as to inform the public of child labor. Participants may also help organize donations of clothing, school materials and educational information, as well as participate in recreational activities with the domestic workers and children who participate in the organization’s many projects across the city.

Education and Literacy

At-Risk Youth Development and Rehabilitation Center

Spanish (High Intermediate)

Empower Peru’s at-risk youth by serving in a boy’s or girl’s home in the outskirts of the city of Lima.The goal of this organization is to promote, through prevention and rehabilitation, the healthy and integral development of children and adolescents at high risk in Peru. The aim here is to encourage functional participation in academic, social, and familial settings in a healthy and violence-free environment. ISA participants will work closely with experienced staff and volunteers to promote daily practices of hygiene and health, as well as quality education. Participant responsibilities vary from assisting with day to day operations and facility maintenance, to leading workshops in language, fitness, art, and sports. Participants with a high level of Spanish proficiency may have the opportunity to observe and assist in the center's department of Psychology. *The Center is located on the outskirts of Lima, a 45-minute commute on a provided volunteer van. This placement is not available to students on a semester study program.

Bilingual Education and Learning Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This organization offers psychological and learning assessments, and support programs to help enhance students’ skills. The center is made up of a team of experts in education: special educational teachers, psychologists, speech and sensory integration therapists and educational psychologists. Depending on skill set, experience and interests, participants may assist the professional team with teaching and tutoring, occupational therapy sessions, and learning therapy.

Childhood Education Programs at Medical Clinics

Spanish (Beginning)

Work with a nonprofit organization that enables children that are severely impacted by life-threatening illness to continue with as much normalcy as possible by bringing the classroom to their hospital rooms. Participants may assist at a Cancer Hospital or at a Children's hospital in Lima, and will assist the staff in helping these patients stay up to date on the school work they are missing during treatment and care. On days when patients are unwilling or unable to complete the curriculum, participants may engage in musical and/or crafting activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to observe how the Peruvian public health system works. *Note: This placement does not involve shadowing doctors or nurses.

Labor Rights Support Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This nonprofit is dedicated to defending the rights of domestic workers and working children, as well as to providing education to children in underprivileged communities around Lima. Participants may primarily be asked to assist with tutoring in after school programs in the outskirts of Lima, and may be required to assist with workshops on Sundays. Sunday workshops are designed to promote awareness of workers’ rights and human rights, as well as to inform the public of child labor. Participants may also help organize donations of clothing, school materials and educational information, as well as participate in recreational activities with the domestic workers and children who participate in the organization’s many projects across the city.

Environment and Conservation

Therapy and Rehabilitation

At-Risk Youth Development and Rehabilitation Center

Spanish (High Intermediate)

Empower Peru’s at-risk youth by serving in a boy’s or girl’s home in the outskirts of the city of Lima.The goal of this organization is to promote, through prevention and rehabilitation, the healthy and integral development of children and adolescents at high risk in Peru. The aim here is to encourage functional participation in academic, social, and familial settings in a healthy and violence-free environment. ISA participants will work closely with experienced staff and volunteers to promote daily practices of hygiene and health, as well as quality education. Participant responsibilities vary from assisting with day to day operations and facility maintenance, to leading workshops in language, fitness, art, and sports. Participants with a high level of Spanish proficiency may have the opportunity to observe and assist in the center's department of Psychology. *The Center is located on the outskirts of Lima, a 45-minute commute on a provided volunteer van. This placement is not available to students on a semester study program.

Children's Rehabilitation Institute

Spanish (Intermediate)

This institute serves children with physical, mental or sensory impairments. Through physical therapy, social integration, and educational activities, the children are prepared for a functional society. The institute follows an early treatment approach known as the Doman Method, and one in which the parents of the child participate actively in the rehabilitation program. Participants may have the opportunity to work directly with the children and assist the staff in various areas, such as neurology, psychology, physical therapy, education and pedagogy.

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Dominican Republic

Santiago

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Morocco

Meknes

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Jordan

Amman

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Child and Family Development

Refugee Camp Community Center

Arabic (High Intermediate)

These camps were set up in 1968 to accommodate Palestine refugees and displaced people who left the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a result of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Participants will have the opportunity to be paired with a teacher and work within the Community Center which provides refugees with practical knowledge and vocational skills training. Participants may teach English, provide tutoring assistance, coordinate sports, music and other extracurricular activities. *Placement availability dependent on issuance of security clearance and political stability at time of program.

The Family Development Association

Arabic (Beginning)

This association works under the umbrella of the Ministry of Social Development in Jordan and has two branches, both in East Amman. Both branches organize workshops that focus on general education and vocational skills. For those interested in working with children, one of the branches also operates a kindergarten. Numerous refuges have moved to this area and frequently participate in the foundation's activities. Potential participant responsibilities may include: teaching English to both staff and community members and organizing workshops to improve vocational and technical skills. The NGO also produces handcrafts and assistance in its social media and marketing efforts may be available.

Association for Social Development

Arabic (Beginning)

The Association for Social Development is an NGO located in East Amman. It organizes workshops that focus on general education, language instruction, and vocational and technical skills training. The NGO provides a conservative educational atmosphere for young adults and adolescents. Teaching English will be the participant’s primary task, but additional workshops may also available depending on the participant's skills and interests.

Education and Literacy

The Family Development Association

Arabic (Beginning)

This association works under the umbrella of the Ministry of Social Development in Jordan and has two branches, both in East Amman. Both branches organize workshops that focus on general education and vocational skills. For those interested in working with children, one of the branches also operates a kindergarten. Numerous refuges have moved to this area and frequently participate in the foundation's activities. Potential participant responsibilities may include: teaching English to both staff and community members and organizing workshops to improve vocational and technical skills. The NGO also produces handcrafts and assistance in its social media and marketing efforts may be available.

Association for Social Development

Arabic (Beginning)

The Association for Social Development is an NGO located in East Amman. It organizes workshops that focus on general education, language instruction, and vocational and technical skills training. The NGO provides a conservative educational atmosphere for young adults and adolescents. Teaching English will be the participant’s primary task, but additional workshops may also available depending on the participant's skills and interests.

School for Special Needs

Arabic (Beginning)

The School for Special Needs specializes in teaching children with a variety of learning disabilities. Depending on the specific needs of each child, the school employs behavioral, speech, and physical therapists as well as dietitians to assist the children. The school also provides training and informational courses on special education to the community. Participants may assist the teachers and staff with educational workshops, recreational activities, and English lessons. Leading and planning sports activities during the school's summer camp may also be needed.

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India

Malavli

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Health Care

Healthcare in India

English (Advanced)

This program combines Clinical Rotation in Mumbai and Rural and Public Health Care in Malavli to allow participants to observe the difference between India’s urban and rural healthcare systems.From large, sophisticated specialty hospitals in Mumbai to basic health care delivery in the villages surrounding Malavli, participants are provided the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of India’s healthcare sector. Participants have the opportunity to observe various medical procedures and patient consultations by visiting approved clinics and shadowing dedicated health professionals. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Note: Participants will spend half of the program in the city of Mumbai, and the other half in the rural village of Malavli. Where the program will begin/end varies by term.

Rural and Public Health Care

English (Advanced)

Travel through Malavli and surrounding villages to observe the rural health sector through charitable hospitals or private clinics that provide health care in rural areas. Participants may accompany doctors and nurses in mobile health vans to rural villages, observe outpatient procedures and surgeries in rural hospitals. This program is the rural component of the Healthcare in India program. *Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

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India

Mumbai

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Health Care

Clinical Rotation

English (Advanced)

Learn about health care delivery and health problems faced by urban communities in India by shadowing health professionals in private hospitals, clinics and care centers in the city. Participants may have the opportunity to observe surgeries and medical procedures, as well as some patient consultations. Placements may also involve occupational therapy, speech therapy or physiotherapy in institutions that serve underprivileged children with physical and learning disabilities. Clinical Rotation is the urban component of the Healthcare in India program. *Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

Healthcare in India

English (Advanced)

This program combines Clinical Rotation in Mumbai and Rural and Public Health Care in Malavli to allow participants to observe the difference between India’s urban and rural healthcare systems. From large, sophisticated specialty hospitals in Mumbai to basic health care delivery in the villages surrounding Malavli, participants are provided the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of India’s healthcare sector. Participants have the opportunity to observe various medical procedures and patient consultations by visiting approved clinics and shadowing dedicated health professionals. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Note: Participants will spend half of the program in the city of Mumbai, and the other half in the rural village of Malavli. Where the program will begin/end varies by term.

Maternity Center

English (Advanced)

Gain a better understanding of the Indian urban healthcare system by shadowing physicians in Mumbai during patient consultations and observing surgeries on different gynecological issues and conditions such as cervical cancer, pregnancy, fetal well-being, fertility, and abortion. Participate in projects and workshops to increase awareness on patient safety. *Female participants only *Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

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South Africa

Cape Town

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Education and Literacy

Youth Community Exchange Center

English (Advanced)

This organization drives social change in South Africa by enabling disadvantaged learners to lift each other out of poverty and into tertiary education or employment. Assist staff and tutors, many of whom are previous beneficiaries of the program themselves, in a variety of areas such as after school tutoring in Math and English, promotion through social media, fundraising, administrative tasks, and more. *This placement is not available full-time, only with Study + Service-Learning Combo.

Preschool

English (Advanced)

Partner with a head teacher to coordinate various learning activities for children ages 2-5 years old from low-income families that this center aims to support by offering childcare. As the center provides three meals per day, participants will assist with meal planning, preparations and cleaning up the kitchen and eating area. *This placement is not available full-time, only with Study + Service-Learning Combo.

School for Special Needs

English (Advanced)

Offering a mainstream curriculum for learners with physical disabilities, this school was founded in 1974 as a school for “differently abled” children in Xkosa-speaking communities of the Cape townships. Participants may assist in the following areas: administrative duties, coaching sports or leading other activities, supervising students during lunch and recreation times, classroom assistance and more depending on interests and skills. *This placement is for full-time, 12-week participants only.

South African Education Project

English (Advanced)

The South African Education Project is a non-profit organization that empowers young people through tutoring, enrichment and support. Its academic, enrichment and personal development programs are for children, youth and education providers. Based in one of Cape Town’s most under-resourced black townships, the organization has defined eight specific education programs for a variety of age groups. Participants’ responsibilities will vary based on the specific program for which they are accepted. *This placement requires a Skype interview and is only available for full-time, 12-week service-learning participants.

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Ireland

Galway

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