Service-Learning Program Locations

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Chile

Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

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Business and Marketing

Community Exchange Center

Spanish (Advanced)

This organization believes that every individual has a skill to share. This community exchange center offers a space for Valparaíso to come and connect with their neighbors through skill-trade classes and workshops at low or no cost. Classes range from dance, art, craft, cooking, English language, massage, art therapy, and environmental workshops. The center also has a small store, where they sell baked goods to fundraise for the center as well as for other community charities that they are affiliated with. Based on participants' skills and interests, participants will have the opportunity to assist or teach their own workshop or class, aid environmental projects, run the organization's website and social media platforms, handle administrative tasks, and more. A successful participant will be an individual who is ready and willing to help in a variety of tasks to meet the organization's mission. *This placement is not available full-time, only with Study + Service-Learning Combo.

Microenterprise NGO

Spanish (High Intermediate)

Work in a center that is dedicated to delivering theoretical and practical tools to entrepreneurs to start and run successful businesses as a way out of poverty. Teach English classes (basic, advanced, tourist or business) or computer classes (Word, Excel, basic computation, typing, etc), tutor in the areas of management, business, finance and public relations and conduct cooking classes. Participants may also aid in the creation of the organization’s newsletter.

Education

Community Exchange Center

Spanish (Advanced)

This organization believes that every individual has a skill to share. This community exchange center offers a space for Valparaíso to come and connect with their neighbors through skill-trade classes and workshops at low or no cost. Classes range from dance, art, craft, cooking, English language, massage, art therapy, and environmental workshops. The center also has a small store, where they sell baked goods to fundraise for the center as well as for other community charities that they are affiliated with. Based on participants' skills and interests, participants will have the opportunity to assist or teach their own workshop or class, aid environmental projects, run the organization's website and social media platforms, handle administrative tasks, and more. A successful participant will be an individual who is ready and willing to help in a variety of tasks to meet the organization's mission. *This placement is not available full-time, only with Study + Service-Learning Combo.

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.

Microenterprise NGO

Spanish (High Intermediate)

Work in a center that is dedicated to delivering theoretical and practical tools to entrepreneurs to start and run successful businesses as a way out of poverty. Teach English classes (basic, advanced, tourist or business) or computer classes (Word, Excel, basic computation, typing, etc), tutor in the areas of management, business, finance and public relations and conduct cooking classes. Participants may also aid in the creation of the organization’s newsletter.

Nursery School

Spanish (Advanced)

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.

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 School

Spanish (Advanced)

Assist teachers in English-language classrooms in public schools in rural and semi-urban communities. Assist with classes or teach a class on your own. Organize English conversation tables, write lesson plans, grade papers, aid students with homework and help supervise the classroom. Not available for all Summer sessions.

Health

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 has limited availability during the summer. Please contact the ISA Service-Learning Program Manager for more information.

Medical Clinic

Spanish (Advanced)

Work in a clinic whose mission is to provide the best quality health care for the people of Valparaíso. Observe medical procedures, learn medical terminology, shadow doctors and help provide social, educational and medical outreach to the community. This placement is ideal for those going into the medical field. *Additional fees apply for placements in Medical Clinics. Please contact ISA Service-Learning for more information.

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.

Social Work

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 has limited availability during the summer. Please contact the ISA Service-Learning Program Manager for more information.

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.

Children's Rehabilitation Center

Spanish (Advanced)

Support the efforts of this multifaceted organization that promotes social integration and inclusion of people with disabilities within the community. Create a positive environment by providing recreational and educational activities for the children during their free time. Guide new patients through the center and acquaint them with the facility. Participants may also assist in the organization’s campaign to spread awareness about disabilities.

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Costa Rica

Cartago

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Education

Bilingual School

Spanish (Beginning)

Work as a high school English teacher’s assistant at this state-funded bilingual school. Assist students with reading, writing, listening and speaking lessons. There may also be opportunities to assist with physical education and/or art classes. This is an excellent placement for those interested in gaining classroom 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.

Center for Cerebral Palsy

Spanish (Intermediate)

Observe therapists to gain a better understanding of the challenges and issues facing people with cerebral palsy. Assist this non-profit NGO with patient support, the development of new educational materials, updating current pamphlets and working on social media campaigns.

Center for Disabilities

Spanish (Advanced)

Shadow physical therapists as they work with patients with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Assist with physical education classes, help to develop health campaigns and assist with micro-enterprise projects that aim to instruct its members on sustainable forms of generating income and becoming self-sufficient. There may be opportunities to help with English classes, cooking lessons and/or art projects.

Environmental Department

Spanish (Intermediate)

Join the Cartago municipal government in its efforts to educate the community on environmental issues. Increase your understanding of international and governmental conservation efforts. Develop educational talks, workshops and campaigns for local schools and assist in other educational outreach.

School for At-Risk Boys

Spanish (Intermediate)

Support this organization as it reaches out to at-risk teenage boys that are living in extreme poverty. Assist with technical workshops in areas such as painting, carpentry, welding, computers, English, etc. Tutor students in math, English, and other subjects. Help with administrative activities such as taking inventories, preparing meals and digitizing documents.

Youth Development Organization

Spanish (Intermediate)

Collaborate with the local government to promote awareness among Costa Rican youth about environmental, health and social issues. Past projects have included environmental and health campaigns, organizing cultural activities and working at local day cares and youth centers with at-risk children.

Children's Home

Spanish (Intermediate)

Increase children’s self-esteem by ensuring they receive one-on-one attention. The main focus will be on improving the children’s quality of life through games, activities and play. Additional activities may include assisting with administrative tasks or helping the younger children with motor skill development.

Social Work

Center for Cerebral Palsy

Spanish (Intermediate)

Observe therapists to gain a better understanding of the challenges and issues facing people with cerebral palsy. Assist this non-profit NGO with patient support, the development of new educational materials, updating current pamphlets and working on social media campaigns.

Center for Disabilities

Spanish (Advanced)

Shadow physical therapists as they work with patients with Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Assist with physical education classes, help to develop health campaigns and assist with micro-enterprise projects that aim to instruct its members on sustainable forms of generating income and becoming self-sufficient. There may be opportunities to help with English classes, cooking lessons and/or art projects.

School for At-Risk Boys

Spanish (Intermediate)

Support this organization as it reaches out to at-risk teenage boys that are living in extreme poverty. Assist with technical workshops in areas such as painting, carpentry, welding, computers, English, etc. Tutor students in math, English, and other subjects. Help with administrative activities such as taking inventories, preparing meals and digitizing documents.

Youth Development Organization

Spanish (Intermediate)

Collaborate with the local government to promote awareness among Costa Rican youth about environmental, health and social issues. Past projects have included environmental and health campaigns, organizing cultural activities and working at local day cares and youth centers with at-risk children.

Children's Home

Spanish (Intermediate)

Increase children’s self-esteem by ensuring they receive one-on-one attention. The main focus will be on improving the children’s quality of life through games, activities and play. Additional activities may include assisting with administrative tasks or helping the younger children with motor skill development.

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Costa Rica

Heredia

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Costa Rica

San Jose

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Education

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.

Museums

Spanish (Advanced)

The rich cultural history of Costa Rica can be explored at one of several organizations including an art museum, natural history museum and children’s museum. Promote awareness of the rich cultural history of Costa Rica by organizing and coordinating projects for children, lead guided tours, assist with marketing and PR projects, coordinate special events and translate marketing materials. This placement is ideal for individuals interested in archaeology, anthropology, museology, education and administration.

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.

Zoo

Spanish (Beginning)

Dedicated to the preservation of endangered species, this zoo serves as an educational tool to promote scientific research and educate the general public on environmental issues and wildlife conservation. Participants will rotate throughout different areas of the zoo to provide needed assistance. Tasks may include planting and transplanting seeds, maintaining paths and trails, feeding and caring for the animals, assisting in the animal clinic, and working in the conservation center.

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 and technology. Participants will have the opportunity to work on environmental projects or assist to design and run workshops and recreational activities for the youth.

Health

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. Video Media Project: The Cancer Support Center is in need of a participant with a background in Film and Media to create a video that will promote the center and its initiatives in cancer prevention and support in the community. This video will be used as a tool to bring awareness of the center and its mission in hopes to bring in other individuals willing to engage with the community and serve at the center. Please contact an ISA Service-Learning Program Manager for more information.

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.

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.

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. *Female participants only

Social Work

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.

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. Video Media Project: The Cancer Support Center is in need of a participant with a background in Film and Media to create a video that will promote the center and its initiatives in cancer prevention and support in the community. This video will be used as a tool to bring awareness of the center and its mission in hopes to bring in other individuals willing to engage with the community and serve at the center. Please contact an ISA Service-Learning Program Manager for more information.

Center for Peace Studies

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This organization works to transform the culture of violence in the communities of San Jose and promote alternatives to violence by forming an atmosphere of support, solidarity, and functional communication. Participants will assist the organization in giving workshops and educational talks, researching new information, and providing general emotional support for patients.

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.

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. *Female participants only

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.

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.

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.

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. This placement is ideal for practicing Spanish language skills and learning about Costa Rican history.

Family Support Center

Spanish (Beginning)

This charitable, non-profit organization is dedicated toward improving the health and welfare of Costa Rican children. The organization also provides a "home away from home" for many families so that they can be near their children during their hospitalization. Participants may have the opportunity to support fundraising events, support weekly workshops, create brochures and marketing materials and assist in the general upkeep of the facility. Participants are encouraged to propose projects according to their field of study that would benefit the organization.

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Peru

Cusco

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Education

Childhood Education Programs

Spanish (Intermediate)

Assist teachers with their classroom duties as well as help lead English classes. Support students through mentoring, assisting with homework, initiating activities and educational games. Develop activities with arts and crafts as well as music education. Observe teaching techniques and assist teachers with lesson planning and preparation. Placements are available at various public schools and after-school centers.

Special Education

Spanish (Beginning)

This organization offers comprehensive services for children and young people with special needs. These services aim to improve the quality of life for these youth by teaching them how to better interact in their social and academic environments. Participants will have the opportunity to observe practices like speech and physical therapy, as well as provide support for teachers and therapists in the classroom.

Youth Development Organizations

Spanish (Beginning)

Work with street children from underprivileged homes to create a welcoming and safe environment at after school centers and transitional homes for troubled youth. Play games with the children, help with their homework and organize recreational afternoon activities. Participants may also lead and teach classes such as English, painting, drawing and music. Each of these organizations seek to provide a strong moral structure in which high risk youth from the streets of Cusco are able to improve their self-esteem and gain important life skills.

Health

Dental Clinics

Spanish (Beginning)

Participants will have the opportunity to observe and assist the clinic’s dentists as they perform their daily responsibilities. Example acitivites include completing ondontograms, assisting in the drilling and filling of cavities, observing extractions and other various operations, and cleaning and sanitizing dental instruments. Participants may also be asked to assist in taking x-rays, lab work, patient care, and certain administrative duties such as new patient registration.

Medical Clinic

Spanish (Intermediate)

Work with the local Cusqueños to promote good health and nutrition through community participatory activities. Participants would begin by assisting the medical staff with various tasks and paperwork, which will expose them to medical terminology and office procedures. ISA participants will also have the opportunity to shadow doctors to gain knowledge and experience in the medical field in the developing world. Participants will focus on patient service and care by assisting the medical staff with various tasks and office procedures for local residents, transients and tourists alike. Participants will visit with patients in the waiting room, assist in translation services and under supervision take basic measurements such as height, weight and blood pressure while learning about the medical system of Peru.

Pharmacy Clinic

Spanish (Intermediate)

Although participant activities will vary from day to day, they will be able to assist the pharmacy staff by filling prescriptions, insuring that current medicines are sealed, and keeping medicines stocked. Duties might also include observing medical consultations, assisting the medical staff, providing explanations about prescriptions and, under supervision, taking patients’ blood pressure, height and weight. ISA participants also have the opportunity to visit with patients in the waiting room and assist them with certain tasks.

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Peru

Lima

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Business and Marketing

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 also provides a "home away from home" for many families so that they can be near their children during their hospitalization. Participants may have the opportunity to support fundraising events, support weekly workshops, create brochures and marketing materials, assist in social media networking and assist in the general upkeep of the facility. This is an ideal placement for students seeking experience in social work, counseling and public relations.

Non-Profit Community Outreach Organization

Spanish (Intermediate)

This is a nonprofit organization that works directly with local communities in Lima that are struggling for economic justice. Participants may contribute to efforts to enhance educational opportunities, train local leaders, and support neighborhood-led development. Responsibilities will vary depending on skills and interests, but may include helping local community members with and academic endeavors, or assisting with administrative projects like impact evaluation or marketing and communications. *This organization is on the outskirts of Lima, and would require onsite housing or a long commute. Contact ISA Service-Learning for more information.

Online Community Editorial

Spanish (Intermediate)

This small editorial group caters to English-speaking visitors and residents of Peru. They publish articles that cover news, culture, food and more. While the content is all published in English, correspondence with local community members and organizations is crucial for updating content. Participants may assist with community correspondence and story fact-checking, or event planning and marketing. There may also be opportunities to write assigned articles for site publication. *Only one participant accepted per term.

Education

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.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. *This placement recently relocated and now requires a substantial commute of at least 1 hour each way. Only serious participants preferred.

Bilingual Education and Learning Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

The organization offers psychological and learning assessments, support programs and helps enhance students’ talents. 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, occupational therapy sessions, learning therapy, as well as psychological evaluations.

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, attending classes and developing physically, emotionally and intellectually. Participants have the opportunity to assist at a Cancer Hospital and at a Children's hospital and will assist the staff in activities, such as teaching English, math, etc, leading recreational activities, music, arts and crafts, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to observe how the Peruvian public health system works and the reality of different sectors of the population of Peru. *Note: This placement does not involve shadowing doctors or nurses.

Environmental and Sustainability Non-Profit Organization

Spanish (Beginning)

This non-profit's mission is to raise awareness about the social and environmental benefits of recycling and the negative consequences of plastic pollution, especially in aquatic ecosystems. There may be opportunities to create graphics and ads, research the effects of marine debris in Peru, and develop information sessions for children, youth, and adults.

Labor Rights Support Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This nonprofit is dedicated to defending the rights of domestic workers and working children. Participants will promote awareness of workers’ rights and human rights mainly through workshops and other educational activities. 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.

Non-Profit Community Outreach Organization

Spanish (Intermediate)

This is a nonprofit organization that works directly with local communities in Lima that are struggling for economic justice. Participants may contribute to efforts to enhance educational opportunities, train local leaders, and support neighborhood-led development. Responsibilities will vary depending on skills and interests, but may include helping local community members with and academic endeavors, or assisting with administrative projects like impact evaluation or marketing and communications. *This organization is on the outskirts of Lima, and would require onsite housing or a long commute. Contact ISA Service-Learning for more information.

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 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.

Health

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.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. *This placement recently relocated and now requires a substantial commute of at least 1 hour each way. Only serious participants preferred.

Bilingual Education and Learning Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

The organization offers psychological and learning assessments, support programs and helps enhance students’ talents. 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, occupational therapy sessions, learning therapy, as well as psychological evaluations.

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 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.

Social Work

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.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. *This placement recently relocated and now requires a substantial commute of at least 1 hour each way. Only serious participants preferred.

Bilingual Education and Learning Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

The organization offers psychological and learning assessments, support programs and helps enhance students’ talents. 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, occupational therapy sessions, learning therapy, as well as psychological evaluations.

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, attending classes and developing physically, emotionally and intellectually. Participants have the opportunity to assist at a Cancer Hospital and at a Children's hospital and will assist the staff in activities, such as teaching English, math, etc, leading recreational activities, music, arts and crafts, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to observe how the Peruvian public health system works and the reality of different sectors of the population of Peru. *Note: This placement does not involve shadowing doctors or nurses.

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 also provides a "home away from home" for many families so that they can be near their children during their hospitalization. Participants may have the opportunity to support fundraising events, support weekly workshops, create brochures and marketing materials, assist in social media networking and assist in the general upkeep of the facility. This is an ideal placement for students seeking experience in social work, counseling and public relations.

Labor Rights Support Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This nonprofit is dedicated to defending the rights of domestic workers and working children. Participants will promote awareness of workers’ rights and human rights mainly through workshops and other educational activities. 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.

Non-Profit Community Outreach Organization

Spanish (Intermediate)

This is a nonprofit organization that works directly with local communities in Lima that are struggling for economic justice. Participants may contribute to efforts to enhance educational opportunities, train local leaders, and support neighborhood-led development. Responsibilities will vary depending on skills and interests, but may include helping local community members with and academic endeavors, or assisting with administrative projects like impact evaluation or marketing and communications. *This organization is on the outskirts of Lima, and would require onsite housing or a long commute. Contact ISA Service-Learning for more information.

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 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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Education

School for the Blind

Spanish (Intermediate)

This educational institute provides much needed social services to adults who are blind or visually impaired. This organization empowers economically disadvantaged and often marginalized members of society by equipping them with the tools they need to live independently. Services include training in Braille, support in developing micro-enterprises, medical treatment and a support system to help foster independence. Participants may help with the instruction and therapy of students to empower them to complete their daily activities independently.

Technical School

Spanish (Intermediate)

The technical school was founded as an educational resource for low-income communities in Santiago. Participants will have the opportunity to teach beginning-level English language classes to a variety of age groups. It is possible that participants will serve as the main English language instructor or as an assistant English language instructor. Participants have the opportunity to observe class, assist with lesson planning and instruction, correct homework, and create evaluations. This placement is ideal for participants who have had previous teaching experience and would like to create an academic curriculum and manage their own classroom.

Children's Dining Hall

Spanish (Intermediate)

This organization is dedicated to promoting and coordinating activities that lead to successful development for some of the most disadvantaged youth in Santiago. Participants will have the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of children who utilize the dining hall for meals, education and healthcare. Activities include facilitating recreational activities, creating engaging educational activities, serving meals and acting as a positive mentor. *This placement has limited availability June - September as students involved in this organization are on summer vacation.

Health

Public Health Clinics

Spanish (Intermediate)

Neighborhood public health clinics throughout Santiago remain understaffed, resulting in a high need for volunteers, NGOs, and international health professionals to assist in providing basic medical services. Participants have the opportunity to observe doctors and nurses during consultations with patients, take blood pressure, take height and weight measurements, update patient files, provide basic medical information to patients under the supervision of a health professional, and assist with public health initiatives in the community.

Pharmacy

Spanish (Intermediate)

This pharmaceutical dispensary provides low-cost medications to smaller communities surrounding Santiago. Working closely with staff at the central warehouse, participants help to sort, organize and distribute medication to the smaller dispensaries after they arrive at the central pharmacy. Participants may also tend to patients who purchase medications at the warehouse as well as assist with invoice preparation, inventory management and translations of the instructions on medication labels.

Rehabilitation Center

Spanish (Low Intermediate)

This organization serves both children and adults with physical, mental and sensory impairments. Through physical therapy, occupational therapy, social integration, and group activities, patients become reincorporated into a functional society. The center also sponsors two youth programs, which serve children with disabilities from low-income households and strive to create a consciousness for human rights. Participants may have the opportunity to observe social workers and physical therapists during their sessions, help with the patient intake process, go on house visits, and support patients under supervision.

Social Work

Pharmacy

Spanish (Intermediate)

This pharmaceutical dispensary provides low-cost medications to smaller communities surrounding Santiago. Working closely with staff at the central warehouse, participants help to sort, organize and distribute medication to the smaller dispensaries after they arrive at the central pharmacy. Participants may also tend to patients who purchase medications at the warehouse as well as assist with invoice preparation, inventory management and translations of the instructions on medication labels.

Rehabilitation Center

Spanish (Low Intermediate)

This organization serves both children and adults with physical, mental and sensory impairments. Through physical therapy, occupational therapy, social integration, and group activities, patients become reincorporated into a functional society. The center also sponsors two youth programs, which serve children with disabilities from low-income households and strive to create a consciousness for human rights. Participants may have the opportunity to observe social workers and physical therapists during their sessions, help with the patient intake process, go on house visits, and support patients under supervision.

School for the Blind

Spanish (Intermediate)

This educational institute provides much needed social services to adults who are blind or visually impaired. This organization empowers economically disadvantaged and often marginalized members of society by equipping them with the tools they need to live independently. Services include training in Braille, support in developing micro-enterprises, medical treatment and a support system to help foster independence. Participants may help with the instruction and therapy of students to empower them to complete their daily activities independently.

Technical School

Spanish (Intermediate)

The technical school was founded as an educational resource for low-income communities in Santiago. Participants will have the opportunity to teach beginning-level English language classes to a variety of age groups. It is possible that participants will serve as the main English language instructor or as an assistant English language instructor. Participants have the opportunity to observe class, assist with lesson planning and instruction, correct homework, and create evaluations. This placement is ideal for participants who have had previous teaching experience and would like to create an academic curriculum and manage their own classroom.

Children's Dining Hall

Spanish (Intermediate)

This organization is dedicated to promoting and coordinating activities that lead to successful development for some of the most disadvantaged youth in Santiago. Participants will have the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of children who utilize the dining hall for meals, education and healthcare. Activities include facilitating recreational activities, creating engaging educational activities, serving meals and acting as a positive mentor. *This placement has limited availability June - September as students involved in this organization are on summer vacation.

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Morocco

Meknes

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Education

At-Risk Youth Foundation

Arabic (Beginning), French (Beginning)

This foundation currently operates two homes in central Meknes to support orphaned or abandoned children. They have almost 300 children/infants in their care. The foundation fights to protect children's rights and international adoption policies. Participants will develop educational workshops and serve as mentors to the children. There may also be opportunities to assist the administrative staff in the fundraising process and marketing outreach for the foundation, including finding suitable adoptive families.

Youth Development Center

French (Beginning), Arabic (Beginning)

This center provides support and reintegration services for adolescent boys. Work with staff to build rapport with the boys, teach English, and develop educational workshops on topics such as health, music, arts, sports, and reading. *Male participants only.

Learning Center

French (Beginning), Arabic (Beginning)

This learning center is located in the heart of the medina of Meknes. In addition to offering a peaceful and quite space for students to prepare for exams, free language classes are taught in the streets of the medina. French, English, Spanish, Italian and German are all offered. They also offer math and science classes. Participants will have the opportunity to teach English at varying levels to the Moroccan students. Participants are also encouraged to take initiative and create clubs within the center, such as homework or conversation clubs, to further the learning process.

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Jordan

Amman

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Education

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. Sanabel 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.

At-Risk Youth Institute

Arabic (Beginning)

The At-Risk Youth Institute was established to relieve the ongoing struggles faced by orphans and abandoned youth after they reach the age of 16. At this critical age, these youth are expected to leave the social institutions in which they were raised and start leading their lives among the local community. The Institute strives to professionally train and help these young adults develop their already existing abilities and find working opportunities that will help them become independent. Assistance in the areas of fundraising, social media and marketing, teaching, as well as organizing specific events hosted by the Institute will be needed.

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India

Malavli

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India

Mumbai

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Health

Center for Disabled Children

English (Advanced)

The center where participants will be placed serves around 70 children full time. Under supervision of the teachers and the lead physiotherapist, participants will carry out many activities, such as: assisting in the teaching of English and other general education courses, accompanying the children during their day-to-day activities, facilitating recreational activities, assisting with the maintenance and beautification of the center, and caring for the children when necessary. Participants that are studying physical or occupational therapy can shadow the doctor and special education teacher, and provide assistance during the therapy. *Note: Availability may be limited May - June.

Clinical Rotation

English (Advanced)

Learn about health care delivery and health problems faced by urban communities in India by shadowing doctors in private hospitals during consultations and observing surgeries. Placements may also be occupational therapy, speech therapy or physiotherapy in institutions that serve underprivileged children with physical and learning disabilities.

Healthcare in India

English (Advanced)

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 may be able to observe various medical procedures and patient consultations by visiting approved clinics and shadowing dedicated health professionals. *Note: Participants will spend half of the program in the big city of Mumbai, and the other half in the rural village of Malavli.

Hospital

English (Advanced)

Shadow the doctors and nurses in the ICU at a local hospital. Observe various surgical procedures, and attend medical camps and outreach programs organized by the hospital. This placement is ideal for those going into the medical field.

Maternity Center

English (Advanced)

Gain a better understanding of the Indian urban healthcare system by shadowing physicians 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

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South Africa

Cape Town

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Education

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.