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Service Learning




The goal of a Service Learning project is to immerse yourself into a community and learn from them. Ideally, a Service Learning project is a mutual exchange in which you contribute your time, talents and skills to a project or people group in order to benefit them. Often, returnee volunteers describe their Service Learning program as a humbling learning experience.

Service Learning programs give individuals the out-of-classroom exposure to cultures, language, environments, people groups, ideas, and traditions that they may not otherwise have an opportunity to experience in their hometown. Traveling overseas often gives participants a new perspective on life and provides lasting memories and stories to share with others upon returning to their hometown.



International Education Programs (IEP): Jacksonville University



IEP offers customized volunteer programs to students, recent graduates, and individuals from all academic backgrounds and levels of experience. Volunteer placements are based on the country location, length of stay, and desired project type.

IEP volunteer projects focus on community development and service. Our goal is to provide placements where participants can contribute to a community while learning from the local people and environment.

All volunteer programs include the customized placement, housing, travel insurance, airport pickup, on-site orientation and support services. Additional amenities such as language training may be included.


Cross Cultural Solutions



Cross-Cultural Solutions is widely known as the leading organization in the field of international volunteering.

Our volunteer programs are unique in every way. Our global infrastructure supports thousands of international volunteers each year and over 250 sustainable community initiatives. More than 250 CCS in-country staff members are working year-round, ensuring that you are volunteering with a project that interests you and is contributing directly to the goals of each community. No other short-term international volunteer program has such a global presence and community-centered approach toward volunteering abroad.

To most effectively support you and the local projects we work with, CCS is part of the community, working in partnership with grassroots organizations. With so many thousands of people relying on us worldwide, we are committed to excellence in everything we do. It's what every volunteer and each local community we work with deserves.


The British Universities North America Club (BUNAC)


BUNAC's overseas work/travel and volunteer programmes offer students and young people an enriching and affordable alternative to package tourism. On a BUNAC programme, you have the chance to live and breathe another culture from the inside rather than simply passing through as a tourist. For more than 46 years, BUNAC has made it possible for many thousands of young people to explore the world through work and travel opportunities.

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American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)


AIFS is recognized as a leading provider of study abroad programs. Since 1964, over 1.2 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS. With more than 40 years of experience, we have the resources and experience to provide what our students want and need in a study abroad program, and to safeguard their welfare around the globe.

Unlike many other study abroad programs or independent study options, AIFS program fees are guaranteed in dollars. Our program fee is also all-inclusive, making it simple for you to live and study abroad and experience all that the world has to offer.

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International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership (IPSL)


IPSL programs combine academic studies and volunteer service and full cultural immersion to give students a deeper, more meaningful study abroad experience.

The IPSL community lives on just about every continent. Our community comprises faculty, administrators, service-learning fans, non-profits, NGOs, alumni, and students. Our passion is service, community development, and social justice. Click on a link below to learn more about the people who make IPSL programs possible.


Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET)



The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, now in its 24th year, is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. The number of countries sending participants has risen over the years, as has the number of participants. In 2010, the Programme has welcomed 4,334 participants from 36 countries.

No matter where you go in Japan today, you will find JET participants developing strong relationships with their local communities through foreign language education and international exchange activities. After completing their time on the Programme, many former JET participants use their experiences in Japan to continue enhancing relations between Japan and their home countries.

The JET Programme has gained high acclaim both domestically and internationally for its role in advancing mutual understanding and for being one of the world's largest exchange programmes. We hope many more individuals and regions will participate on the JET Programme during the 21st century so that even more progress can be made in the internationalisation of our local communities.


Via International


Via International is dedicated to building "paths to self-reliance for an interdependent world." Via International has more than 35 years of experience addressing community needs by supporting community members to become agents of positive change. Emerging from the communities, programs are designed to improve quality of life through nutrition and ecology training, community leadership education, and microcredit and microenterprise support.

"Voluntours" programs offer educational travel and service learning opportunities to engage with community development initiatives. The Via Institute provides a framework to nourish personal development, foster community engagement, strengthen organizations, and promote global dialogue.