ISA Pay It Forward: Funding Sustainable Projects Around the World


What is the ISA Pay It Forward program?

Great Question.

ISA’s Pay It Forward program is a grant fund that supports ongoing sustainable development projects that aim to develop innovative and practical solutions for communities around the world.

Grants are awarded directly to ISA Service-Learning partner organizations in order to support their projects.

The Pay It Forward program was twice nominated for the GoAbroad Innovation in Philanthropy Award!

How can you be a part of the Pay it Forward movement?

It’s simple.

All ISA students have the opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ through the ISA Student Portal. Go to the Payments & Charges section and indicate that they would like to contribute to the ISA Pay It Forward program.  A $5 donation will automatically be added to your balance.

100% of ISA Pay It Forward donations go toward funding sustainable projects identified by our ISA Service-Learning community partners in 13 cities around the world.

What is an example of a project funded by the Pay It Forward program?

The first partner organization selected to receive the Pay It Forward grant was Patio Volantín in Valparaíso, Chile. Through the financial support of ISA Pay It Forward along with the hard work of local community members and ISA Service-Learning students, the community exchange center built a community garden and turned an abandoned building into a gorgeous green space.

Click here to learn more about the Pay It Forward Program and the inaugural ISA Pay It Forward project in Valparaíso, Chile.

ISA Service-Learning students play an important role in the success of these projects throughout their program. Additionally, ISA students may have the opportunity to lend a helping hand during their program on an ISA Volunteer Day.

Ready to ‘pay it forward’? Head to your ISA Student Portal to make your contribution now.

For more information about ISA Pay It Forward, please e-mail

Author: International Studies Abroad (ISA)

Since 1987, International Studies Abroad (ISA) has provided college students in the United States and Canada the opportunity to explore the world. ISA offers a wide variety of study abroad programs at accredited schools and universities in 73 program locations throughout the world.

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