Making Connections Through Service-Learning

By Becky Richey, Service-Learning Academic Coordinator

Depending on the type or location of your ISA program, you can interact with people from the community through your classes, living with a host family, or in university dorms. Why stop there, though? With Service-Learning, you can gain a whole new branch of connections at a local host organization. These can be people your same age, veterans in the community development field, English-language learners, environmental advocates, or someone who recently received the title of Dame by the Queen of England. The list goes on and on!

In the age of packing on extra-curricular activities to bolster your resume for the looming job hunt, volunteering (be that domestic or international) is a common option for students and lifetime-learners alike. Visit the Service-Learning website for more information about our full-time programs or options to add Service-Learning to your ISA study program.

Salamanca-Jane D'Entremont English Workshop Biblioteca T. Ballester
Spring 2019 Service-Learning Participant in Salamanca running an English Language Workshop for Adults

Meet ISA Service-Learning

In a cross-cultural service-learning setting, your position will entail completing tasks that meet the needs of our community partner organizations. In order to prepare for this experience and learn more about what is expected of you as a Service-Learning participant, you will have a 30-45 minute Interview and Advising Session with our Placement Coordinator, Julia Pfeiffer.

In addition to serving in a local organization, you will complete reflection assignments that help you think critically about your experience. For more information about being placed with a host organization or the reflection assignments, reach out to Julia at or Becky at

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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