Service-Learning Program Locations

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Chile

Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

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Education

English Language Institute

Spanish (Intermediate)

This English Language Institute is a training center that focuses on teaching the practical use of English in the workplace and everyday life to youth and adults. Participants in this role may 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 have opportunities to assist administrators in program development or research projects.

Education Center for Children with Disabilities

Spanish (Intermediate)

This center is for children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 12 years-old. In addition to conducting primary education classes, the center also provides a multi-sensory stimulation classroom where students observe 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. *This organization is closed from the middle December until the end of February for Summer vacation and in July for winter break.

Technical High School

Spanish (Beginning)

This technical high school is dedicated to the education of technical professions such as gastronomy, food engineering, chemistry, automotive technology, and port operation. High school graduates from this program are awarded a certification in their technical area, which provides them with the skill-sets they need to start their technical career. Participants in the school may work alongside English teachers to assist students between the ages of 14-18 with grammar, pronunciation, homework, lead tutorial sessions, and plan English language activities. Participants with significant work, volunteer, or education experience may also have opportunities to participate in the technical classrooms. *This organization is closed from mid-December until the end of February for Summer vacation and in July for winter break.

Health

Health Clinics

Spanish (Advanced)

These health clinics throughout Valparaíso are part of the Ministry of Education and Health and seek to provide the best quality basic healthcare, consultations, and health education. Participants in this role may observe consultations, learn health field terminology, participate in administrative duties performed in a health care setting, and help provide social, educational, and health and wellness outreach to the community. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Spots at health clinics are limited. *Additional fees may apply for placements in medical clinics for required materials. **Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.**

Center for Infantile Nutrition

Spanish (Beginning)

This center aims to promote infantile nutrition by providing health care and tending to developmental needs. Based on participants' skills and interests, they may help with web design projects and also aid with marketing and local fundraising efforts for the center. The organization is working to procure funding in order to implement a construction project and build an interior patio and play area for the toddlers. Students that have experience or interest in fundraising or construction may assist with these projects. It is important to note that participants will be working in close proximity to a vulnerable population of infants and toddlers suffering from secondary malnutrition and other health disorders, however, direct interaction will be limited. Participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

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Spain

Granada

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Family and Youth Development

Family Support Center for Children with Autism

Spanish (Intermediate)

The mission of the organization is to support children on the autism spectrum as well as their families. The aim is to enhance the well-being of the family unit through fun and recreational activities including music, art, and play therapy as well as guardian(s) support mechanisms. Additionally, the center provides space to respond to the needs of this group in Granada. Serve alongside community members to carry out workshops designed for children with autism which promote autonomy, manual skills, and psychomotor skills. PLEASE NOTE: In July, the organization runs a summer school for children with disabilities. The organization is closed in August.

Community Foundation for Youth and Senior Citizens

Spanish (Beginning), Spanish (Advanced)

This local foundation's mission is to promote human development and preserve the integrity and cultural identity of social groups in Granada. Service-learning participants are needed to provide support to senior citizens and youth involved in the foundation's programs. Participants can build relationships with community members and help facilitate games for senior citizens, tutoring sessions for youth, theater activities, and summer school programs. PLEASE NOTE: This organization is closed in August. Participants interested in working with senior citizens must have an advanced level of Spanish. Participants interested in working with youth may have beginner to advanced level of Spanish.

Health

Local Hospital

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This hospital offers general and specialty medical services to the Granada community and uses the most up-to-date technology available in the field. This organization placement is best suited students majoring in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Public Health, and Health Science or for students interested in learning about foreign health care systems. Participants may have opportunities to learn about health issues, prevention, health care, and patient care in Spain by engaging with and shadowing local professionals and assisting with other administrative tasks and projects. PLEASE NOTE: placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

Senior Citizens' Home

Spanish (Beginning)

Within walking distance of the ISA office, this organization is dedicated to providing services for senior citizens to achieve their maximum quality of life and well-being. Help staff coordinate and lead recreational and cultural activities designed to improve and maintain the residents' level of personal autonomy and independence. Take initiative to plan creative activities, organize games, take walks, read and talk with residents, teach dance or aerobics classes, and assist with everyday activities. This organization can take up to 10 service-learning participants at a time and sustainable group projects are encouraged to serve a need identified by the Senior Citizen’s Home. PLEASE NOTE: Placement assignments that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. This organization cannot accept participants from June 15th - June 30th, available to accept participants in July but closed in August. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

Community Health Organization

Spanish (Beginning)

This organization is dedicated to providing rehabilitation and mental health services to vulnerable populations in Granada by providing comprehensive medical services and assistance to individuals with disabilities and the homeless. Participants in this role will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the sociopolitical issues in the local community by engaging with patients and community members, offering support to the occupational therapy department, providing support as a teacher’s assistant or in the dining hall, or helping sort and organize donations. PLEASE NOTE: Placement assignments that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

Cancer Prevention and Support Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This organization’s mission is to improve the lives of people who are affected by cancer. Service-learning participants will work directly with community members and may assist staff in teaching classes with a focus on boosting moral and providing emotional support. Participants have the opportunity to take initiative and actively participate in structured activities. Participants may also facilitate and organize activities for children receiving treatment at the center. To serve at this organization, participants must have a background in health, child psychology, and experience with organizing play-based activities. PLEASE NOTE: Placement assignments that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. The center is only open in the mornings during July and August due to Summer vacation. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.* ** This organization can only accommodate participants for up to 5 hours/week and therefore may not be suitable for full-time Service-Learning participants.

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Spain

Salamanca

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Health

Senior Citizen's Home

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This gerontological center provides permanent and temporary care to elderly people living in a situation of dependency or requiring comprehensive social health care. Its main objective is to provide services to achieve maximum quality of life and well-being for residents. Service-Learning participants will help coordinate activities aimed to improve residents' personal autonomy and well-being such as playing games with them, taking walks, talking, and reading. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

Salamanca City Council Partnership

Spanish (High Intermediate)

ISA Service-Learning has partnered with the Salamanca City Council to coordinate placements with over 80 local non-profit community organizations. These organizations work within a variety of sectors including Family and Youth Development, Community Development, and Heath. Examples of organizations include support centers for people with disabilities, senior citizen homes, health clinics, refugee and immigrant support, and summer camps. While we aim to place students in their field of interest, placement with any single organization will depend on the projects available at the time. Students interested in exploring these opportunities should be flexible with their placement options and understand that placement confirmation will likely be 1-2 weeks prior to the program start date.

Cancer Prevention and Support Center

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This non-profit organization was formed by patients, relatives, volunteers, collaborators and professionals with the main objective of reducing the impact caused by cancer and improving the lives of patients and their families. The organization works to provide health education, support, and company to people living with cancer and finance research projects that will allow for better diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Service-Learning participants may help by talking to patients, providing entertainment and emotional support, and collaborating on fundraising and cancer prevention campaigns. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

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New Zealand

Wellington

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Health

Diabetes Association

English (Advanced)

Assist this non-profit organization in their mission to gain a greater online presence through social media by revamping their website, managing their Facebook account, and sharing knowledge about the association’s services with the Wellington community. Participants will help lead creative fundraising campaigns and promote cooking classes and supermarket tours for community members who intend to lead a healthier lifestyle. This organization is open to service-learning participants who can take initiative and come up with fresh ideas to help people who struggle with Diabetes.

After-Care Center for People with Disabilities

English (Advanced)

This organization's mission is to ensure the lives of people with disabilities are supported and improved, including their choices of where they live, learn, and socialize. The organization encourages its service users, through self-determination, to create the lives they want and to feel connected to their communities. Participants will engage with staff and service users, and assist with activities related to exercise, occupational therapy, and socialization.

Sex Worker Advocacy Collective

English (Advanced)

With prostitution decriminalized in New Zealand, sex work is treated as an occupational health issue rather than a criminal issue. Independent, highly-motivated service-learning participants will aid the organization's staff with community outreach and education through social media, put together care packages, and may have the opportunity to gain experience in grant proposal writing.

Art Therapy Center

English (Advanced)

This community-based center takes a creative approach to providing support and therapy to people with mental illness. The center provides a supportive and professional art studio and gallery environment for people to engage in the production of artwork, enabling them to develop a broad skill base and to take ownership of their creative paths towards positive outcomes in the local community. Participants will work with the center’s staff to facilitate engaging classes and workshops.

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Costa Rica

San Jose

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Community Development

Museums

Spanish (Advanced)

As the capital city of Costa Rica, San José is home to many museums and cultural centers. Participants placed in these organizations may have opportunities to promote awareness of the rich cultural history of Costa Rica by organizing and coordinating projects for visitors, leading guided museum tours, assisting with marketing and PR projects, coordinating special events, and translating marketing materials. These placements are ideal for individuals interested in archaeology, anthropology, museology, natural history, education, and administration.

Center for Dance, Theater, and Circus

Spanish (Beginning)

This community-based center is part of a larger public park dedicated to creating an integrated space for community members and promoting an appreciation for nature, the environment, art, music, and technology. This specific center aims to provide students with opportunities to express themselves through dance, theater, and circus performance. Service-Learning participants will have opportunities to assist in both hands-on and administrative capacities such as supporting workshops, helping with artistic presentations, and organizing logistics and beneficiary information.

Music and Cultural Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This community-based center is part of a larger public park dedicated to creating an integrated space for community members and promoting an appreciation for nature, the environment, art, music, and technology. This center aims to provide students with opportunities to express themselves through music and develop their musical talents. Participants will have opportunities to share teaching techniques and musical expertise with the students as well as assist the center's music professors with workshops and classes.

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 educational activities. Engage the children by facilitating recreational activities, art, and music projects.

Museums

Spanish (Advanced)

As the capital city of Costa Rica, San José is home to many museums and cultural centers. Participants placed in these organizations may have opportunities to promote awareness of the rich cultural history of Costa Rica by organizing and coordinating projects for visitors, leading guided museum tours, assisting with marketing and PR projects, coordinating special events, and translating marketing materials. These placements are ideal for individuals interested in archaeology, anthropology, museology, natural history, education, and administration.

Public School

Spanish (Beginning)

This public school provides comprehensive education for K-12 students. Participants in this role may serve as a teacher’s aide by grading papers, assisting students with homework, facilitating recreational activities, and supervising the classroom. There also may be opportunities to tutor students one-on-one or teach English. *Due to vacations, this organization is not available from mid-December through the first week of February and during the month of July.

Education Center for People with Disabilities

Spanish (Intermediate)

This center empowers people with disabilities, particularly people with visual and hearing impairment, 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. Participants in this organization may have chances to become actively involved in the community by aiding educational or creative instruction, assisting in the dining area, and coordinating recreational activities. *Due to vacations, this organization is not available from mid-December through the first week of February and during the month of July.

Bilingual School

Spanish (Beginning)

This state-funded PK-12 bilingual school's mission is to provide quality, integrated education with a special focus on civic commitment, personal growth, and environmental conservation. Participants in this organization may have opportunities to serve as a teacher’s assistant, help students with reading, writing, listening, and speaking lessons in English, and assist PE classes and other activities. *Due to vacations, this organization is not available from mid-December through the first week of February and during the month of July.

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. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

Children's Hospital

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This hospital treats children with a vast array of health conditions including burns, cancer, acute conditions, premature birth, and more. This placement is best for students majoring in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Public Health, and Health Science or for students interested in learning about foreign health care systems. Participants in this role may be able to 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. *Limited availability. **Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.**

Senior Citizens' Home

Spanish (Intermediate)

For 130 years, this senior citizens’ home has been providing comprehensive care for the elderly. They strive to provide a family atmosphere of acceptance and respect, while fully addressing the needs of over 200 seniors. Participants in this organization may have opportunities to plan and lead recreational activities, organize games, socialize with and read to the residents, 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. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

Health Clinics

Spanish (High Intermediate)

These public and private clinics throughout San José offer general medical services, specialty medicine, and educational health campaigns. Health clinic placements are best for students majoring in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Public Health, and Health Science or for students interested in learning about foreign health care systems. Participants may be placed in a general hospital, public or private clinic, community health center, or other healthcare setting and may have opportunities to learn about health issues, prevention, health care, and patient care in Costa Rica by engaging with and shadowing local professionals. Additionally, participants may serve in a variety of ways including preparing emergency kits, accompanying patients, and sterilizing materials. Participants may also accompany trained professionals on home visits and/or assist staff in coordinating and conducting health campaigns on topics such as nutrition, dengue, and immunizations. Please note that participants' experiences may vary depending on interests, host organization, language level and education level. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Limited availability. **Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.**

HIV Non-Profit Organization

Spanish (Advanced)

This NGO dedicates itself to providing information about HIV and its prevention. They offer workshops and talks to the public, give emotional support to patients living with HIV, and seek to reduce the risk of HIV in vulnerable populations. Participants in this role may help give workshops and educational talks to the public, conduct research, provide emotional support for patients living with HIV, AIDS and/or STIs, and help with daily tasks around the center. There may also be opportunities to 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. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

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Peru

Cusco

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Health

Senior Citizen's Center

Spanish (Intermediate)

This Senior Citizen's home is dedicated to housing and caring for elderly who have been abandoned or neglected. They strive to provide stability and improved quality of life for residents. Participants in this organization may assist with mealtimes and daily tasks around the center, socialize with the residents, and help with other assignments as needed. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

Dental Clinics

Spanish (High Intermediate)

These dental clinics specialize in implants, orthodontics, periodontology, and radiology and seek to improve the oral health status of the population of southern Peru and reduce the prevalence of oral disease. Participants in dental clinic placements may have the opportunity to learn about dental care in Peru by observing and assisting the clinic’s dentists in Cusco as they perform their daily responsibilities. Example activities may include completing ondontograms, pouring molds, and 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 performing 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. **Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.**

Health Clinic

Spanish (Intermediate)

These private and public health clinics are dedicated to providing quality health care and promoting a healthy and productive lifestyle for the people of Cusco. Health clinic placements are best for students majoring in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Nursing, Public Health, and Health Science or for students interested in learning about foreign health care systems. Participants in these organizations may have opportunities to learn about healthcare in Peru through the observation of procedures and patient consultations, shadowing doctors and nurses, interaction with patients, and assisting 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. **Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.**

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Peru

Lima

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Environment

Family and Youth Development

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, intellectual, or sensory disabilities through physical therapy, social integration, and educational activities. 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.

Center for Students with Learning Disabilities

Spanish (High Intermediate)

The Center for Students with Learning Disabilities is a bilingual center dedicated to supporting children and teenagers with alternative forms of academic support. The center also provides families with consulting services to best support their student. The multidisciplinary team of experts creates specialized approaches incorporating family, school, and therapy. Staff creates personalized programs of support as well as psychological, learning, language, occupational/sensory, physical, and psycho-motor evaluations. This organization is closed the last two weeks of July and for the months of December, January and February.

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.

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Dominican Republic

Santiago

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Family and Youth Development

Youth Development Centers

Spanish (Intermediate)

These public, non-profit centers seek to promote youth development and education among at-risk youth populations in Santiago. These centers offer a variety of services to children, including personal hygiene, academic support, after school programs, recreational activities, health education, psychological support, and meals. Participants will have opportunities to facilitate recreational and educational programs, help with homework and assignments, and form connections with students.

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.

Center for Children with Disabilities

Spanish (Intermediate)

This public center sponsored by the First Lady of the Dominican Republic provides diagnostic and rehabilitation services to children with intellectual and physical disabilities such as autism, down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. The center aims to provide integrative services to children and develop their physical and mental abilities along with preparing them for social inclusion. Services at the center include evaluation, diagnosis, and therapy. Participants may have the opportunity to observe physical therapy, nutrition, and psychology staff and also observe consultations. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

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 health services. Participants have the opportunity to observe doctors and nurses during consultations with patients, update patient files, help prepare consultation rooms, and assist with public health initiatives in the community. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

Rehabilitation Center

Spanish (Low Intermediate)

This organization serves both children and adults with physical, intellectual, and sensory disabilities through physical therapy, occupational therapy, social integration, and group activities. The center also sponsors two youth programs which serve children with disabilities from low-income households and strive to foster human rights awareness. 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. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

Pharmacy

Spanish (Intermediate)

This pharmaceutical dispensary provides low-cost medications to smaller communities surrounding Santiago. Working closely with staff at the central warehouse in Santiago, participants help to sort and organize medication for the smaller dispensaries after they arrive at the central pharmacy. Participants may also assist with invoice preparation and inventory management. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Due to the pandemic, most health-related placements will not be available until 2022.*

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Morocco

Meknes

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Education

Center for Children with Disabilities

Arabic (Beginning), French (Beginning)

This center works with children who have physical and/or intellectual disabilities. They provide therapy, education, and recreational services. Participants may have the opportunity to shadow physical therapists, sanitize equipment and classrooms, teach English, assist with events, and plan recreational activities. * NOTE: This organization is not available during the summer.

Community Support Center

Arabic (Beginning), French (Beginning), English (Intermediate)

This organization provides an array of services to people of all ages. They provide education for primary and middle school children, support for adults with disabilities, and care for senior citizens. Participants may assist in teaching English, designing specialty workshops and classes, and recreational activities for all ages. * NOTE: In the summer months, participants are only able to work with senior citizens.

Women’s Development and Vocational Training Foundations

Arabic (Intermediate), French (Intermediate), English (Intermediate)

These foundations assist Moroccan women of all economic levels to complete their education. Many of the educational courses teach artisan skills (embroidery, calligraphy, literacy, cooking, and hair dressing) to increase employment opportunities and/or assist the women in starting their own businesses. Participant opportunities may include organizing logistics, preparing lesson plans, and teaching English to the women. Additional help may be needed with fundraising, marketing, or creating a social media presence or website development to help the women sell their products.

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South Africa

Cape Town

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Education

Local Primary School

English (High Advanced)

This Catholic primary school caters to children ages 6-14 from primarily Coloured and Black Communities. They strive to accommodate the needs of all learners and provide quality education based on a proud tradition of service. Participants in this role may help with after school care, assist students with homework, tutor students in subjects such as math and English, and serve as teaching assistants in classrooms. *This placement available to Study + Service-Learning Semester Combo students only.

School for Children with Disabilities

English (Advanced)

Offering a mainstream curriculum for learners with physical disabilities, this school was founded in 1974 for 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 partner organization is only available for full-time, 8-week service learning students.

South African Education Project

English (Advanced)

This non-profit organization 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 partner organization is only available for full-time, 8-week service learning students.

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Ireland

Galway

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Community Development

Cultural Heritage Organization

English (Superior)

This organization is a heritage charity committed to protecting and enhancing Galway's natural, man-made, and cultural heritage for the benefit of all. The organization adopts a hands-on approach which includes supporting a number of other non-profit and charity organizations and undertaking improvement, conservation, and education projects in support of its mission. Activities may include assisting or leading city tours, community education events, administrative assistance, or fundraising initiatives. Additional tasks include administrative assistance with promotional initiatives. This is a great placement for students looking to work closely with locals and gain experience in non-profit organization management. This organization is open year round but is more likely to accept service learning students in the summer.

Student Radio Station

English (Advanced)

One of only three campus community radio stations in Ireland, this radio station has been serving the Galway university student community for over 10 years. As a radio station "for students, by students", it facilitates genuine participation rather than one-way interactions with listeners, and provides diverse and eclectic weekly talk shows covering a wide range of student issues like LGBT rights, Irish language shows, French language shows, Spanish language shows, university sports coverage, unsigned local artists, current affairs, on campus event coverage, and more. Throughout the school year and summer, participants can join a dedicated group of local volunteers who work tirelessly to deliver a series of informative, entertaining, and exciting radio programs to the wider community.

Family and Youth Development

Senior Development and Advocacy Services Center

English (Advanced)

This non-profit organization provides a range of services to seniors. The organization is eager to have college students contribute their time and effort to teach computer skills to seniors in classroom settings or one-on-ones throughout the week. There is also the opportunity to run all-day workshops on how to use video calling services (such as Skype) and social media.

Center for People with Autism

English (Advanced)

Assist with a non-profit organization that works to provide support for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Founded by a concerned parent group in 2011 to address a need for service provision, information, advocacy, and support for families living with ASD, this organization has since been providing social clubs, respite camps, skills building workshops, family fun days, and activities for individuals on the spectrum, siblings, and whole families. Participants may support and supervise children of various ages with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a range of clubs and activities. These might include Lego Club, Movie Production Club, and Play Groups, as well as after school activities, special holiday clubs, and weekend social clubs. Potential opportunities to help supervise additional special interest clubs may arise.

Family Support Center

English (Advanced)

This organization offers a wide range of services to children and teenagers in disadvantaged areas in the city of Galway. They help to promote and encourage self-improvement and general well-being. They run a homework club throughout the school term, which offers children practical assistance with homework, and aims to inspire young people to develop their self-confidence and see the value in education. The center also runs an activity group which aims to promote social inclusion through arts and crafts, sports, drama, and cooking projects, which aids young people in developing their social skills and gaining confidence in their abilities. Activities undertaken by the club include: youth exchanges, day trips, mid-term and summer camps, yoga and meditation, cooking classes, grinds (tutoring), as well as workshops on building healthy relationship and improving I.T skills. * NOTE: Students placed in this organization will be required to obtain a FBI background check.

Support Center for Individuals with Disabilities

English (Advanced)

The mission of the organization is to support the families of children with disabilities and long term illness who spend extended periods of time in medical facilities. The aim is to enhance the well-being of the family unit through fun and recreational activities including music, art, and play therapy as well as guardian(s) support mechanisms. Additionally, the center provides space and activities for siblings to come together and share their experiences in a safe, fun, and educational setting. *Limited availability during Summer

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Family and Youth Development

Youth Service Center

English (Superior)

This Youth Service Center provides youth with work, education, training & employability projects. They support a number of diverse youth work projects including international youth work. The organization enhances the civic, educational, personal, and social development of young people with programs focusing on a broad range of topics from leaderships skills, animal welfare, and web safety to creative arts, music, and sports. A participant in this role may be involved with group study sessions, arts, teaching, and a limited amount of administrative work.

Youth Foundation and Play Center

English (Superior)

This national foundation helps make dreams come true for terminally-ill children and provides an all-inclusive and accessible play center for children of all needs and abilities. Participants in this role may have opportunities to serve both in the foundation's office and in the play center. Possible responsibilities may include fundraising support, research, database entry, play center maintenance, and helping supervise play areas. ** NOTE: This organization requires a commitment of up to 30 hours per week and work on weekends.

Center for People with Autism

English (Superior)

This center is a non-profit organization that provides socially inclusive activities for people with autism and their families. Their services include camps, sibling groups, and movement groups for individuals and their families. They also work closely with local businesses to increase their accessibility and accommodations for people with autism. Participants in this role may have opportunities to work directly with the community and on administrative and organizational tasks and activities.