Office of Global Citizenship

Service Abroad

Sewanee students learn early in their time here that, if they are interested in engaging in service projects, there are many opportunities.‌ Some of those are described here or on pages linked to this one. 

Those who wish to engage in service in another country have several possibilities.

  • Go on an outreach trip. Information regarding “Going on An Outreach Trip” can be found by clicking on the link.  Under the careful eye of Dixon Myers, these trips are beautifully planned and executed and have the potential for making a real difference for all involved.  Note that Costa Rica, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Haiti are frequent trip locations. 
  • Choose a study abroad program which will allow, or even focus, on service. Many programs today have volunteer opportunities available to students.  In certain locations—e.g., South Africa—almost any program will have a service component.  In addition, some programs (e.g., the programs of IPSL Study Abroad + Service Learning) are well centered around serving--with course work informing the service and vice versa. For years Sewanee has maintained a close working relationship IPSL.General information about studying abroad can be found on webpages connected to the Sewanee Study Abroad website. More specific information about the programs of IPSL can be found on their website

IPSL has programs in Argentina (Cordoba), Cambodia (Phnom Penh), Ecuador (Galapagos Island and Quito), Ecuador (Guayaquil), France (Montpelier), Greece (Thessaloniki), Ireland (Dubin), Italy (Siena), Peru (Cusco), Spain (Segovia), Tanzania (Arusha), Thailand (Chiang Mai), United Kingdom (London), and Vietnam (Hanoi).  

  • Seek a service-related internship abroad.  For example, apply for a SEED internship or seek the help of the Office of Career and Leadership service in finding an alternative internship through which one can serve abroad.    
  • Investigate special projects abroad.  Ask a professor if he or she is engaged in work abroad that might involve you.  One can get a flavor of the Agroforestry project run by Deborah McGrath, Professor of Biology, by watching the YouTube clip.  Sewanee connections with Uganda are mentioned on the Initiatives and Development at Friends of Canon Gideon Foundation blog and here on Sewanee's website.  These are just examples and not intended to represent all of the possibilities for serving abroad, especially since new projects/initiatives can start at any time.