Imagine yourself immersed in another culture and applying your academic background in a way that contributes to the community. International service-learning adds a new twist to study abroad by including a significant volunteer experience.
The International Service-Learning in Chile Program is designed for students who are service-minded, flexible, and self-starters. Selected participants will enroll in a 1-credit course from so that they are academically prepared for the service-learning experience.
While in Santiago, students stay with local families, receive intensive language instruction and learn about the country's culture and social services system. They then do a service internship at community sites in underresourced neighborhoods. Students participate in weekly gatherings and submit written reflection assignments to process their experience. They also write a final paper synthesizing their service with their academic learning.
Upon return to campus in the fall, the Chile cohort builds on their experience by doing a follow-up service project in the St. Louis community. This model is unique to Washington University and ensures sustained community impact.
The Gephardt Institute and Overseas Program have sent over 20 undergraduate students from all academic disciplines on the International Service-Learning Program in Chile. For questions, please contact Program Manager Jenni Harpring.
Note: This program is currently not being offered.
Summer 2012 Chile Participants
Jenny Jeong is a rising junior majoring in Business Administration from the Olin School of Business. Jenny is originally from South Korea.
Anh Chi Pham is a rising junior majoring in Environmental Policy with dual minors in Latin American Studies and Public Health. Chi is originally from San Diego, California.
Sarah Raven is a rising senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Spanish. She is originally from Evanston, IL.
Chelse Tsai-Simek is a rising sophomore with an undecided first major and a second major in Spanish and a minor in Public Health. She is originally from Cupertino, CA.
Katherine Van Arsdale is a rising junior majoring in Latin American Studies and Spanish. She is originally from Owasso, OK.
Summer 2012 Chile Community Partners
CAM (Casa del Amor Misericordioso), an after school center for students between ages 5 and 14 located in the Peñalolén section of Santiago.
La Corporación Padre Espinoza, a rural community center that provides a plethora of services to those who live in El Monte, particularly the elderly.
EPES (Educacion Popular En Salud), a community health outreach and education organization
Nuestra Casa, a unique shelter for the homeless, supporting and encouraging clients on their way back into society
Read blogs from Chile participants!
"While in Chile, I definitely became more conscious of the multiple roles I have as a citizen of the world and the multiple dimensions for each role whether it be personal, professional, or a combination of the two. Sometimes I am a leader, and sometimes I have to follow to learn how to help in a specific context, but in both cases, I am constantly learning from the people around me. This program allowed for me to live, work and learn in a new country, and within a few weeks I felt like I truly lived there."
-Sarah Cohen, Arts & Sciences, 2011