Resources & Training Workshops

Trip Leaders and Participants are required to complete training video modules. The Service Trip Leadership Team, a group of students who have participated or led service trips, offer addition customized workshops that will enhance trip impact and student experience.

Required Training Modules Customized Training Workshop Offerings
  • Safety
  • Risk Management and Emergency Response
  • Insurance
  • Cultural Awareness
  • International Travel (for trips traveling abroad only)
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Cultural Humility
  • Community Entry and Exit
  • Effective Service
  • Reflection
  • Reorientation
  • Understanding your Experience
  • Fundraising
  • And more…requests welcomed!

Required Training Modules

Links to video training modules and their associated quizzes are embedded in Studio Abroad Service Trip Participant Forms. If you would like these materials for additional learning please contact Tim Dugan.

In order to schedule a custom workshop with the Service Trip Leadership Team, please contact

Please request workshops with two weeks advanced notice to allow for scheduling and in order to customize workshop content to your program.

The Gephardt Institute can help you think through good practices to:

  • Market and publicize your service trip
  • Recruit and select trip participants
  • Develop and lead team trainings
  • Facilitate reflection and dialogue
  • Communicate effectively with partners and participants
  • Build reciprocal community partnerships
  • Organize sound schedules and logistics
  • Evaluate program strengths, areas for growth, and student and community impact
  • And more...

Funding Sources

The Gephardt Institute’s Civic Engagement Fund offers funding aimed at cultivating community engagement initiatives that strengthen communities. Two CEF sub-grants are applicable to service trips:

In addition, there are numerous Washington University and External funding opportunities for global travel and learning. To learn more and determine which are applicable to you and your program, visit:

Funding Opportunities for Global Study