Community Engagement: Volunteer During Your Time Abroad

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in another culture is to get involved in the community and volunteer your time to helping others. Whether you teach English to elementary school children, work at a local hospital, give tours of your new town, or find another way to get involved, you'll experience your time abroad in a whole new way. AIFS offers Community Engagement Programs in Stellenbosch, South Africa and Hyderabad, India. Volunteer opportunities also offered at various program locations.

Semester and Summer Community Engagement Programs

Stellenbosch, South Africa
Stellenbosch University

  • Semester Community Engagement Program: Learning for Sustainable Community Engagement placement (9 credits)
  • Summer Community Engagement Program: community engagement placement for 6 weeks (5 credits)
  • Develop an understanding of the historical background and current issues impacting community life and problems in South Africa, then experience it first hand through service to a South African community while earning academic credits. Projects primarily focus on work with children from impoverished communities.
  • Cultural activities such as social and sporting events, 6-day trip on Garden Route, and day trips to Cape Town, Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Cape of Good Hope
  • Semester Program Eligiblity: Open to college juniors and seniors. Minimum 3.2 GPA. Students must be aged 20 or older by the start of the program.
  • Summer Program Eligiblity: Open to sophomores and above. Minimum 2.8 GPA.

Hyderabad, India
University of Hyderabad

  • Semester Community Engagement Program: Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) placement (8 credits)
  • Earn up to 16 credits
  • Develop an understanding of the current issues impacting community life in India and learn about a people-centered approach to social change
  • Cultural activities such as visits to local markets, local successful IT businesses in "Cyberabad," cooking lessons, traditional dance, a 6-day Golden Triangle tour, local excursions in and around Hyderabad and
    visits to Golconda Fort and Charminar
  • Open to college juniors and seniors. Minimum 3.0 GPA (2.75 GPA and above considered on a case-by-case basis). Students must be aged 20 or older by the start of the program. Additional criteria apply.

Volunteer Opportunities

The following AIFS campuses offer volunteer opportunities during the summer and/or academic year:

  • Perth, Australia
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Viña del Mar, Chile
    • Volunteer at education, community service or health institutions in the area
  • San José, Costa Rica
    • Volunteer in social projects with children, the elderly, and other community activities
  • Prague, Czech Republic
    • Volunteer at a local high school and teach English conversation
    • Work with Czech NGOs
    • Volunteer at a castle in Prague
  • Cannes, France
    • Volunteer at the Cannes Film Festival
    • Work with the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)
  • Paris, France
    • Help distribue food parcels and hot meals to the homeless
    • Work in the Emmaüs charity shops and community centers, or work on literacy programs
    • Work at a charity that provides access to health facilities
  • Hyderabad, India
  • Florence, Italy
    • Placements are offered in a variety of different environments schools, hospitals, museums and day care and recreational centers
  • Rome, Italy
    • Help teach English at a local school, or work with various organizations
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
    • Volunteer options have included working at the Hermitage Museum, as an English teacher's assistant, and at an orphanage. More opportunities available
  • Stellenbosch, South Africa
    • Service Learning Program – provide help to a South African community
  • Granada, Spain
    • Volunteering opportunities with young children, the elderly and the homeless
  • Salamanca, Spain
    • Give English language workshops as an after-school activity for school children in a Spanish public grade school