International Service Learning
International Service Learning Programs
International Service Learning (ISL) offers numerous opportunities in Mexico, from community enrichment to recreational activities. If you’re specifically looking to gain...
International Service Learning Reviews
Hail to Mexico!
Submitted by Kathryn Martin - University of Pittsburgh | February 09, 2018
ISL is a wonderful organization from the pre-trip planning to the post-trip follow-ups. There are trips offered for every interested from health to sports to education. I went on a Global Health trip to Mexico. Preparing for the trip was painless as ISL has the requirements listed very clearly on the trip website, and any questions are answered promptly. They also provide a large list of fundraising ideas to offset the cost.
In country we felt very safe with our locally based team leader, paid friendly, security staff, and wonderful chef. The translators were very patient and knowledgeable.
As far as medical experience, we assisted with vitals in a local health clinic, performed community health surveys with abbreviated triage including taking blood glucose, held a free clinic with a doctor, nurse, and pharmacy, and shadowed in a local hospital. In the hospital I was able to assist in the beginning of a live birth, and watch the delivery! Additionally, ISL strives to have teams on site for as much of the year as possible, allowing the community continued access to medical care, rather than a brief clinic that may or may not return.
Beyond service, we had so many opportunities for recreation, exploring the local community, and eating exquisite food. After the trip, ISL reached out to find out what was good about the program and what to do to improve it. They also offer incentive to continue in the ISL family, and help it grow.
Great bilingual professional staff & instructors!
Submitted by Glen Galindo - Chinchina Colombia | April 17, 2017
The highlight of the ISL Global Health Teams is the high quality of the medical doctors. All the Colombian doctors were excellent instructors from top Colombian medical schools. They love teaching and they are very much bilingual professionals. It makes the learning experience that much more personal because volunteers are able to develop their own relationships and communicate directly with these medical doctors; not having to rely on translators.
Change your life, Colombia awaits.
Submitted by Jerry S. - Lewis-Clark State College | October 15, 2015
I went on the ISL Colombia experience my Jr. year of nursing school. It had been an especially rough semester and I was seriously questioning my future as a nurse. I decided I wanted to go and have the opportunity to help people.
This trip saved my nursing career. I came back completely energized and excited to finish nursing school. We were in country for 14 days and at least 9 of them were in direct patient care. We did house visits, health screenings, community clinics and pharmacy support to communities that had little or no access to healthcare.
ISL provided classes on tropical diseases, medical Spanish, and suture techniques. The accommodations were excellent and the food was prepared and served home-style by a real Colombian family.
It wasn't all work either. We had some awesome recreational opportunities including; zip-lines, horse-back riding, hot springs, and cultural touring. If you have the opportunity to take this trip I highly encourage it.
Just so you know I was so impressed by ISL-Colombia I took another ISL trip my senior year and plan on taking another after I graduate and pass my NCLEX. You may not come back as excited as I was, but I challenge you to not let the experience change your life.
Beautiful land, beautiful people, beautiful experience!
Submitted by Glen Galindo - Washington State University | July 29, 2014
Our time in Colombia was so busy! We had daily engagement with the community for 14 days; the Colombian doctors we were bilingual and so good, so knowledgeable and kind; so excited to equally serve their community and teach our visiting team. This was the best abroad-volunteer experience all members of our team had ever had. There's nothing like Colombia!