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Colombia

Global Health Teams (Nursing & PreMed)

Travel to beautifully biodiverse Colombia with International Service Learning and carry out medical volunteer service in coffee plantation communities. The experience begins...

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Mexico

Study Abroad in Mexico with ISL: Independent Study w/ Credit

International Service Learning (ISL) offers numerous opportunities in Mexico, from community enrichment to recreational activities. If you’re specifically looking to gain...

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Belize

Global Health Volunteer Opportunities in Belize

Join a Global Health, Nursing, or Community Enrichment program with International Service Learning (ISL) in Belize! Public healthcare services are available to people

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Costa Rica

Physical Therapy in Costa Rica

Gain practical experience in physical therapy through an internship opportunity in Costa Rica. You will serve alongside local therapists and learn from the residents of a...

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International Service Learning Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Hail to Mexico!

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.

Program: Study Abroad in Mexico with ISL: Independent Study w/ Credit

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Great bilingual professional staff & instructors!

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.

Program: Global Health Teams (Nursing & PreMed)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

Change your life, Colombia awaits.

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.

Program: Global Health Teams (Nursing & PreMed)

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Beautiful land, beautiful people, beautiful experience!

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!

Program: Global Health Teams (Nursing & PreMed)

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