Global Service Learning

Your major could make all the difference… in the world.

Talking about global issues is one thing, starting to solve them is another. Global Service Learning projects do just that by providing students the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the local or global community.  Service projects vary in length and location, and can be integrated into a course or led by student groups or clubs.

Is Global Service Learning right for you? Contact a GRS faculty member to start making a difference today.


You’ll never be so happy to work so hard. Working side by side with Makerere University students from Uganda lets you experience a new culture while helping to create incredible school gardens. These school gardens are outdoor laboratories for children’s classes and provide nutritious foods to the school lunch. You’ll assist teachers in integrated science classes and clubs and learn from local farmers who cultivate the soil along the Nile River. Contributing to a development project that is part of Iowa State’s impact in improving global food security hones your skills and makes the most of your education.

U.S. Virgin Islands

When you dig into the EARTH Program, you’ll find much more than a well-grounded education. Through the EARTH Program, Iowa State students travel to the island of St. John for a summer or an entire semester to work, live and help in the community. You’ll assist with school gardens and help grow local fruits and vegetables sustainably. Service-learners have the chance to help teachers in culinary arts and environmental science classes and create learning opportunities for school children. You’ll learn about the lives of U.S. Virgin Islanders in the Caribbean and what it means to protect beautiful ecosystems.

Click here to visit the EARTH Program page for more information!

Apply for Uganda & EARTH Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad