4.6 - 35 Reviews

IPSL

http://www.ipsl.org/

IPSL is a program provider offering 17 abroad programs. Programs offered include Study Abroad, Internship, Volunteer, Intensive Language, Gap Year, Graduate Program, Research, and Online Program abroad programs in 14 countries such as Guatemala, Germany, Spain, and Japan.

The IPSL Global Institute has vigorously and unapologetically promoted social, racial, and economic justice through the support of their partner communities for over 40 years. IPSL programs are based on a Global-Experiential-Educational experience with opportunities for participants that include study abroad, internships, fieldwork, preceptorships, volunteering, intensive language, gap year, graduate study, and research. In short, IPSL provides opportunities for you to connect deeply with people and social change organizations all over the world.

"I learned more about the world and myself in those four months than I ever thought was possible. I absorbed the culture through the language, volunteering, the food, people, and utterly breathtaking geography. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget." -- Kyle S.

IPSL programs are founded on international partnerships that eliminate boundaries between academia and society, and intentionally attune students’ learning experiences to the challenges and opportunities of today’s world. Their unique educational environment is characterized by intellectual rigor through scholarship, service and practice, openness, reciprocity, creativity, the desire to make a positive difference, and the skills and determination for empowerment.

Since 1981, IPSL has facilitated over 471,000 volunteer hours in our partner communities, supported the work of hundreds of nonprofits and NGOs around the world. IPSL reinvests, on average, 83% of their annual revenues directly back into the communities where they learn and serve.

Make a difference with your time abroad. IPSL is small by choice, impactful by nature and culturally sensitive by necessity. Join them on your journey...

“It was genuinely one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life, and it wouldn't have been possible without the staff at IPSL genuinely striving to "make my dreams come true," as they do for each student that joins their programs." Brenda H.

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OVERALL RATING 4.6
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December 6, 2022
06/01/2022 Magical And Charming IPSL: Guatemala - Ecology, Culture and Justice

"Yes it was worthwhile......I gained my energy for life back."

National University of Natural Medicine
03/24/2021 Studying Abroad Is Possible For You! Ipsl Helped Me Make It Happen. IPSL: Greece - Refugees, Migration and Resilience & Micro-Entrepreneurship

"I gained and grew so much on this trip to Greece. Besides the amazing relationships I built while there, this was the trip that segued into my international humanitarian career, which is what I'm doing now in Iraq. It was the experience of a lifetime, and I'll cherish it forever."

Roosevelt University
11/06/2019 Greek Cultural Experience IPSL: Greece - Refugees, Migration and Resilience & Micro-Entrepreneurship

"I gained a better understanding on another part of the world. I honestly felt like a native after just a month there. The Greek culture is so welcoming and inviting. I made so many friends who I still keep in contact with it. At first I was apprehensive about going away for school, as I was the only person in my program, but I a..."

College of Mount Saint Vincent
10/08/2019 Great Community Experience. Ecuador Community Based Health & Coastal Ecology And Development IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"I gained an appreciation for the community of Ecuador "

Washington State University
Past Review Excellent Experience And Caring Support Staff IPSL: Peru - Environmental Justice, Indigenous Health and Human Rights

"I certainly gained a deeper appreciation for other cultures and understanding of cultural relativism. My Spanish improved tremendously. It was absolutely worthwhile. "

Transylvania University
Past Review Trans Formative. Guayaquil Study Abroad + Service Learning In Ecuador IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"I learned how to view the world from another perspective. I learned the beauty of adventure and courage. I learned overall how we all connect together on this planet and how much love can change people and the world, one step at a time."

College of Mount Saint Vincent
Past Review Growth. Guayaquil Study Abroad + Service Learning In Ecuador IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"I gained a love for myself, my strengths, my language and skills"

Duke University
Past Review I Loved It. Chiang Mai Study Abroad + Service Learning In Thailand IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"It was so worth it, it changed me as a person"

St. Lawrence University
Past Review My Experience Was Self Reflective And Transformative. Chiang Mai Study Abroad + Service Learning In Thailand IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"I learned how to reflect on my home culture in a more worldly view. "

St. Lawrence University
Past Review Amazing Guatemalan Experience With A Local Flair IPSL: Guatemala - Ecology, Culture and Justice

"A new dose of perspective and appreciation for where my food comes from and how hard the local farmers and people work. 100% worthwhile. "

College of Mount Saint Vincent
Past Review A Lifetime Remembrance IPSL: Greece - Refugees, Migration and Resilience & Micro-Entrepreneurship

"I've learned a lot about myself, but mainly I've learned that you can never take anything for granted because (A) other people are either doing okay with less than you and (B) life moves faster than you can blink"

College of Mount Saint Vincent
Past Review Becoming Comfortable With The Uncomfortable. Siena: Study Abroad + Service Learning In Italy IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"i can speak very good italian! it was absolutely worthwhile...i gained a sense of confidence and security and safety within myself that i carry with me now everywhere."

The Evergreen State College
Past Review The Journey Of A Lifetime IPSL: Greece - Refugees, Migration and Resilience & Micro-Entrepreneurship

"You should take nothing for granted. This entire trip and learning experience was certainly worthwhile."

College of Mount Saint Vincent
Past Review Truly Nothing Like It. Siena: Study Abroad + Service Learning In Italy IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"Italian language skills, friendships with local Italians and Americans, unique experiences that still are asked about in conversation, the opportunity to truly experience life as an Italian."

University of Colorado - Boulder
Past Review Traveling Helped Me Realize What I Truly Want For My Life. Guayaquil Study Abroad + Service Learning In Ecuador IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"I gained the ability to speak Spanish and confidence. As a foreigner, I was put out of my comfort zone countless time and from that, I learned to embrace who I am and open myself up to others more. "

College of Mount Saint Vincent
Past Review A Different World IPSL: Peru - Environmental Justice, Indigenous Health and Human Rights

"Worth it for sure. I learned a lot about how to live in a different culture and just how much culture infiltrates out everyday personalities and we don't even know it."

SUNY - College at New Paltz
Past Review Incredible Program. Galapagos & Quito Study Abroad + Service Learning In Ecuador IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"The Galapagos are an incredible place for so many reasons."

Pomona College
Past Review People And Experiences I Will Never Forget! Guayaquil Study Abroad + Service Learning In Ecuador IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"Learned how to interact with a culture very different from my own. Express my feelings and opinions to people who have been exposed to something very different from me. "

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Past Review An Amazing Service Learning Opportunity In A Culturally Fascinating Location IPSL: Peru - Environmental Justice, Indigenous Health and Human Rights

"My Spanish abilities greatly improved, I now have a much better understanding of Peruvian and Latin American history and culture, I made wonderful friends, saw amazing historical and cultural sites, and grew in my understanding of service."

Seton Hall University
Past Review The Most Integrated Experience Possible In A Program With American Students. Siena: Study Abroad + Service Learning In Italy IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"I learned a lot of patience with the italian culture. The program was definitely worth while. "

Middlebury College
Past Review Study, Volunteer, And Travel In Cusco: Life Changing IPSL: Peru - Environmental Justice, Indigenous Health and Human Rights

"I learned how to live in a new culture, I became much more patient after volunteering at a clinic here in Cusco, and I gained many new skills and experiences."

Drake University
Past Review Ecuador: A Small Country With A Huge Variety Of Adventures. Galapagos & Quito Study Abroad + Service Learning In Ecuador IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"YES!!! I gained a lot more confidence in my abilities to do things on my own and to live in a place that is totally foreign to me. I loved the chance to make new friends, explore a new country,and speak a new language. My eyes have been more opened to the wealth of experiences in the world. I am now more interested in a caree..."

Middlebury College
Past Review Study Abroad In Ecuador. Galapagos & Quito Study Abroad + Service Learning In Ecuador IPSL: Reviews from former Locations

"Yes. I love travel. My second (third? English, Secondary Ed Certification, and Spanish) is Spanish, which is the language spoken. I loved my service placement. Don't be afraid of service work if you work a job now. It's like switching the time out."

Elmhurst College