“IPSL changed my life because I learned how to live a simple life while remaining completely happy. I’m glad I was removed from my privileges outside of the U.S. because this experience opened my mind and heart.” - Cristal, IPSL participant; Cusco, Peru Program Spring 2015
Our participants have repeatedly acknowledged the vast potential for personal growth, cultural immersion, and the fostering of international ties and a global identity through IPSL programs.
IPSL engages students, educators, and grassroots organizations around the world in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice, sustainable change, and a commitment to our shared humanity. We prioritize Fair-Trade Learning (FTL), which heralds reciprocity in relationships through cooperative, cross-cultural participation in learning, service, and civil societal efforts.
What makes IPSL unique is its commitment to total cultural immersion through both family home-stays and service work, which contributes to community-driven development, economic equity, self-determinism, cooperative and positive social change, and sustainability.
IPSL offers undergraduate service-learning™ and Advocacy Research™ programs (as well as two Graduate Programs) in nations across the globe—programs in which the last thirty years nearly 4,500 students from more than 400 universities or colleges in the U.S. and 25 other nations have participated. Furthermore, IPSL students have completed nearly 1 million hours of service with over 166 non-profit organizations & NGOs across five continents.
IPSL offers its core undergraduate programs in Ecuador, France, Greece, Ireland, Peru, Tanzania, Colombia and Vietnam.
IPSL programs vary (Semester-Long, Short-Term Summer, Year-Long, Individualized Research Opportunity) but the basic components of each program are:
• academic courses for college/university credit
• intensive academic language training- all levels welcome
• volunteer service-learning placement and oversight
• homestay with a local family
• academic excursions
• Service-Learning PLUS™
• Advocacy Research™
“IPSL is small by choice, impactful by nature + culturally sensitive by necessity”
Study Abroad with IPSL
IPSL's goal is to help all students go abroad. Please check the IPSL website program pages for various types of scholarships.