At the core of our organization is a strong belief in the mutually beneficial interaction between our students and local youth through sport. Students leave our programs saying that service-learning was the highlight of their international experience and that they learned more through service-learning than they could have ever learned in the classroom! Our service-learning partners include local public schools, national sports federations and non-profit organizations offering after-school programs to local youth.
"Follow Our Buckeyes on Service-Learning Trip in Costa Rica"
May 2019 - 15 Ohio State student-athletes traveled to our campus in Playa Flamingo
"Gators Give Back in Greece"
June 2022 - 16 University of Florida student-athletes traveled with us to Greece
"Sport has the power to change the world.
It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination."
- Nelson Mandela
Customize a 7-10 day service trip in South Africa or Costa Rica with Student-Athletes Abroad.
We have a network of over a dozen partners in both locations and work with you to create a meaningful, and balanced service trip.
Our on-site staff in both South Africa and Costa Rica work with us to plan and implement our custom programs, making it a seamless process for you.
Service trips can be easily customized to include 1-2 adventure excursions and multiple service learning projects.
Spanish language instruction is also available upon request.
We emphasize the importance of a "Train the Trainer" concept which involves student-athletes teaching locals skills that will benefit our partners long after the service trip has ended. This concept encourages the theme of investment into our partners rather than handouts to charities.
Our Executive Team is always seeking learning opportunities through professional conferences. We have previously attended the University of Illinois Symposium on Sport for Development and Peace and the University of Arizona's International Sports Diplomacy and Leadership Conference where we presented a session titled Sport for Development: The Student-Athletes Abroad Case Study. We have also presented at the NAFSA National Conference and Forum on Education Abroad Conference to ensure that the expertise we've developed as leaders in the field of service-learning for student athletes is spread throughout the international education community.