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Staley School of Leadership Studies

Host Sites for International Service Teams

Through International Service Teams, teams of K-State students have served in over 20 countries. Host communities are identified regularly through relationships with faculty, community members, K-State alumni, and past students. Sites must have a secure relationship with a community member or faculty member, demonstrate capacity to plan for and support a team, and identify a site coordinator with who communication is assured.

Current Host Communities

 Ocean View, South Africa

In Ocean View, South Africa, students work with an organization called Volunteer Mzansi. Each team member is placed at a different project based on their personal interest and experience in Ocean View and lives with a host family in the community. Service ranges from assisting in classrooms to working alongside health professionals and community centers.

Recommended individuals: independent, self-motivated, from any and all majors.

 Kartong, The Gambia

In The Gambia, students work with the Sandele Eco-Retreat and Learning Center. The Sandele Foundation exists to support environmental conservation and development in nearby communities. Students’ work may range from sea turtle conservation to community leadership training and more.

Recommended individuals: students interested in environmental conservation, agriculture students. 

 Nyeri, Kenya

In Nyeri, Kenya, students work with the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre. The CYEC is a residential and educational program for former street dwelling children and youth in Kenya. The needs of the CYEC vary from year to year and could be anything from working directly with youth to creating organizational systems within the centre. Past teams have created after school clubs, taught Leadership workshops, created a micro-economy within the centre, and more. 

Recommended individuals: students interested in working with at-risk youth, flexible and adaptable students, creative problem solvers.

 Kamba Cua, Paraguay

Participants will live and work in the Afro-Paraguayan community of Kamba Cua, 25 minutes from the capital, Asuncion. Our local partner organization, El Grupo Tradicional San Baltazar de Kamba Cua, seeks to enhance the rights and well-being of the traditionally marginalized African-Paraguayans communities. Students will likely teach English education classes, support the establishment of a community computer lab and help to develop computer technology skills. Participants must be enrolled in or have completed Spanish 3 by the Spring semester or posses a similar degree of language proficiency.

Recommended individuals: prospective English/ESL teachers, independent students.

Interested in Becoming a Host Community?

We would love to learn more about your community and discuss the process of becoming a host site. Contact our Student Coordinator team by emailing intlteam@ksu.edu and we will be in touch soon.