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Staley School of Leadership Studies

International Service Teams

Learn, Serve & Lead Abroad

International Service Teams (IST) is a unique opportunity for groups of K-State students to exercise leadership and service abroad. Teams travel and live in communities around the world during the summer break, working with community partners to engage in local community work. Past projects have focused on health, education, environmental and sustainability concerns, and youth development. 

A Challenging & Rewarding Experience

As a team member, you will live in the midst of an international community and work with its members every day. You will be asked to apply your academic skills to community problems and be required to adapt to constantly changing plans, people, and activities. Working with a team of your peers and a community partner, you will co-create your service efforts. Through these experiences, you will enhance your problem-solving skills, gain leadership experience, and develop an appreciation for other cultures and perspectives. 

Overview of Key Dates
Fall Semester (pre service)
Host communities are identified by Student Coordinators. Student team members are selected in a competitive process.
Spring Semester (pre service)
Team members complete a three-credit-hour preparation course in advance of their summer abroad.
Teams travel to host sites and live in the community for 8-10 weeks.
Fall Semester (post service)
Students complete structured reflection to debrief their experience.

Current Host Communities

  • Ocean View, South Africa
  • Kartong, The Gambia
  • Nyeri, Kenya
  • Kamba Cua, Paraguay

Learn more about each of our sites and community partners.

Apply to a Service Team

Applications are due Nov. 1 for summer 2020. Visit our Apply page for additional information.

Contact Us

International Service Teams
Leadership Studies Building
2nd floor, NE side of the building

785-532-6085 ph

Student Coordinators
Francisco Cardoza
Chelsea Turner