International Service Teams

2021 Trips Canceled
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 summer trips are canceled. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of students as well as providing stability for our partners. Contact International Service Teams to learn more about current and future opportunities with our host communities.

Learn, serve and lead abroad

International Service Teams (IST) is a unique opportunity for K-State students to exercise leadership and serve abroad. Teams travel and communities around the world to engage in community work. Projects have focused on health, education, environmental and sustainability concerns and youth development.  These student-led experiences are a powerful way to practice inclusive leadership, become more self-aware and be better prepared to engage with a diverse and changing world.


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

Are you interested in becoming a host site? Contact our Student Coordinator team at


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.

Summer: 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.