International Service Teams

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 to 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 an 16-week, three-credit-hour course to prepare for 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.