"I'm sure when I ponder my life experiences, during the twilight of my years, I will regard my six weeks in Thailand as six of the most sensational weeks of my life... I traveled to Thailand hoping for an enriching experience. What I found exceeded my wildest expectations."
Chris Cox, International Health Program, Thailand
The GSC two-week Introduction to Service-Learning Programs are ideal for those volunteer vacationers with limited time abroad. Although these service-learning introductory programs often seem to fly by, they offer a great introduction to the international service-learning experience. You will receive a one-week orientation and training as and have the opportunity to participate in a service project during your second week. Note: The Orphanage Care Program is a minimum 3-week program.

Cambodia Introduction to Service-Learning: Two-Week Volunteer Vacation Program

In Cambodia, GSC’s Introduction to Service Learning Program is offered for the following Cambodia volunteer experiences:
All Cambodia volunteer abroad programs begin in Phnom Penh where a GSC representative will greet you upon arrival at the airport and escort you to a Phnom Penh hotel. You and your fellow volunteers will then be given a five-day orientation and training that includes introduction to Cambodia and Khmer culture, Khmer language training, training in teaching English, and a tour of the local  area. You will then either move to your project placement (for Orphanage Care and Buddhist Immersion Programs) or stay in Phnom Penh (for Teach English Abroad and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Programs) for your second week of volunteering.

Tanzania Introduction to Service-Learning: Two-Week Volunteer Vacation Programs

PROGRAM UPDATE: After 20 years of service in East Africa, GSC has concluded our work there and will be taking the best practices learned to our programs in Cuba. We are now offering a Conversational English Training Program in Cuba, with Sustainable Agriculture and Public Health programs to likely follow later in 2016. If you would like to learn more about our Cuba program, follow the link here.

We’ve decided to leave our Tanzania web pages up so visitors to our site can get an idea of the kind of work that we have done. Information can be found below on best practices lessons learned from our Tanzania program that will be carried over to our Cuba program.

In Tanzania, GSC’s Introduction to Service Learning Program is offered for the following Tanzania volunteer programs:

All GSC Tanzania volunteer programs begin in Arusha, where a GSC representative will greet you upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International airport. You and your fellow volunteers will then participate in one week of cultural orientation and theoretical training followed by the next week of activities specific to your program. Participants are housed in a hostel near the GSC office and training center the first three nights and are then welcomed into their homestay on Wednesday afternoon. *Note: The two-week Sustainable Agriculture Program is primarily an introductory educational experience and may not include substantial training of local farmers.

It is important to note that the Introduction to Service-Learning Programs are designed to be primarily an educational experience for the participants and therefore include less substantial community training than our longer GSC volunteer overseas experiences. For more comprehensive international volunteer service and community training opportunities, GSC suggests our 3 - 8 week Short-term Volunteer Abroad Assignments or our 9 week to 6-month Long-term Volunteer Abroad Assignments and International Internship Programs.