STUDY ABROAD WITH INSTITUTE FOR VILLAGE STUDIES
How is the Institute for Village Studies Different?
is our Priority
We have been leading study abroad and travel programs for almost 20 years, and we don’t just talk about working with local communities; it is the core of our programming. Local communities and staff take the lead on trips. In doing so, we work with international partners as equals and strive to create lasting cross-cultural relationships built on mutual respect and reciprocity.
We work in culturally and environmentally sensitive areas, and minimize our impact through professional instruction and small groups. Participants should be ready for an authentic experience, as our trips are low to the ground and, at times, involve very basic living conditions. Join us if you can deal with adversity with a sense of humor, are open-minded and work well in teams.
Grounded in principles of responsible travel, our programs maintain the welfare of the communities and the integrity of the environments we visit. Read more about our Principles of Responsible Travel.
Opportunities for IVS Alumni
At IVS we believe that study abroad is just the beginning. Our goal is to offer a variety of opportunities for alumni to get involved at home, and use the skills they learn abroad to work in their own communities. We are committed to helping you build the skills necessary for your future career, while making a positive impact.