Study Abroad & Travel Programs

 
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STUDY ABROAD WITH INSTITUTE FOR VILLAGE STUDIES

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Global Health & Community Building in Rwanda

Work alongside partners in the village of Gashora, Rwanda to learn about their approaches to community development

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Indigenous Knowledge & sustainability in thailand

Learn about sustainable fishing, conservation and heritage with the Moklen, one of the few remaining sea nomadic communities

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Peacebuilding, Sustainability & Development in Vietnam

Work with local students, NGOs & government officials & learn practical skills in community development

 
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Biocultural Diversity
in Nepal

Study how communities in Langtang National Park continue to depend on the biodiversity despite shifts in land management, climate & economic needs

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Documenting democracy in india

Learn the essentials of storytelling & journalism by exploring a variety of communities with local activists in Mumbai and the Himalayas

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HIMALAYA CULTURES & ECOLOGY in india

Study issues related to climate change, local livelihoods, and the social determinants of health in one of the most remote places on earth

 

How is the Institute for Village Studies Different?

 

Village Empowerment
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.

 

Authentic Immersion

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.

 

Responsible Travel

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.

 

Affordable Programs

We understand that study abroad is an investment and try to keep our programs as cost-effective as possible. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

 

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.

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WANT TO HEAR FROM ALUMNI ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE? 

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LIFE-LONG LEARNING & TRAVEL PROGRAMS

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climate adaptation in the Himalayas

Learn how Ladakhis are preserving their traditional way of life, despite the impacts of climate change, by living with local families & integrating into the community

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community building
in vietnam

Connect with local residents & students passionate about preserving their communities & get an inside perspective into sustainability in Vietnam

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Elephant conservation in thailand

Discover shifting viewpoints on conservation & the role elephants play in modern Thai society by visiting communities that work with elephants

READY FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY?

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LEARN MORE

DISCOVER HOW OUR STUDY ABROAD & TRAVEL PROGRAMS MIGHT BE RIGHT FOR YOU!

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

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