Volunteer Globally

Global Service Programs

The ASH Global Service Learning Programs are year-long programs with a week of service at the site of one of our ASH global service partners. Rather than traveling to different sites every year, we choose to build long term, sustainable relationships with a limited number of global partners in order to give our students an opportunity to become true global citizens and put their learning into action through direct service experience.

When carefully designed and carried out, voluntourism (volunteer travel or tourism with a volunteer component) provides a powerful learning experience for everyone involved. That is why at ASH, we take great care in integrating best practices for volunteer travel into our Global Service Programs. To this end, every participant in one of our programs is consecutively:

  • a learner, preparing for travel to the country and the site;
  • a tourist, respectfully putting prior learning about the country in context;
  • a guest, working together alongside our local partner in response to a call for help;
  • ​an ambassador, inspiring other students to take action on behalf of the same cause.

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  • Nepal

    Our Nepal program supports the
    Shreesanjiwani Primary School in Nagarkot, located at an altitude of 1950 meters (6400 feet) in the Central Hills area, about 30 kilometers to the East of Kathmandu. ASH students work with the teachers at the school to make learning more fun and interactive. For this, we partner up with Himalayan Voluntourism, a grassroots social enterprise dedicated to the socio-economic development of rural Nepal through the spirit of volunteerism. 
  • Portugal

    In Braga, Portugal, we work with Habitat for Humanity, in an attempt to build affordable housing for the most disadvantaged residents of the city. For an entire week, the ASH team works alongside the family that will live in the house and skilled local builders on a variety of construction tasks.
  • Thailand

    In Khao Lak we have partnered with the Foundation for Education and Development(FED), an organization that addresses the long term needs of marginalized Burmese migrant workers and their families, living in Thailand. 
    ASH has been involved with the Grassroots program for many years, working mostly in the education program. Our students organize lessons for the children, visit and volunteer at the organization’s nursery and in local homes, and take their Burmese friends on an overnight excursion to a nearby national park.
  • Tanzania

    In Tanzania, our student volunteer teams are involved in the construction of local schools through the Visiting Schools Program of the International School of Moshi. In the past, these programs have taken our students to a variety of volunteer sites near Moshi and Arusha. In addition, we also maintain strong connections with the Dinka School in Arusha where students, teachers, and parents have volunteered individually as well as in teams. 
“Your students are an inspiration and a role model for our kids and when they can stay connected with your students, this has a positive influence on their development and motivation.” Min Oo, Grassroots-FED, Thailand
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.“ Mark Twain
University preparatory program for ages 3-18. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Commission on International Education (NEASC-CIE), following the personalized ACE Learning pathway of NEASC-CIE.