School the World is a non-profit organization committed to solving extreme poverty through the power of education. We offer student service trips for high school students interested in making a difference abroad. Our service program is unique in that students contribute to our larger ongoing mission and can travel to beautiful Central America during their school vacations!
School the World's Student Service Program provides an inspiring service experience for High School Students. While traveling to Central America (Honduras, Guatemala or Panama), they get to experience a new culture, make new friends, fulfill service hours and create lasting relationships with the children in the community! All while supporting our infrastructure growth by building a school and/or a playground with their student group!
ABOUT THE TRIP: Each group that travels funds and participates in the final construction phase of a new school building and/or playground during their journey of discovery. Students spend the majority of their week in a community in Southern Honduras working on the project and interacting with the children, their parents and the teachers as they form strong bonds through mutual learning. We also believe cultural exposure and understanding is an important part of our program. During their trip, students experience the beauty of Honduran culture.
Throughout the trip, our World Changers begin to open their eyes and minds to the deep and complicated causes underlying poverty in rural communities. They walk away with first-hand insights of economic realities that force mothers and fathers to send their young children across treacherous borders. More importantly, they experience the power and influence of education in ordinary people’s lives.
- Complete the building of a school or playground for children living in extreme poverty
- Experience a new culture
- Form deep connections with children - even with a langauge barrier!
- Enjoy daily recess with the kids
- Spend time teaching in the classoom
- Visit the home of a local family to better understand their culture
- Make new friends from across the U.S. and beyond
- Be immersed in Spanish language
- Get community service hours
- Experience an awesome cultural day!
- HAVE FUN!
Students will spend the months leading up to the trip fundraising $3,750 which goes toward funding the school or playground they will be building in the community. This also covers all trip costs including flights, accommodations, food, transportation, and trip insurance.
School the World provides resources throughout your fundraising journey and has plenty of ideas to get you started!
This past February I went on my third service trip with School the World to a rural community in Guatemala. All three of the trips that I have been on have been truly unforgettable. The relationship the School the World has with each of the communities they work with is amazing. Unlike most service organizations, School the World maintains a five-year relationship with the communities in which they work to ensure that the schools they are helping to provide will be sustainable and supplied with materials. It was inspiring to see how grateful everyone in the community is to have the opportunity to attend a safe school. One of my favorite parts of the trip is when we have the opportunity to follow a member of the community around and see what they do on a daily basis. Everyone is so welcoming and willing to show you what they do everyday, which could be anything from harvesting crops to making tortillas to hand-washing clothes. Traveling with School the World to Guatemala has been one of the best experiences of my life and I will be forever thankful to have had this opportunity, not just once but, three times.
School the World is an unbelievable program that is deserving of extremely high praise! I have been on two trips with School the World and am preparing to go on my third this July, and I am so thankful for the experiences that I have had through this program! Not only has it opened my eyes to other areas of the world, but my trips with School the World have allowed me to see firsthand the importance of education as a driving force to success, as well as allowed me to form relationships with students that will forever occupy a special place in my heart! I simply cannot put into words my appreciation for all that School the World has done for both students in Guatemala as well as students from the United States. Not only does the program partner with a community in Guatemala to provide them with a quality education, but School the World teaches high school students like myself to value all that they have and to take nothing for granted. I have met countless unbelievable people through my experiences with School the World and I have learned so much about myself as a student and my ability to make a difference in our growing world. I am extremely grateful for the experiences I have had with School the World and I cannot wait for many more in the future!
I started my experience with School the World in April 2015 not really knowing what to expect, and frankly not really looking forward to my trip. After that trip, and all of the amazing experiences, I wanted to go back immediately, and am now fundraising for my third trip, and second this year. Going into my first trip, I was very immature, and with all the experiences seeing just how lucky I was, I came back a more grown up person. Giving my all into the service, the give back was remarkable. It was truly amazing to see all the happiness in the community of Xeq'ol, despite the desperate situations. All the memories that I have made, not only with the incredible friends from the United States that I've made, but with the community. The attachment to the community is one that will forever last in my heart as will the relationships and friendships that I have made. I can not thank the organization, or the individuals who make the organization run, enough for what they do and how they do it to give students like me the opportunity of a lifetime to make a difference for themselves and the world.
I have traveled with STW twice and am currently preparing for my third trip, and I could not be more excited. These trips have taught me so much both about myself and the world around me, and I have definitely changed as a person because of that. Being in these rural Guatemalan communities has opened my eyes to the true extent of poverty which exists in this world, and it has made me realize how lucky I am to live in the place that I do. The experiences I've had have been so incredibly life changing, and I can't wait to return and continue work with STW.
I went on my second trip with School the World, and I could not speak more highly of this program. I have always loved service trips but this trip is something unlike no other. I have learned about the culture of Guatemala, the importance of education, and also a lot of great leadership and life skills for my future. The relationships I have made with my peers and the students I was able to build a school and playground for, will last a lifetime. The students in Guatemala have touched my heart and taught me so much. I am so thankful to have been able to be involved with this program for the past two years, and am excited to be involved in the years to come.