Volunteer Service

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Volunteer Service May Include:
These are agencies where IPSL students have served in the past or may be able to serve. Other service placements may be available. Your placement will be determined by community and agency needs, as well as your interests, goals, and skills.
Youth Development NGO
Students have an opportunity to assist in program development and implementation, program assessment, grant writing, event planning, social media, etc. in a new and dynamic NGO that focuses on youth educational and psycho-social development. Self-empowerment and self-sufficiency is modeled and taught with a structure based on reaching youth where they are. Using a variety of tools to engage pre-teens and teens, the aim is to increase self-love, self-confidence, respect for diversity within their own culture, knowledge and respect for their own culture and life-skills within these young Tanzanians. This NGO, run by a young Tanzanian professional, is forward thinking and seeks to replicate this programming throughput the continent of Africa.
Service involves working with the Founder and CEO as well as the Clients working on:
  • Social Media and website development

  • Designing Curriculum and workshops

  • Editing 

  • Assisting with teaching sessions 

Small Community Hospital
Service involves working with the health care professionals assisting with patient care:
  • Clinic intake and patient assessment and vital measurements (height, weight, temperature, etc.

  • Charting

  • Assisting in exams


Community Health Clinic

Service involves working with the health care professionals assisting with patient care:

  • Clinic intake and patient assessment and vital measurements (height, weight, temperature, etc.

  • Charting

  • Assisting in exams

Childcare Center and School for Orphans

Service involves working with abandoned and orphaned children of all ages teaching:

  • English

  • Life Skills

  • Recreation, art, music

  • Establishing a running a "Girls Group"



Service with elementary and secondary schools are in the areas of:

  • Teaching English

  • Health Education

  • Youth Leadership

  • Life Skills

  • Sports and Recreation

  • School Website Design

  • School database work

Ethical Service & Research in Tanzania

As an IPSL service-learning participant in Arusha, Tanzania, you will have the opportunity to perform volunteer service in one of several local partner organizations/agencies. IPSL does its best to match your skills and interests to the placement, but please remember that the notion of service is, first and foremost, to respond to the needs of others. You will play a role not only by actively participating with a determined role among the team members, but also by enriching the projects and programs with your knowledge, experience, and hard work.  Therefore, each project or program is improved and enriched with your participation. Your impact on other people's lives will be powerful and sustainable, even if you don't see the results right away.

Advocacy Research and Sponsored Research

Advocacy Research is a framework for reimagining ways to provide service to others. Through Advocacy Research, IPSL Institute for Global Learning students serve the host organization by conducting primary research that provides data and analysis that supports the organization in its mission. 

The IPSL Advocacy Research Program provides students an opportunity to learn about and engage in professional research that produces relevant, useful information for the benefit of nonprofits, NGOs and community development organizations around the world. Unique to the IPSL program, Advocacy Research permits students to develop insight into the ethics of human subjects research in an international context with immediate, practical application.

“Researching while aboard gives students the opportunity to really immerse themselves into a new culture. In Asia, I was able to cross cultural barriers and really talk to my participants and learn about their past experiences. I gained an understanding into their lives and by doing so enriched my experience abroad.” 

A student’s service organization abroad serves as the “field study location.” The research results in data that is at once beneficial to further the IPSL student’s education and career while at the same time being of use to the host organization. Resource-scarce organizations simply do not have the ability to examine, evaluate, and analyze their programs in a qualitative or quantitative way. With the assistance of the IPSL student-researcher, IPSL’s host organizations are presented with data that can be used to impact their work and the constituencies they serve. 

Advocacy Research generally refers to original, primary research that IPSL students design in collaboration with IPSL, its teams abroad, the host organization, and other local resources. This can be a more time-consuming undertaking. To accommodate the time frames where students are living in the host community (sometimes just one semester), IPSL students also have opportunities to engage in what we call Sponsored Research projects where the research topic and protocol are pre-identified, reviewed, and approved well in advance of the student’s term abroad. Research topics and protocols are proposed in-country by a host organization and then collaboratively designed and reviewed by IPSL, in-country staff and community members, and the IPSL Institute for Global Learning’s IRB (Institutional Review Board), which is legally authorized to approve the research.  The student researcher then has the opportunity to “adopt” the project and conduct the research within a given semester. The data and analyses from one student often prompts further inquiry, which a future student can then adopt as his/her/their research project. In this way, Advocacy Research presents a sustainable model for ethical service. 

Partners contribute expertise and share decision-making and ownership of the research. Data is collected over time with multiple student researchers, leading to an increase in value. The sponsored research program is especially useful for beginning researchers who may want to engage in international research but who do not have previous experience.

Graduate students participate in a Sponsored Research project during their first semester abroad. At all IPSL sites, there will be one or more sponsored research projects at a variety of NGO’s and community organizations. Following review of IRB applications, students can be approved by the IPSL International IRB as Principle Investigators of the on-going project. At the pre-departure residency, students will be briefed on the project details so that they will be prepared to support the organization once they are in-country. Sponsored Research thus helps students learn the research process and prepares them to launch their own original primary research in semesters 2 and or 3 (should they choose) under the guidance of their academic advisor, local research liaisons, the IPSL IRB, and the IPSL Research Coordinator.

The goal of Sponsored Research is to create an instructive and supportive process that removes barriers and enables students to experience ethical, human-subject research in a real-world setting.

IPSL’s mission of service is rooted in advocacy for the NGOs, organizations, and communities in which IPSL students serve. Advocacy Research and Sponsored Research are meaningful and transformational manifestations of IPSL’s advocacy for the communities we serve. 

Look What our Students are Doing!

Current students are working with AriseAfrika and Afyamax Clinic and engaged in the week-long Service-Learning PLUS program at KARANGA Institute where they taught English to students studying various trades in order to launch their own enterprises or work for companies making furniture, doing masonry or welding, tailoring, etc.

Here are Veronica and Parthenia with their students!