For this week’s blog post, we are featuring an article written by Yusra on her blog The DPT Diaries last year about her service learning trip to Mexico. Yusra traveled with International Service Learning to Baja in May 2016, and here she reflects on her trip and the impact it had in her life:

Discovering humility in service.

2-year-old Gabriel* squealed in delight as he lunged… Read more


Tara Butler is a student at Oklahoma State University, with her heart set on pediatric physical therapy. This past summer she served for four weeks at a home for orphaned children with disabilities in Costa Rica. Her internship with ISL sharpened her vocational direction, provided her with deep self-learning and was an enjoyable time of cross-cultural learning. We interviewed her to get… Read more


An article was recently published in the Idaho County Free Press about ISL Volunteer Christine Schmidt’s experience on a Global Health team in Peru this summer. Christine and her team trekked through the foothills of Lima and Cusco to visit patients in some of the most underserved areas of the country. We touched base with Christine recently to get some insight into her trip… Read more


Lauren C. Kinser is currently pursuing her Master’s of Public Health, with an emphasis in dentistry​, ​at A.T. Still University. She spent six weeks of her summer as ISL’s first intern with the Central Health District of Belize. She has been involved ​in volunteerism both locally and internationally. Her dedication to service has been recognized by the Bonner Scholars Program. She hopes… Read more


A Transcultural Nursing Trip

Rudy School Nursing Students Journeyed to Mexico Over the Holidays. Beth Chatham, assistant professor of nursing, gives her perspective on the students’ experiential learning trip:

Over Christmas break, seven nursing students from Cumberland traveled to Mexico for a service learning experience.  This trip was the practicum of their Transcultural Nursing course. Students had the opportunity to do home visits, perform public… Read more


Why International Experience is Essential for Nurses

by TRACEY LONG –  26 January 2016

Learning about diverse people, cultures, belief systems, and worldviews is essential for nurses to be effective in a people-centered profession. Afterall, nursing is a delicate balance between the art and science of medicine. Nurses who understand more about people and their varying lifestyles can be more effective in helping people through… Read more


Kelsey Kusch was a member of our Adrian College Global Health team this winter break and served in both Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Here is an entry from her day-to-day blog of her time with ISL.

Day 8 – Nicaragua

View of the city of Granada and volcano Mambacho Today was the last day in Nicaragua and it sure was a memorable one. We did a… Read more


Neethu Athimattahil was part of a Global Health team last December. We reached out to her to ask her about her experience, and she shared this story with us. 

In December of 2014, I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a service trip with ISL to Baja, Mexico. I was a nervous wreck leading up to my trip, not knowing a single soul on… Read more



Hello from Team Purdue (plus Cristina)!! We just brought in the New Year in the best way possible and we thought we should reflect on the amazing trip we’ve had so far.

We arrived at the airport at about 1 in the morning, but that did not put a damper on our enthusiasm and Abdi, our team leader, was… Read more


During the summer of 2013 I had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica and work with a wonderful team of individuals whose mission was and still is to grow and learn through helping those who are less fortunate. Little did I know that I was the one who would be transformed by the whole experience.  As we visited the people of… Read more


It is not until we embark on a journey so far from home that we realize how much we have and how in debt we are to serve the world surrounding. Far from our comfort zone in a new area we are called to make a difference. I have been on many mission trips but the most memorable experience was in Dominican Republic through… Read more


ISL volunteers plant trees to promote health in a Massai village:

In the Moshi-kia area, just few kilometers from the Kilimanjaro airport, there are few trees and it is very dry. Many people from the Maasai tribe are now living in the area because they work in the Tanzanite mines.

The O’Brien school for the Maasai, located in that area,… Read more


ISL’s H4H teams bring health education, services, and medications to rural areas with little access to many of the conveniences we take for granted.

Check out photos and volunteer voices from our June 2012 H4H team to Talamanca, Costa Rica!

“The Hike for Humanity public health trip was an experience of a lifetime. Living with the locals in their villages in the middle of… Read more


If you’d like to gain some perspective on what it is like to travel with an ISL team, check out the blog of one volunteer who served with us on a physical therapy team to Costa Rica in July!

http://samincostaricaisl.blogspot.com/2012/07/gettings-ready-to-go.html

Samantha Waelde Central Michigan University Costa Rica, July 7-20, 2012


I participated in the ISL Costa and Panama Trip in May 2012 and absolutely loved the whole experience. ISL gave me the opportunity to practice Spanish and interact with patients in a completely new setting. I received patient care experience that I would have been hard-pressed to find elsewhere and the trip served to further confirm my interest in medicine and the pursuit of… Read more


I can still remember the feeling I had while sitting in JFK airport awaiting my first flight of the long journey ahead of me before I would arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport. I had no idea what to expect and I could almost already feel a change within myself. There was such a mix of emotions: fear, angst, nervousness… but most of all the excitement…. Read more


ISL provided me with a once in a lifetime opportunity filled with adventure, compassion, and more learning experiences than I could have hoped for. I valued each and every patient that we encountered, implementing skills ranging from the basics of the patient history, to a physical exam, to diagnosing and prescribing the appropriate treatment. I was able to see a community very different from… Read more


ISL was an overall amazing experience. Between working in clinics, hands on experience with doctors, visiting homes in Dominican Republic and Haiti, trying local food, and a day on the Caribbean beach, ISL was the perfect mixture of the type of trip I was seeking. Throughout the trip, I meet so many wonderful people, including the ISL staff and other students I worked with… Read more


Favorite memory from trip:

It’s hard to pick one moment as the ‘best.’ Being able to spend 10 days with a group of people who are such good hearted people is in itself special. Anyone who is going on a trip like this has to have their heart in the right place. In such a short amount of time we learned such valuable information… Read more