EARTH Service Learning Program, US Virgin Islands, Spring

Type of Travel: 
US Virgin Islands
Horticulture, GLOBE
Departure Date: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 to Friday, May 1, 2020
Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 15, 2019


Undergraduate students will learn about the culture of the people of the Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands’ agriculture and ecosystems, while assisting with teaching about food and agriculture, including horticulture, soil science, culinary science, nutrition, environmental science, and sustainability, at a preK-12 school. Program activities for school children help them learn how to grow, prepare, and appreciate the many facets of agriculture and food and the environment. University students have the chance to assist with EARTH program outreach and development and explore the U.S. Virgin Islands’ ecosystems and National Park during scheduled activities and free time.

Information Sessions

Thursday, September 26, 2019
11:00 a.m.
110 Horticulture

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
2:00 p.m.
110 Horticulture

Monday, October 21, 2019
10:00 a.m.
110 Horticulture

Thursday, October 24, 2019
3:30 p.m.
110 Horticulture

See program brochure here

Participant Selection Criteria

  • 1 recommendation from ISU faculty (this is part of the online application)
  • GPA above 2.0
  • Agree to a driving check
  • Essay questions (part of the online application)
  • Interview with program directors, coordinators, and assistants

Note  Due to international quarantine restrictions service animals cannot be accommodated on our study abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Iowa State University Student Accessibility Services Office.  

Course Information

  • Pre-departure Seminar
  • Service Learning (Hort or Globe 494B): arr 6-12 Credits
  • U.S. Diversity (Globe 494C): 3 Credits
  • Online Coursework: Potential for ISU Distance Education Credits while on Island

Application Process
To be considered in the selection process, applicants should have completed the program application in its entirety before the application deadline.

  • Once the selection process is complete, you will be notified about the decision.
  • If you are accepted to the program you will be required to commit or decline participation.
  • Typically you will be given 7 to 10 days with a specific commitment date to finalize your decision.

Once you commit to the program, you are officially a participant in the program and will be responsible for all the program cost outlined in the budget. If you withdraw your participation after committing to a program, you will be responsible for all non-refundable payments that were made on your behalf and these charges will be charged to your U-bill.

Program Fee (charged to U-bill)
$200 (includes housing, roundtrip airfare, in-country arrangements)

Other Fees (charged to U-bill)
$3,620 ISU tuition
$589.95 ISU fees
$105 study abroad administrative fee (collected by the Study Abroad Center in 3224 MU)

Out of Pocket Expenses
$1,600 meals
$1,400 personal expenses (souvenirs, toiletries, cell phone fees, vaccines and preventative medications)
$150 health insurance
$175 passport and mailing*

*If you are a first time traveler in CALS and need a passport, click here to find out how you can get the cost of your passport reimbursed

Other Scholarship Resources

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Affording to go

Iowa State University Student Affairs Scholarships


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