EARTH Service Learning Program, US Virgin Islands, Spring

Type of Travel: 
US Virgin Islands
Departure Date: 
Friday, January 11, 2019 to Saturday, April 27, 2019
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 15, 2018


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.

See program brochure here

Travel Dates:
12-15 weeks Fall semester and Spring semester; 8 weeks in the Summer

1 credit per week (variable depending on Fall/Spring Semester; 3-4 credits in Summer)

Program Fee:
Housing, air ticket, in-country transportation, utilities, phone, and internet provided

Other Student Costs:
ISU tuition and fees
Approximately $1,600 in food costs per semester
CISI health insurance ($1.31/day; for duration of program cost will be between $120-$150 total for a semester)
$105 study abroad admin fee (collected by the Study Abroad Center in 3224 MU)

Application Requirements:
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