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Service Learning

Service Learning

Service is a fundamental component to the study abroad experience at SIS Intercultural Study Abroad. All students are required to participate in projects that benefit the local community while also providing key insight into the inner workings of local culture and society.

The service requirement for students in Siena is a minimum of 5 hours a week and there are many different opportunities in varying fields.  Some examples are: setting tables and serving food at the city soup kitchen, visiting with the elderly at a nursing home, teaching English to local elementary school children or volunteering with Siena’s ambulance service.

Browse the service opportunities in Siena:

Siena Semester Service Opportunities
Siena Summer Service Opportunities


Service takes on a more prominent role in SIS’s Multi-destination programs. Students participating in multi-destination programs will be exposed to some of the service work that SIS organizes in Siena, however once they move on from Siena, they’ll be fully dedicated to service through internships with local organizations in the community of their second destination. 

Learn more about Multi-destination programs and internships:

Siena – Brussels

Siena – Yaoundè

SIS is fully dedicated to service as an important educational component to study abroad, integrating service into short-term study abroad programs as well as many other experiences.  

To provide service in the community is an unparalleled way to improve language skills, be a part of the local social fabric, and gain a deep understanding of the host community.