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International Immersion Experience

This short-term international experience allows students to learn about active citizenship through a global perspective. This experience provides an in-depth understanding of the history, events, and current political climate in the country we visit in order to gain a better understanding of the root causes of social issues.

What makes this immersion unique?

  • Short-term, impactful experiences
    Not every student has the time or financial means to study abroad for a semester or year. Our trips allow students to gain global experience on a short-term, impactful trip.
  • Experiential learning at a lower cost
    Our trips are not credit-bearing, which allows students the opportunity to have a global experience without being concerned about adding more credit hours to their course load. It also greatly lowers the price of our trips, making them more accessible to students. While our trips don’t offer credit, we still prepare our students through a series of pre-trip meetings, have learning goals for each trip, and focus on providing students with a rich learning experience.
  • Exploring ethical service abroad
    We believe that building sustainable, long-term relationships with local nonprofits and communities is the most ethical approach to service work domestically or abroad. We work with a third-party company that vets non-profits who ensure that our projects are community-driven and that our partners have the capacity to work with a group of volunteers. During pre-trip meetings and on the trip, we make sure students are aware of the criticisms of international service, and discuss how our goal is to work alongside our partners and learn from them.

Highlights of Previous Experiences

  • Volunteer with non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • City tour
  • Excursions
  • Meet with individuals who are acting as positive social change agents in their community

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students must be in good standing with the University and have at least a 2.0 GPA

Estimated Cost: $1,000 – Program fee includes: flights, all accommodations, most group dinners, excursions listed in the program description, insurance, service activity coordination, and public transportation pass. **Please note that all costs are estimates and subject to change and estimated personal expenses may vary depending on spending habits.

Additional Fees: Passport: $145.00; Estimated Additional Meals: $150.00; Estimated Personal Expenses: $400.00.


Scholarships are available.

Costa Rica Cultural Leadership Immersion Application

  • The Cultural Leadership Immersion in Costa Rica will take place May 21-29, 2023. Please contact Brooke Squires with any questions or concerns. You can expect to be contacted via email on Friday, Febuary 24 with a decision and a payment link.
  • Essays

    Please help us get to know you by answering each of the following questions in 250 words or less.
  • Not having experience in this area will not negatively affect your application- we are just trying to get to know you more.
  • About You

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    I understand that all documents to this application are confidential and the property of the Center for Leadership & Service. I further understand that I will not have the opportunity to personally review or inspect any of these documents. However, in an effort to promote a valuable educational experience and to improve interviewing skills, feedback concerning reasons for selection or non-selection will be provided at the applicants’ request. This procedure is in compliance with the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. I wish to submit this application for a position in the Center for Leadership & Service. I am aware of the responsibilities of this position(s) for which I have applied as specified in the Position Description, and I fully intend to fulfill each one to the best of my ability if selected. I possess the minimum qualifications required for this position as specified on this form and all information provided herein is accurate. I understand that my initials below serve as an electronic signature which authorizes the Center for Leadership & Service to review my disciplinary file in the Office of Judicial Affairs and my academic transcript for verification of my grade point average. This is necessary for the purpose of screening applicants. The University of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap or veteran status in provision of educational opportunities or benefits. The University of Tennessee does not discriminate on the basis of sex or handicap in the educational programs and activities which it operates, pursuant to the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Public Law 92-318; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Public Law 93-112, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Public Law 101-336, respectively. This policy extends to both employment by and admission to the University. Inquiries concerning the Title IX and Section 504 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 should be directed to the Office of Affirmative Action, 2110 Terrace Avenue, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3558 or call (865) 974-2498. Charges of violations of the above policy should also be directed to the Office of Affirmative Action.