World Changers in the Making

595 High School Students & Growing. We have a nickname for the students who join us on a service learning trip. We call them World Changers.


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We call them World Changers because of their passion for service and desire to drive change.

Students spend time before their spring or summer break fundraising for a nine-day service trip in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Funds they raise go directly towards buying materials and supplies to build a school or playground in a Guatemalan village. Students visit the community to participate in the actual construction process and complete in time to join the dedication ceremony.

Each group that travels completes a new school building and/or playground during their journey of discovery. We also believe cultural exposure and understanding is an important part of our program. During their trip, students experience the wonders of the Mayan world, visit the Spanish colonial city of Antigua, explore a local coffee farm and barter in the largest open air market in Central America.

During their trip, our World Changers begin to open their eyes and minds to the deep and complicated causes underlying poverty and gender discrimination prevalent in rural communities. They walk away with first-hand insights of economic realities that force mothers and fathers to send their young children across treacherous borders. More importantly, they experience the power and influence of education in ordinary people’s lives.


Student Leadership Program

Student Service Learning

DISCOVER YOUR POTENTIAL

Our Student Leadership Program is designed for World Changers looking for increased engagement opportunities in our organization. Many of the travelers return from their trips eager to do more and spread the word about their experience and new found knowledge. It is truly inspiring to watch young high school students develop a strong passion for helping make education accessible to those in the developing world.

To learn more about our Leadership Program, email natalie.hambor@schooltheworld.org