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Impact Abroad

Impact Abroad - China

Impact Abroad introduces Stanford students to a global perspective on public service. The program is designed to provide students who have not traveled extensively or participated in an international service-learning program the opportunity to engage in a meaningful and rewarding experience. Through the program's courses and trips, undergraduates focus on specific issues—such as health care or microfinance—in developing nations. Trips last eight weeks and are offered in the summer. During spring quarter, selected participants enroll in a one-unit course offered by their trip leader(s) and faculty sponsor.

Program Details for Summer 2019

The Impact Abroad program sponsors 8 week service and learning experiences abroad. The program includes a student-initiated 1-unit course during spring quarter; the in-country summer experience; and post-trip debriefing activities. Student leaders collaborate with a faculty member to develop the course and facilitate the summer group experience in the field. Each trip includes 6–9 undergraduate participants and an upperclassmen leader. Trips are developed with partner organizations including: Child Family Health International (CFHI) that provide all in-country logistical support including an on-site director and local support staff.

Information about the Summer 2019 program will be available on this page at the beginning of winter quarter.  Information about the past summer program can be found here: Bolivia 2018

Additional opportunities similar to past Impact Abroad trips are available through Volunteers in Asia (VIA), Social Entrepreneur Corps, CFHI, Foundation for Sustainable Development, etc. Haas Center Global Service Fellow grants may be available to support the costs associated with these programs.

Impact Abroad is a Cardinal Quarter opportunity, and funding for this year's program has been generously provided by Haas Center donors.

Program Leader Information & Application - Summer 2019

Please review the Impact Abroad program leader position overview and application Leader overview & application

Application deadline: Monday, November 12th by noon

Participant applications will be available on this page early Winter Quarter.


In 2008, the Haas Center launched the Impact Abroad program to address a growing interest among Stanford undergraduates in participating in public service internationally. Initially made possible by The Stanford Fund, Impact Abroad provides students access to service learning opportunities outside the United States. The program is designed for students without prior travel experience, including those who need financial assistance to pay for the trip.

The program has sent over 250 students to Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Dominican Republic, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua & Vietnam. Participants enroll in a spring quarter course that prepares them for the trip with directed readings, group discussions, and guest speakers. Student leaders with prior experience facilitate each group, and some trips have included a staff advisor from the Haas Center. Using the successful Alternative Spring Break program as a model, the Haas Center collaborates with in-country sponsoring organizations like the Foundation for Sustainable Development to create a program of site visits, seminars, family homestays, and group service projects with local organizations. The local host organizations connect the groups with projects of an appropriate scale for an eight-week trip.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Jon McConnell.