ELAP (Experiential Learning Abroad Programs), a subsidiary of ISA, was founded in 2002 as a way to encourage university students to go abroad, contribute to community development and experience profound interaction with local people and organizations. These programs provide participants the opportunity to gain valuable personal and professional experience while working with various organizations and non-profits.
Individual placements are available in the fields of business, health, policy, social work, education, museums and conservation for periods of 2 to 16 weeks (depending on location and placement). Summer group projects are available in five Latin American countries and are designed around 2-week volunteer projects in social work. Additionally, ELAP offers Spring Break programs in social work and conservation.
NOTE: The Shepherd Alliance can contribute $3,000 towards the cost of the program. Total program costs between $3,100 - $3,500, not including airfare. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek additional funding through the Johnson Opportunity Grant and Evans Scholarship.
Applicants must be independently accepted to the elap program which involves a separate application and interview process to the Shepherd Alliance.
ELAP placements approved for the Shepherd Alliance include:
Center for Malnourished Infants
Children's Rehabilitation Center
Children's Dining Hall & Learning Center