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Building the next generation of leaders

Our Service Learning Program enables students from U.S. colleges and universities to travel to one of the African countries we serve. Service Learning trips are held in the summer for 2-3 weeks. ASEC’s Service Learning program promotes global leadership, a key attribute in building the next generation of leaders.

Students who have participated in ASEC’s Service Learning program have:

  • Tutored English as a second language (ESL) to students at Bigwa Sisters Secondary School in Morogoro, Tanzania.
  • Provided service at various orphanages, feeding programs, refugee centers and hospitals.
Total Scholarship Program participants

Since 2008, 100 participants from Chestnut Hill College, Rosemont College and Marywood University have participated in ASEC’s Service Learning program.

Service Learning Participant Testimonials

"My reaction to my Service Learning experience is one of utter gratitude. I am so grateful for Marywood, Chestnut Hill and ASEC staff, group leaders and the other participants of the trip for making it fun and never making me feel like an outsider as the only guy in our group. I will remember this experience for the rest of my life!" - Yerodin Lucas, Ghana 2019.

"I was catapulted out of my comfort zone” -Erin Bitting, Ghana 2019.

“[The trip was] extremely transformative and life-changing.” -Jaala Welch, Ghana 2019.

"This service trip to Kenya has opened my eyes to the tremendous impact that ASEC is having in Africa, and I am very proud that I was given a chance to support the work of this impressive organization. I hope that this is just the beginning of my opportunity to help ASEC continue their valuable work." -Jacqueline Reich, Service Learning Trip Mentor, Kenya 2017.

"Being involved in this trip taught me about the variety of adversity in our world and showed me how amazing and inspirational humans are capable of being. The strength of love and community is everywhere in Kenya." -Alex McCown, Kenya 2017.

"This trip has taught me a lot about myself and my responsibility in the world. One important thing that I learned was that we have the same needs and desires as human beings. We all strive for love and happiness, providing for and protecting our loved ones, working hard for a comfortable livelihood and also loving God." -Olivia Allessandri, Kenya 2017.

"A part of me is left in Africa, with the people I encountered and the sights I have seen. For anyone else traveling to Africa on a service trip I will tell him or her they will leave a piece of them there, but one really has to start the journey to understand, just as I did." -Nadine Burton, Tanzania 2015.

“This has changed my life, this has set a fire in me and because of this program I'm going to go on and do bigger things. And so are all the other people who have been involved this. It's just the beginning for us.” -Emily Schweiger, Tanzania 2015.

Emily Schweiger, Service Learning participant from Marywood University

Excerpt from “Orphans of God
- by Emily Schweiger

This orphanage in Tanzania
Is one of my favorite places to be;
Though the conditions are sad,
There is much more to see.

You do not know true joy
Until you have seen a child smile,
Especially one that appears very sad,
And hasn’t been loved in a while.

For questions regarding Service Learning, please contact:

Sr. Nancy Kamau

Sr. Nancy Kamau

Assistant Director, Development

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