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Service Learning Trips (SLT)

Service Learning Trips, held annually during Spring Break, connect students to the needs of the larger worldwide community, provide insight and understanding of the historical and socio-political context of the visited country, and build a strong sense of global citizenship and commitment. 

Activities during Service Learning Trips may include: teaching, meal preparation, construction, fundraising, specialty workshops, and more. Students complete assigned projects and reflections as part of the experience, and hone their leadership, teamwork, and intercultural competency skills.


All students who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for Service Learning Trips. Note: a maximum of 12 students are selected.

When is it?

Service Learning Trips occur annually during NU-Q Spring Break week.


Past trip destinations have included Italy to learn about refugees and migration, Cambodia to explore climate change, and Kenya to understand the global water crisis.



To apply, students will complete three steps:

  1. Attend a mandatory pre-selection session that reviews basic concepts of service learning, social justice, and cultural competency, as well as go over the expectations of SLT participants
  2. Complete an online application
  3. Participate in a group interview


Selected students will:

  • Participate in a not-for-credit class, and will be graded on their engagement and participation
  • Pay a QAR 500 non-refundable deposit fee
  • Attend and participate in 10 pre- and post-departure sessions to help prepare for the trip and reflect on the experience
  • Complete a capstone project
  • Present their experiences as a group to the NU-Q community
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