Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder is an International School of Global Citizenship which provides students with the opportunity to live and serve “shoulder-to-shoulder” with expert non-profit leaders and their communities, working directly on projects to make a long-lasting impact.
As an SSTS Coalition school, the program offers opportunities for our own faculty to travel and learn about integrating global awareness into their work here at school. Shoulder-to-Shoulder’s hands-on service trips are open to rising Grade 9-12 students who want to actively engage in service learning. Trips take place in June and July in 11 diverse locations—three in the U.S., eight abroad, and one on the US-Mexico border.
"After spending three weeks in Peru—my first time away from home—I felt like a completely different person. I gained insight into ways of living that I had never even imagined, and was granted the invaluable power to recognize how critical global connection and interaction is. SSTS was a pivotal experience that pushed me outside my comfort zone and helped me see the world in a completely different light."
-Elisabeth Lualdi '17
- Julia Fiori '20 | Pine Ridge, South Dakota
- Zoe Ruff '21 | Kenya
- Alex Saade '19 | Nicaragua
- Clara Sandberg '20 | Peru
- Nicholas Werner '20 | Nepal
"While there, we played with kids, made friendships, participated in ceremonies, and washed more dishes than I thought was possible. Every day promised a new adventure full of the beauty and sadness of life, love, and what it means to be a part of a community. Playing with the vibrant children whose smiles never failed to brighten our day, we learned that most were hiding something darker behind their smiles." Read Julia's full "Reflection."
"I decided that Kenya had given me something infinitely more valuable: a perspective unfogged from the expectations I’d grown up surrounded by. That is what makes me unchangeable. I would only have been able to see why the country is simultaneously years ahead and years behind America when they can understand both ends of the scope. And I will care about a stranger as a human being without America sticking some naive label onto my love. That is something I am eternally grateful for."
"I’ve found myself talking about rocks a lot. I mean we did spend days and days rolling them down the mountains of Peru. People love to hear that aspect of the trip and how we were able to provide service to Peruvians who wouldn’t usually have it. ....I’ve been able to explain the logistics of the trip and the plot of stories to all of family and friends but it has almost been impossible for me to describe how it made me feel...My best guess would be amazement. "Read Clara's full "Reflection."
"Coming out of the trip I feel an overwhelming sense of increased self-confidence, not only in my personal ability to navigate life, but an appreciation for others. I have made unique connections that have strengthened me as a person and extended my comfort and aspirations. It will continue to shape me as I move on to new and exciting experiences." Read Nick's full "Reflection."