In cooperation with GVI, an international volunteer organization, Ohio State STEP students may participate in one of the following service projects in Kerala, India:
Women’s Empowerment in India
Volunteer with Children in India
Health and Well-Being Volunteering in India
Teach Sports in India
Most volunteer placements range from two to 12 weeks in length and participants design their own program dates within this time frame. Please refer to the volunteer site link listed above and click on the “dates & costs” tab for information on possible start dates and program costs.
PLEASE NOTE: While this experience is only available to STEP students, this is not a group program. Individual applicants work with the program provider to select their preferred placement and experience dates. There is no guarantee there will be other STEP students on-site during your particular dates of participation.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Students are required to follow the application steps in order as they are outlined under the "Eligibility" tab. Students must first apply via Ohio State Education Abroad by the application deadline and be approved before continuing the application process with the provider.
The area of Kerala is one of the highlights of India and a must-see destination. Project work takes place around the city of Kochi (Cochin), a port town since the early centuries offering fascinating snippets of history and culture that including the oldest European Church in India, an enchanting spice market and the famous 15th Century Chinese fishing nets, a truly stunning location to volunteer in.
Volunteers live in a dormitory-style room in a clean, comfortable house with running water, electricity and flushing toilets. Volunteers who prefer to stay in private accommodation should contact GVI for more information.
Education Abroad Coordinator
Courses and Credit
This is not a credit-bearing experience.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be in STEP, be in good academic standing with the university, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
1. Complete the OIA Education Abroad Application: start at the "Apply Now" at the bottom or top of this page.
2. Eligible applicants will be prompted by OIA to continue the application process with the service-learning program provider. Students should only apply to the provider after being instructed to do so by OIA.
3. The service-learning program provider will advise students on their application requirements.
4. Students approved by the provider will be formally accepted to the program by OIA.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students will pay the GVI program fee directly to GVI according to their payment schedule plus an international insurance fee to Ohio State. Program fees vary by project and placement length. Please see the project-specific links in the "program description" section.
IMPORTANT: Ohio State does not make payments to the program provider on behalf of students, nor are funds transferred between the two institutions. Students are responsible for making payment directly to the provider.
The release of STEP funds cannot be changed to accommodate the billing cycle of a particular program provider. Students who rely on STEP funds in order to make payments to the provider should work directly with the provider early on to determine if a portion of their payment may be deferred based upon expected release of university funds. Students may be expected to make payments months prior to the release of STEP funds and should plan accordingly.
If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Information session times and dates are TBD.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.