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International Trips


City of Joy | Kolkata, India

Since 1994, Wake Forest students have traveled to Kolkata in order to serve with the Missionaries of Charity, which was founded by Mother Teresa in 1950. Here, students volunteer in “homes” that aim to provide care for orphans, disabled children and adults, and the sick and dying. Tasks include doing laundry, preparing and serving meals, providing medication, and assisting the nuns with educational lessons. In addition, the group explores local culture in Kolkata, and travels to Agra in order to visit the Taj Mahal. This trip occurs during winter break.


Peacework Ambassadors | Mekong Delta, Vietnam

During winter break, Wake Forest students partner with Vietnamese college students to volunteer in the rural Mekong Delta. Students work with families to build “Mercy Houses,” which are similar to homes constructed by Habitat for Humanity in the United States. In addition, participants build relationships with families in the local community, often playing soccer and volleyball with children in the evenings and sharing meals together. The group explores local culture and traditions in Ho Chi Minh City, as well.


Helping Hands | Moscow, Russia

Since 2003, Wake Forest students have served with Orphanage 105 in Moscow, Russia. Students perform light construction projects in the orphanage, and engage with the children who live in the home. In addition, students travel to St. Petersburg in order to experience local culture, attend a Russian ballet, and learn about Russian history. The trip occurs during the summer break.

*Please note: we will not be taking this trip in May 2014.


We Share | Kigali, Rwanda

Wake Forest students partner with Rwandan graduates of Generation Rwanda, an organization that was established after the Rwandan Genocide in order to provide educational enrichment and empowerment programs. In teams, Wake Forest students and Rwandans develop lesson plans and teach public speaking, leadership skills, and basic English and math skills. The team learns about Rwandan culture and history through visits to the Genocide Memorial, Nyanya Project, Reconciliation Village, and local markets. This trip occurs during summer break.


May 2014 applications are now available! Please fill out this form. For more information about international service trips, please contact Marianne Magjuka at