Quick Info

  • Matelot, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Spring Break
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business
  • : 9 March 2019 - 16 March 2019
  • : Program price - $4,000, Program price after scholarship - $1000 (see scholarship information below)
  • : Sunday, 7 October 2018
  • : 3.0 GPA, Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Business Students Only


Students will earn three credits for the program through 'BUS 1755 - Service Learning in Organizations'. The academic course will take place during the spring semester on Mondays and Wedesdays 11:00am -12:15pm and will be taught by Associate Dean Dr. Audrey Murrell,. Students will complete their project after returning from the in-country portion of the program.

For Pitt Business students, this course fulfills a foreign culture requirement, a social sciences requirement, an elective towards the Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the functional elective towards the Certificate Program in Leadership and Ethics, and the Projects in Global Management Capstone for Global Management majors.


This course explores service learning as a form of active learning that values critical thinking and problem solving. When service-learning is effectively implemented, students gain in measures of academic achievement, citizenship, and leadership competence. There are several components of the service learning (SL) approach:

  • SL uses community service as the vehicle for the attainment of students' academic goals and objectives.
  • Community service fills a need in the community through volunteer efforts. Service-learning also fills that need, but it uses that need as a foundation to examine ourselves, society, and the future. Further, service-learning provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations.
  • SL identifies in advance and tracks specific learning objectives and goals.
  • Students perform a valuable, significant, and necessary service which has real consequence to a community, organization or other stakeholder group.
  • SL enhances student learning by joining theory with experience and thought with action; it also helps students to see the relevance of academic subject to the real world.
  • SL also builds leadership competence through practice, reflection and active engagement.

Upon completion of the course, students will have accomplished the following:

  1. Developed an understanding of the concept of servant leadership and how it explains the inextricable link between ethics and effective leadership.
  2. Studied the key characteristics of servant leadership and how they related to and impact both personal and business success.
  3. Enhanced one's project management skills by working as part of a team on a servant leadership project.
  4. Develop critical leadership skills such as conflict resolution, negotiations and high impact communication.
  5. Applied course concepts to a relevant example in the service learning project, in which the teams work on a specific external project related to leadership, social responsibility, and ethics in business.
  6. Applied course concepts using a case analysis, business plan, and/or presentation to a client.

Experiential Learning


"While in-country, we faced plenty of obstacles that forced us to take away valuable life-long lessons that are attributable to both our personal lives as well as our professional lives. Living in paradise taught us to adapt, communicate, and build a community. On a personal level, I have already noticed how my attention to detail has grown. Understanding that engaging in your community and including important information in any message promotes efficiency and clarity, allowing for room to easily pivot just in case of any unforeseen events." - Donald Kerr, GSL Trinidad, Junior CPLE student

“It is hard to appreciate “service learning” until you experience it. While I was helping the community by doing my project and helping to build and paint the library, I was taking so much out of the experience that will help further my development. I was gaining confidence, communication skills, leadership skills, and so much more. Coming back, I know I have several transferable skills to talk about and use in the future.” - Olivia Drohan, GSL Trinidad

"In addition to adapting to new living situations and talking to foreigners, I found out that when you’re traveling or doing anything new, you have to let go completely. Any time that I found myself comparing the cultures or living situations of Trinidad and the US, I felt limited in what I could get out of the experience. Once I put aside all that I was accustomed to, I was able to get my hands dirty and really enjoy it. This is the one factor that made everything much more enjoyable and let me engage myself in a really meaningful way.” - Austin Hicks-Frank, GSL Trinidad

"Overall, this service learning project in Matelot, Trinidad has been an amazing experience to participate in. It was great to immerse ourselves into the local community and see how we could potentially help aid the community through our work in conjunction with Amizade. This experience has taught me a lot, much of which I will carry with me into my future studies and career.” - David Hornyak, GSL Trinidad

"Overall, this entire experience has been unforgettable and taught me things academically, professionally and especially personally that I would not have been able to learn in another type of environment.” - Danielle Isenberg

"I did not even realize that I was missing my phone and sports until after we were able to use them again. I had adjusted to life without it, and eventually stopped missing it and used the extra time I had in my life to enjoy what was happening around me. I also adapted to the culture, and the uncomfortable and weird feeling I had at the beginning of the week melted away and was replaced with a sense of belonging and community by the time we said our final goodbyes to Matelot.” - Cody Legters, GSL Trinidad

Want to learn more?  Check out the Pitt Business To The World  for past participant experiences: 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Associate Dean Dr. Audrey Murrell will teach BUS 1755 - Service Learning in Organizations, which will take place during the spring term.

A Pitt Business International Programs staff member will travel with the group to serve as additional support and to help facilitate logistics. 

Amizade, the program's in-country partner, employs a local Site Director who will act as the main contact throughout the program.


Students will stay in a hotel in Port of Spain, which is tentatively the Samis Villa hotel.

Students will stay in guest houses in Matelot. Guest houses are equipped with all the necessities (running water, toilets, etc.), but students should be prepared for and open to the concept of much simpler and more rustic accommodations than would be expected at home.


Pricing And Dates

Program Fee
$4000 - see below for scholarship information
Arrive in Trinidad Depart Trinidad
Saturday, March 9 2019 Saturday, March 16, 2019

All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be: Oct 19, 2018 from 6-8pm. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Students participating in the program will recieve:

  • A $3,000 scholarship, bringing the program fee to $1000
  • All CPLE members are also eligible for other scholarships listed on abroad.pitt.edu/scholarships but additional scholarships are not guaranteed 


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition
  • Round-trip flights from Pittsburgh-Trinidad, Trinidad-Pittsburgh
  • Housing
  • Cultural and project-related site visits
  • Transportation to and from all cultural and project-related site visits
  • Most meals
  • International health insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Some meals (~$100-$300)
  • Additional spending money

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

This program is only open to active members the CPLE. Please visit CPLE's website to learn more.

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Program Staff

Hillary Koller

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Hello! I’m Hillary, the Internship Manager for Pitt Business International Programs. I originally hail from New Jersey, but became a member of the Pitt community as an undergraduate student in 2002 and I have been here pretty much ever since. During my time at Pitt I’ve had the opportunity to accompany students abroad, and I’m excited to work with you to make your international internship experience a valuable one! When I’m not in the office, you can find me spending time in the great outdoors, reading, cooking, and taking a yoga or ballet class. Get in touch with me at hkoller@pitt.edu or 412-648-0276.