Founded in 2012 by two high school teachers in Knox County Kentucky, Appalachian Global Service Corps is in its fifth year of operation .  We provide Appalachian youth with servant leadership experience through international global service projects and leadership training.

Appalachian Global Service Corps (AGSC) participants sit down for their first lunch in Ollantaytambo Peru.
Appalachian Global Service Corps (AGSC) participants sit down for their first lunch in Ollantaytambo Peru

Due to the zip-code they’ve been born in, many students in Appalachia face an up-hill battle. Appalachia is a region plagued by issues related to rural poverty. Our students often lack access to opportunities and programs that their peers in more affluent parts of the state have. Despite this, our students recognize the incredible strengths and attributes of their communities. From a strong sense of community to a deep sense of humility and passion for service, our students understand the complexities of where they live. We aim to leverage our students natural strengths in order to help them grow into the leaders that will bring Appalachia into a prosperous sustainable future.

Since our founding in 2012, AGSC has facilitated international service trips for over 50 Appalachia students to Honduras and Peru. On these trips they have built schools and greenhouses for families and communities, taken part in homestays with local families, and played countless games of soccer with local children.  Additionally, students have witnessed the beauty and wonder of Machu Picchu, dipped their toes in the ocean for the first time, flown in planes, learned basic construction skills, and so much more.

After our trip, students return to Appalachia with experiences that make them eligible for premiere scholarships. They also have the skills, confidence and motivation to become leaders in their communities. They start or lead service clubs in their communities, chose college majors influenced by their experience with Appalachian Global Service Corps, and have a greater since of empathy and understanding of their role in our global society.