Global Learning

Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder (SStS) is a non-profit that partners with high schools around the country, including Asheville School, to create dynamic, experiential summer courses in service and global citizenship.

The mission of SStS is to inspire and support generations of ethical leaders.

Each year, SStS offers meaningful service learning courses in both international and domestic locations. Students then live and serve “shoulder-to-shoulder” with expert non-profit leaders and their communities, working directly on projects to make a long-lasting impact.

Asheville School students have traveled as far as Tibet, Peru, and Kenya or have stayed in the U.S. and worked in places like Pine Ridge, South Dakota or Detroit, Michigan.

All rising fourth, fifth and sixth formers who participate in a SStS course fulfill their graduation requirement for service.

View the SStS course descriptions and apply online. The earlier students apply, the better.

All interested students and families should contact Seth Buddy ( for more information.

Asheville School Students Describe Their SStS Trips

Connor Hovendon 2020

Connor participated in the trip to Bolivia. During this 16-day trip, students partner with the Rio Beni Health Foundation to install water filters for communities in the Bolivian Amazon. The trip begins in the capital, La Paz, where students discover the ancient Aymara culture before embarking to remote communities along the Beni River.

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Proud Jiao 2020

Proud participated in the Nepal trip. The 21-day trip to Nepal partners with The Small World, a Nepalese nonprofit that works to construct schools in rural villages in order to increase girls' access to education. Students visited Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal; Salleri and Mukli, villages in the remote Solukhumbu region; and trekked through the Himalayas to The Small World's Himalayan Hope Home, a facility designed to create a loving family environment to support the needs of 30 orphaned girls.

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