Study abroad is equal parts adventurous, exciting, and fun, for sure, but it’s also challenging – in the very best way. Diving from your comfort zone into a different culture takes a real leap of faith, but what you’ll gain makes it all worthwhile. Some students seek to take this challenge even further through community-based learning, where you work alongside local people toward a common goal, gaining a deeper understanding of the culture, the community, and the social issues they face.

Here are the nine best places for those who want to give back while studying abroad.