Serve to Learn

Serve to Learn is a unique opportunity to volunteer in Egypt for three weeks, build loving bonds with children there, serve people in their homes as Christ served, get to know the real Egypt, and be part of a close-knit team that teaches kids English and a love of education.


By the grace of God, Serve to Learn trips will resume in 2022. 

Before submitting your application, please ensure you have the following items:

1) Emergency contact information of someone in Egypt (Name, relationship, phone number, address). If you are unable to provide us with an emergency contact residing in Egypt, please have the emergency contact information of someone else;

2) Soft copy of your passport photo page;

3) NEW volunteers, are required to submit a reference letter. Your reference letter should be written by your priest/pastor. However, if this is not possible, you are able to submit a letter written by a servant/manager/supervisor/colleague etc. Please ensure that your reference is contactable and that they know you on a personal level.

Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page, for COVID-related information on precautionary measures and the terms and conditions for travel with Coptic Orphans.

Please note that applications received after the application deadline will be accessed on a case by case basis. You will be placed on a waiting list until the team at Coptic Orphans can access whether or not they can accommodate you.

If you have any questions or require any assistance, please forward your inquiry to




January 29, 2022 – February 19, 2022 (Deadline: November 1)



The Serve To Learn application is currently under maintenance. Please check again later. Please use the expression form below for any inquiries.

Program Impact

19 Years of Service trips to Egypt

11,950 children have been served by volunteers

394 youths have traveled to Egypt to serve

What is serve to learn?

You can change the life of a child! As a Serve to Learn volunteer, you’ll spend three weeks in the heart of Egypt putting your love for children to work by teaching them basic English skills through fun activities. You’ll get to know the real Egypt and its people. And you’ll experience serving people as Christ served, in their homes. You’ll be hosted by the Coptic diocese at one of Serve to Learn’s sites in simple villages along the Nile.

Who can join?

Any person with a love for serving children who is prepared for an intense and immersive experience can come
and put their love for God’s children to work. Volunteers must be 17 years or older. You do not need a background in teaching nor fluency in Arabic.

Families are also welcome (children 10 years old and older may attend as long as they are supervised by a parent).

Where do we go?

Serve to Learn focuses on serving rural villages in Upper Egypt. As a Serve to Learn volunteer, you will be hosted by the local bishop in a  monastery, church house, or diocese service building.


Through the Grace of God, Serve to Learn has grown in scope and focus. The following are the distinct focus areas:



Volunteers serve fatherless children in classrooms by teaching English and through creative workshops that aim to equip the local community with the knowledge to deal with social issues common in poverty-stricken communities in Egypt.



Volunteers work with girls and young women participating in the Valuable Girl Project, teaching them English and encouraging female empowerment through mentorship and the creation of safe spaces for open dialogue and mutual support. Open only to female volunteers.



In partnership with CMANA (Coptic Medical Association of North America), volunteers raise awareness about health education in local communities by leading classes focusing on topics such as nutrition, hygiene, and public health. Applications for the Health Education trip will be processed by CMANA.