“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”

Our Mission

Our goal is to improve English skills of kids in the communities we support, while imparting them essential knowledge and values that can contribute to the sustainable development of their community. By providing them with inspiration and a broader perspective, we strive to open them a path to a better future.

Our Vision

Our carefully selected student volunteers travel to the country and work directly with the children to improve their English skills, triggering an exchange of cultures and values. The volunteers should ultimately also transmit essential knowledge which they have as committed HSG students, and support the children in becoming capable leaders in their societies.

Our Impact in Numbers

Using our small size and close relationships with local schools, we provide teaching adapted to the needs of the 5 communities we serve. With a motivated team of student Active Members, we pride ourselves in using our resources effectively and devoting the most to our Projects.

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Children reached in 2022

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Volunteers sent in 2022

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Of our budget destined for onsite project expenses

Our Impact in Stories

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Get to Know Us

PIECES was founded in 2009 by students of the University of St. Gallen within the SIM Master’s program. As part of its curriculum, the SIM (Strategy and International Management) requires students to get involved in a social project. This is how a first group of three students went to Isla Ometepe in Nicaragua to teach as volunteers for the very first time. The experience was a huge success so the team decided to keep it going and turned this one-time project into an organisation, PIECES, that would continue to engage students in such initiatives. Since then, PIECES has greatly evolved and is currently organised with a board counting the heads of departments, active members, and an advisory board including the founding members and others, for them to guide and support the organisation at the university.