Exeter Student Service Organization

Pick your cause

Exeter Student Service Organization is student-led and includes about 50 service-oriented clubs working with community partners. The mission: To provide direct service and support to communities, both locally and globally, and to learn from those experiences and carry that knowledge forward.

With over half of the students participating in ESSO activities each year, there are many ways to connect with your peers and have an impact on the lives of others. ESSO is so popular we’ve given our volunteers a special name: ESSOnians.

Our Programs

We offer a variety of support programs for children, including academic tutoring, music lessons and Girls Who Code.

Click the boxes below to read about our fall programs or find the registration form here.


service clubs and projects

My focus on global health and startups that have a tangible benefit to other people’s lives stems from my experience doing community service at Exeter."
Jason Kang '12

For many of our students, ESSO programs become a main focus, even extending into summer and school vacations.

Here’s a sampling of our clubs and projects:

  • Children’s Sports offers opportunities for children to hone their skills in tennis, soccer, basketball and skating.
  • Essonians tutor youngsters virtually in a variety of academic subjects. 
  • Paper Airplanes tutors English to Syrian refugees around the world.
  • Global Health Collaborative focuses on the impacts of the coronavirus around the world. 
  • Read aloud, brings to elementary-aged children books that celebrate diversity and inclusion, and champion those in society who traditionally have been marginalized.
  • Beach cleanup works with Blue Ocean Society and local volunteers to keep local natural resources healthy.
  • Dog walking pairs students with employee dogs for an outing.
  • Girls Who Code and Junior Computer Programming work with children to broaden their interest in STEM related topics.