San Francisco Community Exposure

243723_474323175911035_1565590545_oSan Francisco provides an exceptional context in which visiting groups can experience a wide variety of people, places and culture. The city is a historic nexus of many movements.  World renowned musicians and artists laid roots in the heart of downtown. During the mid twentieth century the city became a safe haven for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Political activists continue to fight for environmental sustainability, human rights and affordable housing. The city is even on the map for one of the first safe injection sites in the US. San Francisco’s diverse population includes immigrants who have come from all over the world as well as several thousand people who reside on city streets.

Whether you are interested in art and culture or public health and social justice, we can tailor an experience to fit your group interests and the mission of your trip.

Local NGOs, social service organizations, and churches have long been pushing for and responding to social change in the Bay Area. The Waller Center gives visiting groups the opportunity to learn about the region from these organizations and their leaders through our social justice community exposures. We hope that your group will be inspired with new ideas about how you can engage your community back home.

Each opportunity is designed in consultation with participating groups. Itineraries include guest lectures and field trips to historic and contemporary sites based on groups’ interests and time frame. Sample topics include:

Housing and homelessness
Gentrification/neighborhood change
Health Care
Public transportation
Environmental sustainability
Sexuality and gender identity

Direct volunteer service may be arranged. Visiting groups may also arrange their own volunteer service outside of our community opportunities and may find our links page helpful.

Coordination rates vary depending on group size. Please contact the site coordinator at to begin designing your experience!


The Waller Center is a site of the Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries of The California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church