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International Service Opportunities


Want to volunteer internationally but don't know how? Below are some informative websites that will help you decide where and how you can expand your volunteerism overseas:


Africare: www.africare.org. For four decades, Africare has traveled to more than 36 countries across the continent of Africa, moving through every imaginable terrain to reach communities where the needs are the greatest.  Today, Africare's 200+ programs reach families and communities in some 25 nations in every region of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Amnesty International USA: www.amnestyusa.com. Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.

Give and Surf:  www.giveandsurf.org , a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on education in Bocas del Toro, Panama, is proud to present a new internship program for college students and recent graduates. We are partnering with Universities to create community-based internships; positions that allow students and graduates to enrich their knowledge of community development, Spanish, non-profit administration, and education. Our Internship Program enables participants to engage in hands-on international work, a critical and life-changing experience for anyone seeking a career in a number of fields. While flexible, the internships will focus on the following areas: Community Development, Teaching ESL Courses, Social Media and Outreach, Infrastructure development, Grant Writing, Business Development, Volunteer Coordination, Music and the Arts.

Habitat for Humanity International:  www.habitat.org Habitat for Humanity International invites veterans and their families to join together to make homeownership a reality for people in Vietnam.  Be a part of this special event to build a better future for families in Tien Giang province. You will be making a difference in their lives by giving them a hand out of the cycle of poverty.

Human Rights Watch: www.hrw.org. Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.  For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

Oxfam America: www.oxfamamerica.org. Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice.  Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice.

Peace Corps: www.peacecorps.gov. The Peace Corps began in 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.

Volunteer Abroad:  www.volunteerabroad.com. Volunteer Abroad is a search engine that lists more than 17,000 international volunteer opportunities.

Volunteers for Peace - International Work Camps: www.vfp.org. Volunteers for Peace works with large network organizations worldwide to promote International Voluntary Service projects. Through their international alliances, they exchange over 1,000 volunteers each year who work together to help communities meet local needs and some of the goals of the United Nation's Millennium Declaration.

 Last Modified 7/22/13