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  1. The 10/10 Project is an international NGO with a two-fold purpose. They challenge minds through active and experiential learning, as well as working to end poverty through grassroots endeavors in impoverished communities around the world. Trips to Africa include opportunities for learning and relationship building, creating advocates that will come home and speak up about poverty and inequity issues around the globe. 
  2. Amigos de Las Americas is an international, non-profit organization with over 40 years experience in sending students to Latin America for summer public health projects.  
  3. BridgeVolunteers and Volunteer Adventures: The mission of BridgeVolunteers is to provide safe, rewarding, and productive service learning and volunteer opportunities which improve the lives of others and provide an enriching experience abroad. They strive to facilitate successful service learning and volunteer experiences by linking local community projects with dedicated volunteers, providing faculty members and group leaders with top-notch support, and creating customized programs designed specifically to suit each group's needs. Their sister organization, Volunteer Adventures, creates and promotes volunteer opportunities that improve the lives of others and the environment in which we live.  Volunteers are able to participate in a diverse set of programs throughout the year.
  4. Child Family Health International is the leading nongovernmental organization (NGO) placing health science students on global health education programs in ways that are socially responsible and financially just. They model best global health education practices which demonstrate a priority commitment to community engagement and local integrity. 
  5. Comunidad Connect was started by CU-Boulder and Study Abroad Programs alumnus Roman Yavich. The mission of CC is to focus on sustainable grassroots community development in Nicaragua. To offset a portion of its administrative expenses, CC hosts VolunTourists on a wide variety of flexible projects and internships, from one week to several months. VolunTourists can stay with Nicaraguan host families, take Spanish classes, and work alongside Nicaraguans in areas such as construction, education, arts, and sports.
  6. Cross-Cultural Solutions is an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding.
  7. Earthwatch Institute engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
  8. Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit organization for engineering students and professionals aimed at helping developing countries with their engineering needs through sustainable development projects.
  9. Idealist.org is an independent organization committed to assisting people in finding volunteer, work and teaching positions abroad. They have info on 20,000 volunteer organizations in 125 countries.
  10. InterAction is a non-governmental organization with members in every developing country, their mission is to provide aid and assistance to impoverished peoples. They have 165 nonprofit US-based organizations working overseas.
  11. Institute for International Education: Although the listings are primarily study broad programs, it is possible to search by internships and volunteer programs.
  12. International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) is a US-based professional association for administrators of volunteer abroad programs. IVPA sets standards for volunteer abroad programs. The IVPA website lists programs for volunteering abroad that adhere to the IVPA standards. 
  13. i-to-i offers unique travel and work experiences for people of all ages, from all backgrounds. Offers a wide variety of volunteer experiences throughout the world, along with quality TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training.
  14. Kindred Spirits Foundation is a grassroots non-profit organization that offers short-term international service-learning programs.
  15. Operation Crossroads Africa: The programs of Operation Crossroads Africa are designed to promote understanding of Africa and the African Diaspora based on the belief that one can truly enter another culture only by living and working in it. 
  16. Peace Corps: Representing the rich diversity of the American people, Peace Corps Volunteers range in age from college students to retirees. Every Peace Corps Volunteer's experience is different. From teaching English to elementary school children in Zambia to launching a computer learning center in Moldova to promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in South Africa to working on soil conservation in Panama, volunteers bring their skills and life experiences to where they are needed most.  
    • CU Chapter of the Peace Corps sends volunteers to over 70 countries worldwide. Volunteers learn the local language, help with environmental engineering, teach children, assist in starting small businesses, and educate people on health and the spread of diseases.  
  17. Volunteers for Peace is a non-profit group sending volunteers to international work camps for short-term experiences abroad. 
  18. World Endeavors provides volunteer, intern, and study abroad programs in several countries around the world.
  19. World Teach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries.
  20. WWOOF is a world wide network exchange that helps people to share more sustainable ways of living through linking people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help. WWOOF volunteers do not pay for their stay, neither are they paid for their services. The diversity of hosts available offers a large variety of tasks and experiences.

     

 

Disclaimer: Providing information about international opportunities does not constitute an endorsement by the University of Colorado at Boulder or the Office of International Education. The Office of International Education is not an agent for these programs, does not guarantee their quality or that academic credits earned may be transferred to CU-Boulder. The listings are provided for your information only.