PUBLICATIONS AND WEB RESOURCES ON VOLUNTEERING IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
The information below was compiled by the American Jewish World Service, but neither AJWS nort JCRC necessarily share the values of all of these organizations. Further research of the goals and mechanisms of these resources and organizations is the responsibility of the volunteer.
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) – An international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee – Assist Jewish communities abroad.
- International Volunteer Programs Association
- World Volunteer Web
- Transitions Abroad – Volunteer Work Abroad
- nGoAbroad – Refers people with skills, primarily professionals to suitable international organizations. Email: [email protected] (877) 237-1965 (Pacific time) - toll free in the US and Canada.
- ACDI / VOCA
- PYXERA Global
- Cross-Cultural Solutions
- Geekcorps – Provides computer technology support to businesses in the developing world
- Global Volunteers – (800) 487-1047 or (612) 482-0915
- International Cultural Adventures
- International Executive Service Corps
- Winrock International
- World Teach – Teach English abroad, need BA except for China. $5,000 program fee that includes airfare.
- International Medical Volunteers Association
- Health Volunteers Overseas
- International Health Opportunities Clearinghouse
- International Medical Health Organization
- Skillshare International
- Project Open Hearts
Find information about a variety of opportunities at AJWS including:American Jewish Society for Service, Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center’s Camp Service, Panim’s Jewish Civics Initiative and Summer JAM (Judaism, Activism, and Mitzvah work), Nesiya Institute, Union for Reform Judaism’s NFTY Mitzvah Corps, BBYO/ Spark’s Nitzotz program, Panim el Panim, Yachad’s Ramp It Up program, Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute’s Service Learning Camp, Camp Tawonga’s teen service learning trip to Israel, the 92nd Street Y’s Tiyul program, and Temple B’nai Abraham’s Tikkun Olam family work project.
Volunteers for Peace resource list for teenagers.
Amigos de las Americas – Volunteering in South America for anyone at least 16 years old. (800) 231-7796 or (713) 782-9267.
Idealist.org – Kids & teens volunteer resource center.
Visions Service Adventures – Teen summer programs.
Youth International – Ages 18-25.
University of California at Irvine – “Best Bets for Volunteering Abroad.”
American Institute for Foreign Study – Teaching/volunteering abroad links.
- Volunteering in Israel from the World Union of Jewish Students.
- Livnot U’lehibanot – Volunteers needed in Israel
Alternatives to the Peace Corps: A Directory of Global Volunteer Opportunities (12th ed.). Edited by Caiti HachmyerJennifer S. Willsea and Meagan Reule ($10.95 plus $3.50 shipping), Food First Books: Oakland, CA. Distributed by LPC Group (800) 243-0138.
Global Youth Connect, an international human rights organization, recruits young leaders (ages 18-25) to participate in human rights delegations during the summer. Program locations include: Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala and Rwanda. Applicants should wish to expand their knowledge and understanding of human rights and social justice.