Overseas Volunteer Opportunities




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.

Jewish Organizations

  • 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.

Online Resources


Specific Programs 


Medical Opportunities


Volunteering Opportunities for Teenagers

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.

Programs for Recent College Graduates 

Volunteering 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: Human Rights Delegations for Young Leaders

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.