National and International Volunteer Opportunities
Cross-Cultural Solutions offers a wide range of safe, culturally immersive volunteer trips abroad that support the objectives of local communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Volunteers work alongside local people to address a specific community need based on their skills and interests, such as improving education for children, supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS or improving the quality of care for people with disabilities. Learn more!
Amigos de Las Américas trains college students to design and lead service projects in Latin America related to areas such as public health, youth engagement and environmental sustainability. The summer or gap year programs are a full-immersion cultural exchange where participants gain hands-on experience running community development projects while living with a host family in a small to medium sized community. The Wisconsin Chapter of Amigos de Las Américas invites students to join their training program to prepare for their service time abroad. Learn more!
UBELONG is an international volunteer and learning organization that brings people together across borders to take action for positive change. Volunteers apply to a project in the community of their choice, such as assisting at a local sports center in Peru, working on an organic farm in Laos or supporting efforts to stop child labor in Ghana. Projects range from one to 24 weeks in length and are offered in communities all over the world at an affordable cost. Learn more!
AIESEC is a global, youth-led organization that puts together international volunteer experiences for college students. Volunteers are matched with opportunities and organizations related to their area of interest, whether that be delivering sanitation, eradicating poverty or improving literacy. AIESEC provides support for students as they prepare for their time abroad and during the duration of their service. These experiences can range from 6 weeks to 18 months and volunteers often receive a stipend as well as basic support services like food and accommodation. Learn more!
AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, community and faith-based groups across the country. With the AmeriCorps State and National program, members serve with national and local nonprofit and community groups to help communities tackle pressing problem while mobilizing volunteers for the organizations they serve. Learn more!
City Year is an AmeriCorps program for young adults ages 17 to 24 that works to bridge the gap in high poverty communities between the support that students actually need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. For 11 months, City Year Americorps members work full-time alongside teachers in schools providing individualized support to at-risk students who need extra attention. Learn more!
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential service program for you adults ages 18-24. Members are organized into 10-12 member teams and carry out projects in public safety, the environment, youth development and disaster relief and preparedness. Learn more!
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members serve a full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency to build the capacity of these organizations to carry out programs that fight poverty. VISTAs support programs that improve academic performance, expand job opportunities, develop financial assets, reduce homelessness and improve health services. Learn more!
Public Allies is a 10-month long program that prepares talented young adults from diverse backgrounds for careers working for community and social change. Allies work full-time with a nonprofit organization addressing critical community issues, such as facilitating cross-cultural dialogue in a local neighborhood, recruiting and managing volunteers for a food bank or running an after-school program for youth. Allie earn a monthly stipend and an education award at the successful completion of the program. Learn more!
Alternative Breaks provides service learning opportunities working with important issues such as the environment, education, immigration, poverty, and more. These are safe and affordable trips offered to UW-Madison undergraduate and graduate students offered during winter, spring and summer breaks both within the United States and abroad. Learn more!
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