Non-Profit and Volunteer Resources

There are many opportunities for students to do non-profit work abroad.  Many non-profit organizations offer potential exposure that other jobs do not because of their unique structure and small size.  Students often times are able to perform functions in capacities that would otherwise be reserved for more seasoned employees.  Opportunities in the non-profit sector can offer students the opportunity to take on more responsibility and strengthen existing talent and skills.

Helpful Volunteer and Non-Profit websites:

Foundation for Sustainable Development-FSD partners with local leaders to build networks and collaborate on community-driven approaches to development issues. Each of FSD’s ten program locations provides a range of opportunities to intern or volunteer abroad in microfinancehealth, environment, youth and education,  women’s empowerment,  community development, and human rights.

Transitions Abroad is a portal for paid and volunteer work abroad.  List of articles, programs and web sites for jobs teaching English abroad.

Cross Cultural Solutions is a non-profit organization which places over 4,000 people a year in its volunteer programs inAfricaAsiaLatin America, and Eastern Europe. CCS has a worldwide staff of over 300 people in 12 countries, with administrative offices located in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

Inter Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural awareness through a wide range of work and travel, language school, volunteer, professional training, internships and au pair programs within the United States and around the world.

Idealist is a non-profit organization with an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives. With Idealist you can find people, organizations, groups, jobs, and volunteer opportunities.  You can sign up to receive daily alerts with new opportunities matching your interests, and create a personal profile to network with other Idealists.

WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded by a group of Harvard students in 1986 and based at the Center for International Development at Harvard.  It provides opportunities for individuals to make a contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries.

Omprakash Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to empowering social transformation and education projects around the world.

BUNAC is a U.K. nonprofit organization, for over 46 years BUNAC has offered eligible applicants aged 18 and over an opportunity to spend extended time living, working, and traveling overseas. is an Action Without Borders international volunteering site.

The Peace Corps is life-defining leadership experience. Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource – its people. Volunteers serve in 77 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.

The One World Foundation of New York, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission to empower young people (ages 18 to 25) from minority and indigenous backgrounds. Through international and domestic service projects, workshops and leadership development programs, One World Foundation seeks to equip younger generations with the tools necessary to affect social change on both domestic and international levels.

Operation Crossroads Africa is a US-based private voluntary organization that sponsors cross-cultural exchanges and small-scale development projects in Africa. Participant fee involved.

Global Service Corps- Working from offices on three continents, Global Service Corps is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of designing and implementing effective service-learning programs that provide maximum benefit to our program participants and the communities we serve.

Global Volunteer Network- (GVN) offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects around the world. The organization currently provides volunteer programs through partner organizations in 21 countries throughout South America, Africa and Asia.

United Planet strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United Planet's global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders. The underlying principle of our programs is the concept of Relational Diplomacy -- recognizing that the relationship between people of diverse backgrounds is the basic building block for uniting the world. United Planet’s innovative programs are designed to expose our common human bonds, generate respect and appreciation for our cultural, racial, and religious diversity, and enrich lives of our neighbors worldwide.

International Development Group, Devex (DO GOOD.  DO IT WELL.)  On its site you can find jobs, projects, news - and professional connections. Click on “jobs” and browse by job level (including entry and internships/volunteers) and then sector (such as technology, humanitarian relief, HIV/AIDS)

United Nations Volunteers contribute to peace and development through volunteerism.  UNV is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and by the idea that everyone can contribute their time and energy towards peace and development. With partners, UNV advocates for volunteerism, integrates volunteerism into development planning and mobilizes volunteers. The enormous potential of volunteerism is an inspiration to UNV and to volunteers around the world.