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Membership with IVPA is a distinguished mark of excellence. We stand for responsibility in the field of international volunteer abroad programs. Our members are expected to uphold the IVPA's Principles and Practices as guidelines for good programming as well as meet stringent membership criteria.
|American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad (AYUDA)
Established in 1996, AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc.) is a non- profit volunteer-based organization that empowers youth to serve as agents of social change in diabetes communities throughout the world. AYUDA is dedicated to supporting local diabetes communities develop and implement sustainable programs throughout the world. AYUDA’s innovative peer learning model uses international volunteers as catalysts for motivating local youth living with diabetes to live happy and healthy lives. AYUDA’s initial focus emerged from Latin America but has expanded in scope to currently include volunteer programs in Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Bermuda.
|Amigos de las Américas
(AMIGOS) is an international, voluntary, not-for-profit organization established in 1965. AMIGOS’ mission is to build and inspire young leaders through collaborative community development and immersion in cross cultural experiences. For more information about AMIGOS, visit our website at:
Our 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. We are an international not-for-profit organization with no political or religious affiliations.
|Global Citizens Network
Global Citizens Network recognizes the interdependence of people around the world, and that social and economic injustice, racial and ethnic inequality, and ecological loss affect all people. But through cooperative effort, individuals of all cultures can experience and enhance their ability to make a difference in their community and their world. To foster that cooperation, Global Citizens Network sends short-term teams of volunteers to communities in other cultures where participants immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of the community. Each volunteer team is partnered with a local grassroots organization active in meeting local needs. Global Citizens Network creates a worldwide network of people and organizations committed to addressing global issues. By providing participants the opportunity to learn about the society, knowledge, art and livelihood of other cultures, Global Citizens Network seeks to honor and help preserve those cultures. By providing the resources of participating volunteers and project grants, Global Citizens Network seeks to assist human and community development in those cultures. By creating a network of people and organizations, Global Citizens Network also seeks to enhance participants' impact on issues of local and global concern.
Global Service Corps
Community development work in Tanzania has expanded due to funding from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and other agencies. This funding gives GSC participants the rare opportunity to see the inner-workings of an international development agency by working alongside our staff of development professionals. Service work is conducted in both urban and rural areas with some of the country’s most vulnerable populations, including widows, orphans, Maasai and other indigenous groups.
Whether volunteering in Tanzania, Thailand, or Cambodia, all GSC participants are fully immersed in the local cultures as they live, work, learn, and play among families, staff, students, and community members. Participants receive language and cultural orientation as well as technical training that will prepare them to assist in a variety of community development and training projects with the goal of meeting the basic needs of the community along with empowering its members to improve their livelihoods. As an accredited NGO with a complete in-country staff, Global Service Corps has become an established part of each community it serves, and tailors its programs to offer the most sustainable benefit to the community, while providing an unforgettable experience for its volunteer participants.
Globe Aware seeks to promote lifelong advocates for a better world and to sustain the world's cultural and natural resources. The organization, together with the local community hosts, develops effective local solutions to global problems in non-religious, non-political, multi-international environments. The aim is to expand and foster cross-cultural peace and understanding between Americans and the rest of the world, to preserve culture and promote sustainability. Globe Aware expeditions provide volunteers the opportunity to live and work side by side with a host community. The hosts provide a safe and interesting setting in which to learn, help, and have fun. The volunteers help to empower the host communities in creating renewable, self-sufficient programs. While Globe Aware's financial assistance benefits the community economically, it is actually the involvement and collaboration between the volunteers and community that is the greatest mutual benefit.
|Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat is a worldwide, grassroots movement with a presence in more than 90 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
Projects Abroad sends volunteers abroad to over 20 countries to do over 100 different internships and service projects. Founded in 1992, we have grown to a team of 500 people around the world that sends 10,000 volunteers annually. Volunteers can go at any time, for as long as they wish. Our most popular programs include: environmental conservation, archaeology and cultural preservation, teaching English, care work in orphanages, as well as medical and nursing projects.
Service for Peace
Service For Peace specializes in providing genuine, safe, fun, and meaningful international service experiences for private groups as well as programs open to the public, introducing volunteers to issues of community development, education, health, and other social themes.
Our programs attract volunteers from diverse parts of the world and engage international volunteers with local counterparts from the host country and even the host community. Volunteers and our Communities of Peace are transformed by intercultural service, and our participants also have the opportunity to experience their host culture from an “insider” perspective together with local staff and participants. Our programs are designed to assist in ongoing initiatives within our long-term partner Communities of Peace, providing an exciting and realistic experience to volunteers and ensuring a sustainable impact in our communities.
Our programs send volunteers to over 20 countries in the world, including the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Guatemala, the Philippines, Ghana, Honduras, and more. Our programs range in cost from between $550 to $950, and are essentially “all-inclusive,” providing housing, in-country transportation, meals, clean drinking water, service and program materials, cultural activities, 24-hour staff accompaniment, and more.