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AFS Intercultural Programs

AFS Community Service Program participants volunteer to work at local organizations that address community needs, such as helping street children or developing training programs with human rights workers. Projects vary by hosting country and participants’ interests.


AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.

Appalachian Mountain Club

The Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest nonprofit conservation and recreation organization. They promote the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the mountains, rivers, and trails of the Appalachian region.

City Year

City Year, Inc.‘s signature program, the City Year youth service corps, puts idealism to work by tapping the civic power of youth for an annual campaign of idealism that generates transformative community service, breaks down social barriers, inspires citizens to civic action, develops new leaders for the common good, and improves and promotes the concept of voluntary national service. City Year corps members, ages 17 to 24, unite from diverse racial, educational and socio-economic backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development and civic engagement.


Dynamy programs integrate independent city apartment living with mentored internships, personal and college/career advising, urban and wilderness leadership opportunities, and the company of an incredible group of peers.

Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization that brings science to life for people concerned about the Earth’s future. Founded in 1971, Earthwatch supports scientific field research by offering volunteers the opportunity to join research teams around the world.

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.

Idealist: Action Without Borders

Action Without Borders connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. On the website, you will find Thousands of volunteer opportunities in your community and around the world, and a list of organizations that can help you volunteer abroad.

Rotary International

Rotary International offers a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational programs and activities designed to improve the human condition and advance the organization’s ultimate goal of world understanding and peace. Nine structured programs and nine service opportunities help clubs and districts achieve their service goals in their own communities and in communities abroad, fostering fellowship and goodwill in the process.
School for Field Studies (SFS):

Environmental Field Studies Abroad

The School for Field Studies (SFS), an international non-profit academic institution, provides environmental education and conducts research through its field-based programs. SFS is committed to providing hands-on, interdisciplinary education, and environmental research in partnership with natural resource dependent communities.

The Student Conservation Association

Each year, the Student Conservation Association helps thousands of people 18 and over find a way to make a difference. SCA offers 3-to-12 month, expense-paid internship opportunities in all 50 states, in more than 50 professional fields with the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, and state and local agencies, among others.



AustraLearn and Queenstown Resort College have created a unique 18-week GAP experience that allows students to develop the leadership characteristics, real world skills, and experience that employers and universities seek. Two main program options are available: paid internship or study abroad. Both options also include leadership training, volunteer projects, and university tours. A 16-week study program is also available.

The Experiment in International Living

The Experiment in International Living offers dynamic summer programs for high school students in 27 countries around the world. For 75 years, Experiment programs have provided transformational learning experiences to tens of thousands of young people.

Global Quest

GlobalQuest is a unique not-for-profit study abroad program offering 12-week semester programs for high school seniors and recent graduates taking a year or semester between high school and college. Semesters can be combined for a full year program. Host countries include Thailand and Ecuador/The Galápagos Islands.

Sojourns Abroad

Programs in Siena, Barcelona, and Paris including Language Study, Homestay Accomodation, Social Service, Midweek Excursions, Weekend Travel, Outdoor Adventures, Cultural Enrichment. The programs ground participants quickly as residents in the chosen city.


StudyAbroad.com is the Internet’s leading source of information on educational opportunities for students to study in other countries. It is a comprehensive directory of study abroad programs, including summer study, internship, service learning, and volunteer abroad programs, intensive language programs, and more.

Where There Be Dragons

Where There Be Dragons offers rugged, unique summer and study abroad programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America. For students interested in taking time off, Dragons has crafted exceptional semester programs in India, China, Guatemala and Tibet & Sikkim. Unique program elements and deep cultural immersion provide inspirational and transformative learning opportunities not found in a traditional classroom.


National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

NOLS founder Paul Petzoldt’s idea was simple: take people into the wilderness for an extended period of time, teach them the right things, feed them well and when they walk out of the mountains, they will be skilled leaders. The core of his idea was the extended expedition, one of sufficient length that a person could learn and practice the skills over and over again. That is the backbone of every NOLS course and today the school is widely recognized as the world’s leader in the extended expedition, from two weeks to twelve.

Outward Bound

Outward Bound is a non-profit educational organization with five core programs that change lives, build teams, and transform schools. These programs are Outward Bound Wilderness, Expeditionary Learning Schools Outward Bound, Outward Bound Professional, Outward Bound Urban Centers and Outward Bound Discovery.


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