American Jewish World Service | Catholic Medical Missions Board | Catholic Volunteer Network | Christian Peacemaker Teams | CRISPAZ | Fuller Center | Habitat For Humanity | Hope Corps |Lay Mission-Helpers Association | Mercy Ships | Mission Discovery | Projects Overland | Viatores Christi
American Jewish World Service http://www.ajws.org American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is 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.
http://www.cmmb.org Catholic Medical Mission Board’s Medical Volunteer Program seeks to place U.S. and Canadian licensed health care professionals at facilities in developing countries. Primary needs are for physicians, surgeons, registered nurses, physical therapists, lab techs and other allied health professionals. Volunteers are placed in Africa, Latin America, Caribbean, and Asia. Depending on skill and location, the mission term may vary from two weeks to two years. Room and board provided. Travel costs, health insurance and stipend provided for long-term volunteers.
http://www.catholicvolunteernetwork.org Catholic Volunteer Network, established in 1963, is a non-profit membership organization of more than 200 domestic and international Christian-based volunteer and lay mission programs. Currently, more than 10,000 volunteers and lay missioners serve in these programs throughout the U.S. and in more than 100 other countries worldwide. CNVS publishes and distributes RESPONSE the most comprehensive handbook of lay mission volunteer opportunities, each faith-based service and those who promote such service. RESPONSE explains the details of full-time volunteer service with individual programs and includes a special placement index of programs that accept volunteer placements ranging from one week to many years.
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) offers an organized, nonviolent alternative to war and other forms of lethal inter-group conflict. CPT provides organizational support to persons committed to faith-based nonviolent alternatives in situations where lethal conflict is an immediate reality or is supported by public policy. CPT has projects in Colombia, Palestine, Iraq, the U.S./Mexico borderlands and Native communities in North America. Delegations are a primary way to become involved in the work of CPT. Christian Peacemaker Teams sends short-term (7-14day) peacemaker delegations into crisis settings around the world. These delegations link communities experiencing violence with concerned individuals, churches and groups. Delegations offer participants a first-hand experience of CPT’s on-the-ground experiment in faith-based, active peacemaking. Delegations are open to all interested people and do not require specific nonviolence training. Delegations are also the first step for those considering joining CPT’s Peacemaker Corps either full or part time. Peacemaker Corps members staff CPT’s long-term violence- reduction projects around the world. For current project locations and a list of upcoming delegations visit the CPT website.
CRISAPZ – Christians for Peace in El Salvador was founded in 1984. We are a faith-based organization dedicated to the mutual accompaniment with the church of the poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador. In building bridges of solidarity between communities in EL Salvador and those in our home countries we strive together for peace, justice and human liberation. As an organization we are politically non-partisan and committed to non-violence. One of the best ways to see if El Salvador is a place you may want to volunteer is to organize a delegation with family and friends. A minimum of seven people are needed to organize and trip and we have the capacity for as many as 15 in the group. Spend 7-12 days learning about this developing country with themes such as Church of the Poor: Memory of the Martyrs, Economics for Peoples: Understanding Global Economic Reality in El Salvador, Rural Communities: Survival, Sustainability and Solidarity, Youth: Current Struggles, Future Hopes to see where your heart is captured. If you desire more, we have a short term (3 month) and a long term (15 months) volunteer program.
The Fuller Center for Housing, faith-driven and Christ-centered, promotes collaborative, innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.
The Global Builders program is a critical part of the Fuller Center’s mission and success. By bringing together people of different backgrounds, faiths and cultures, it’s not just a chance to build houses, but also to build friendships, understanding and raise awareness.
No skill levels are needed, just a willing heart to serve. Join or help organize a team today.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that is working in partnership with low-income families around the world to build simple, decent housing. Habitat operates in nearly 3,000 communities in nearly 100 countries. Habitat’s Global Village Work Trips allow volunteers to travel to locations around the world to help build Habitat houses with families in need. Global Village trips often last one to three weeks and usually cost $100 per day. The trip cost includes all food, lodging, transportation, emergency health insurance and a donation to Habitat. For those who seek a more long-term volunteer experience abroad, there is Habitat’s International Volunteer Program. For more information visit the website above.
Hope Corps, the volunteer arm of World Hope International (WHI), is a program that facilitates short-term (one week to one year) outreach opportunities for groups or individuals in various countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Many Hope Corps volunteers participate in 10-14 day team trip sponsored by their church or organized by WHI around a specific purpose. Such teams involve Village Partnership teams, Teacher Mentoring Teams, or Anti-Trafficking Awareness Teams. Hope Corps also offers longer placements for volunteers who have been overseas before and want a more in-depth experience, for 1 month to 1 year. These placements focus on specific responsibilities in the context of the local WHI office in the host country such as Staff Care Volunteer, Volunteer Accountant, or Teams Coordinator. Visit the World Hope International website, http://www.worldhope.org and click on Our Work, then Hope Corps for the list of current opportunities.
Lay Mission-Helpers Association
Founded by Msgr. Anthony Brouwers this organization recruits, trains and supports the work of lay missionaries serving around the world in varied professions; teachers, nurses, computer specialists, agronomists, pastoral consultants, accountants, and administrators. In the nearly 50 years of service, more than 700 lay missionaries have served with LMH and MDA in 35 countries around the world. For further information visit website link above and click on “Lay Mission-Helpers” at bottom of page.
Mercy Ships is a global charity that has operated hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilizing people and resources worldwide, and serving all people without regard for race, gender, or religion. Short-term crew can volunteer from two weeks to two years depending on the position and typically fill service roles or very specialized medical or technical positions. The ability to utilize professional volunteers as Crew allows Mercy Ships to maximize our donor support and serve those who need help the most. http://www.mercyships.org/ Our Vision: To be recognized as the most effective organization at providing opportunities for volunteers to help survivors of natural disasters.
Don’t send your grandkids on a mission trip…Take them with Mission Discovery Mission Discovery offers a variety of mission opportunities for people of all age groups. You can volunteer a week to teach students how to build a house in Mexico or how to repair a home in the United States. You can participate at one of our many adult trips in Mexico, the United States, the Caribbean, or Africa. You can even build a home and lead a bible school in Mexico with your entire family at a Mission Discovery family camp. The philosophy at Mission Discovery is simple: we exist to mobilize the church to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the world’s poor. Join with us and change a life with Mission Discovery. The life you change might even be your own.
Projects Overland, is a volunteer organization based in Tanzania, operated through the Anglican Church of Tanzania, Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro. We have offices in Arusha, Moshi and Zanzibar and support projects in medical placements, schools, orphanages and community projects (eg. AIDS, human rights). Our volunteers come from all over the world and we offer them safe and affordable accommodation, 24/7 support, rewarding experiences and much more. Our aim is to empower and support communities in need – because although Tanzania is getting lots of tourists every year, it is still a developing country where health care and education are rare commodities
Viatores Christi (VC) is a Lay Missionary Association set up under the auspices of the Irish Catholic Church and is based in Dublin Ireland. We recruit, train and send volunteers to work in areas of need overseas. We work with partner organisations, providing skilled personnel for their projects. We specialise in faith-based collaboration. VC links with partner organisations in the field to ascertain needs and seeks to fulfil these needs through the recruitment, training and placement of the volunteer/lay missionary with these partners. The volunteer serves where there are no local personnel available or affordable with the necessary skills and through his/her work, passes on skills and builds local capacity. VC currently works in Haiti, South America, Sub Saharan Africa, and SE Asia. Volunteers normally undergo an orientation programme. Opportunities are many and varied from healthcare and education through to social and community development.