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.
Our mission is to empower cross-cultural service that improves the health, education and economic opportunities for vulnerable women, children and elderly. Since 1995, more than 35 000 people have volunteered with Cross-Cultural Solutions around the world. Our program satisfaction rating remains consistently above 99%, our safety record is stellar, and the impact of our work in our local communities has a proven positive track record.
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.
Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Starting in 2004, it has mobilized tens of thousands of volunteers from its university chapters to partner with on-the-ground teams in Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua and Ghana. Working alongside rural community members, volunteers and local staff implement ten skill-based programs from mobile medical care, to public health infrastructure, to microfinance, which is collectively referred to as their “holistic development model.” Global Brigades’ long-term vision is to improve equality of life globally by igniting the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the planet.
Good Hope Volunteers
Good Hope Volunteers brings volunteers together to work on a variety of projects that are dependent on volunteer assistance. We aim to build a better South Africa through a range of community and conservation projects that support those who truly need it. We are dedicated to providing sustainable volunteer opportunities that bring people from all over the world to South Africa to experience its unique beauty, warm-hearted people, natural wonders, and varied wildlife by getting deeply involved; people who will not only make an impact on local communities but leave unchanged themselves. Good Hope Volunteers has been offering projects in Cape Town, along the Garden Route, in other parts of South Africa, and in Namibia since 2009.
International Service Learning (ISL)
Our mission is to support cultural awareness, service-based learning and sustainable development projects
through experiential and responsible volunteer travel programs that inspire local and global service. Since 1994, International Service Learning (ISL) has been leading groups of volunteers to twelve different countries providing essential community and medical services for those in need. We are passionate about providing a conduit for our volunteers to explore and travel a new part of the world. We hold with the utmost conviction that for volunteers to be successful they need to learn from professionals of the country they serve in. We believe in the power of the individual that chooses to serve and make a difference in the lives of others with their own two hands. ISL is a community of driven, empathetic, and ambitious individuals that seek to make volunteering in a new country an accessible opportunity for everyone. The sum all these ideas is what we consider The Heart of ISL.
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.