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.
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.
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.
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.
Service for Peace
Service For Peace involves volunteers in ongoing community development programs throughout the world. Our Global PeaceMakers and group programs are designed to further the growth and development of individuals and our Communities of Peace through the shared experience of voluntary service.
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.