Volunteer & internship experiences present the opportunity to bridge theory and reality. These international experiences contextualize course material. Service to others opens the doors to growth at the individual, community and global level, fostering the realization of connectivity to others and our planet beyond our consumer based connections.


Local Opportunities | Canadian Opportunities | Cross-Cultural Opportunities | Internships 


Local Opportunities

Organization
Link

AIDS Committee of London

http://www.aidslondon.com/

Amnesty International

http://www.amnesty.ca/

Chelsey Park Retirement Community

http://www.chelseypark.com/

Council of Canadians

http://www.londoncouncilofcanadians.ca/

Habitat for Humanity London

http://habitatlondon.ca/

L’arche London

http://www.larchelondon.org/

London and Area Foodbank

http://www.londonfoodbank.ca/

London Urban Services Organization

http://www.lusocentre.org

Men’s Missions and Rehabilitation Centre

http://missionservices.ca/

North West London Resource Centre

http://nwlrc.ca/

Office for Systemic Justice

 

Quintin Warner House

http://missionservices.ca/shelter-programs/quintin-warner-house/

Rotholme Women’s and Family Shelter

http://missionservices.ca/shelter-programs/rotholme-womens-family-shelter/

Salvation Army

http://www.salvationarmy.ca/ontariogreatlakes/tag/salvation-army-london/

Save a Family Plan

http://www.safp.org/

Sexual Assault Clinic London

http://www.sacl.ca/

St. Joseph’s Hospitality Centre

 

Street Connection

http://www.streetconnection.ca/

Streetscape

http://info.london.on.ca/details.asp?id=10247

Unity Project

http://unityproject.ca/

Volunteering Database – Charity Village (Many Areas in Canada Listed)

Volunteering:  Charity Village has countless volunteer opportunities posted on its site from countless organizations.  This is an excellent site to begin your exploration.  In particular, the Local Volunteer Centres List can be useful to people searching for volunteer positions in many different parts of Canada.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.charityvillage.com

Volunteering Database – Pillar (London Area)

Mission Statement: Our Mission is to increase the visibility, credibility, accountability, professionalism and capacity of the voluntary sector.

Volunteering:  You can use the Pillar site to find a volunteer position that suits your needs and the needs of the receiving organization.  It is an extensive database and you can search by organization or create a profile of yourself.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  http://www.pillarnonprofit.ca/


Canadian Opportunities

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Mission Statement: 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 seeks to enlist the response of the whole church in conscientious objection to war, and the development of nonviolent institutions, skills and training for intervention in conflict situations. CPT projects connect intimately with the spiritual lives of its constituent congregations. Gifts of prayer, money and time from these churches undergird CPT peacemaking ministries.

Opportunities: Delegations are short-term assignments in which Christian Peacemakers visit a conflict zone to hear from and work with local peacemakers in the region to better understand the conflict and the opportunities for peace.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.cpt.org
Email: canada@cpt.org
Tel: (416) 423-5525
Fax: (416) 423-9213

Frontier College

Mission Statement: Frontier College is a Canada-wide, volunteer-based, literacy organization. We teach people to read and write and we nurture an environment favorable to lifelong learning. Since 1899, we have been reaching out to people wherever they are and responding to their particular learning needs. We believe in literacy as a right and we work to achieve literacy for all.

Opportunities: Frontier College is a national volunteer-based organization. This means that we rely upon volunteers from communities in all parts of the country to deliver our programs. Each program area recruits, trains and places volunteers at various times through the year, depending on need. Our dedicated and trained volunteers work with adolescent and adult literacy learners, including prison inmates, people with physical disabilities, and others marginalized by society, to improve their reading and writing skills. Volunteers also help recent immigrants to Canada improve their English, encourage young children and their families to read together, and work side-by-side with migrant farm workers during the day and tutor them in English and literacy at night. In addition, Frontier College works with a large number of partner agencies for which we provide training and resource support.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.frontiercollege.ca
Email: information@frontiercollege.ca
Phone: (416) 923-3591
Toll Free: 1-800-555-6523
Fax: (416) 323-3522

Frontiers Foundation

Mission Statement: Frontiers Foundation embraces a vision of the human family honouring the Great Spirit. Therefore our Mission is to implement the enduring relief of human poverty throughout Canada and also abroad in tangible advancement projects. These activities reflect the dreams and priorities of those reaching out for a vibrantly productive partnership.

Opportunities:
In Northern Canada "Operation Beaver" works in partnership with communities and volunteers to improve housing conditions and education. Most of the education projects involve volunteers working in schools in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon, assisting the students in many different ways. Housing construction and renovation take place across Canada.

In Bolivia - For the past 28 years, Frontiers Foundation has been involved in a partnership with VEA (Voluntarios en Accion), a Bolivian Native non-governmental organization. Together, the two organizations have been attempting to improve the education of children in rural schools on the high plateau of Bolivia. By working with overseas volunteers, as well as local communities, VEA has constructed two-seater school desks for the schools. In addition, a carpentry-training program was conducted to allow people from various rural communities to learn carpentry skills and thus become more independent.

In Haiti - For the past twenty years, Frontiers Foundation and its partner ACCORD, have been working among the people of Haiti. Among some of the venerable projects include immunization campaigns, building a school for primary school children as well as adult education, and building basic water systems drawn from mountain water.

Contact Information
Homepage: www.frontiersfoundation.ca/

Habitat for Humanity

Mission Statement: 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 invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Volunteering: The Habitat ReStore, was opened by Habitat for Humanity London Inc. early in 1995 as a way to recycle used building materials. It provides an immediate hit with both homeowners and renovators, while keeping tons of such materials out of our landfills.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.habitat.org
Email: info@habitat.london.on.ca
Tel: (519) 455-6623
Fax: (519) 455-8479
London Restore Telephone: (519) 659-1949

Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF)

Mission Statement: WWOOF organizations compile a list of organic farms that from time to time welcome volunteer help.  When you join a WWOOF organization, you will be sent a copy of this list. It is then up to you to contact the farms that interest you and make your own arrangements with them. The Aims of WWOOF are:

  • To give you firsthand experience of organic or other ecologically-sound growing methods
  • To give you experience of life in the countryside
  • To help the organic movement, this is labour intensive and does not rely on artificial fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.
  • To give people a chance to meet, talk, learn and exchange views with others in the organic movement
  • To provide you with an opportunity to learn about life in the host country by living, and working together

Opportunities: The International WWOOF Association is dedicated to helping those who would like to volunteer on organic farms internationally. Membership: 35 Canadian Dollars + $5 postage (for overseas)

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.wwoof.org
Canadian Homepage: www.wwoof.ca
Email: wwoofcan@shaw.ca
Tel: (250) 354-4417
WWOOF-Canada, 4429 Carlson Road, Nelson, B.C. Canada, VIL 6X3

Cross-Cultural Opportunities

Volunteering Database - Volunteering Opportunities Exchange

Mission Statement:  The Volunteer Opportunities Exchange (VOE) is a free online database service to help connect you to volunteer opportunities. Through the VOE, Canadians are signing up as volunteers and community organizations of all types and sizes are advertising their volunteer positions and finding people just like you.

Volunteering:  Find an appropriate volunteer position and fill out an application on this website.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.volunteer.ca

Volunteering Database – Volunteer Abroad International

Volunteering:  This is a very extensive database with countless volunteering options.  It was created to link perspective travellers to overseas programs / opportunities.  Search by country, region or type of volunteer work!

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.volunteerabroad.com

Amnesty International (AI)

Mission Statement:
The International Secretariat, as part of the Amnesty International movement and in solidarity with those who face human rights abuses, works to: combat human rights abuses and help create a world where human rights are respected; strengthen the global community working for the defense and promotion of human rights; and ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for human rights abuses.

Volunteering: AI has many possible volunteering opportunities.  There are some excellent ways to get involved - see webpage below.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.amnesty.org
Canadian Homepage:  www.amnesty.ca

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Mission Statement: 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 seeks to enlist the response of the whole church in conscientious objection to war, and the development of nonviolent institutions, skills and training for intervention in conflict situations. CPT projects connect intimately with the spiritual lives of its constituent congregations. Gifts of prayer, money and time from these churches undergird CPT peacemaking ministries.

Opportunities: Delegations are short-term assignments in which Christian Peacemakers visit a conflict zone to hear from and work with local peacemakers in the region to better understand the conflict and the opportunities for peace.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.cpt.org
Email: canada@cpt.org
Tel: (416) 423-5525
Fax: (416) 423-9213

Companeros Inc.

Mission Statement: COMPAÑEROS organizes and facilitates volunteer service and cross-cultural learning experiences in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. We offer a number of scheduled and customized programs for individuals and for groups that work with grassroots educational, community development, and environmental organizations in Central America. These short–term, entry-level programs provide participants with opportunities to be of constructive service while learning cross-culturally, and gaining valuable study, work or faith-related experience.

Opportunities:  Our programs are safe, modest, mindful of local initiatives, and designed to encourage personal growth, community development, global education, and spiritual inspiration. We believe that bringing people together to live, work, and interact with one another in a cooperative way challenges participants to improve their understanding of themselves and others and inspires citizens to contribute positively to the betterment of the world.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.companeros.ca
Email: duarte@companeros.ca
Tel: (613) 379-9007
Fax: (613) 379-9005

Frontiers Foundation

Mission Statement: Frontiers Foundation embraces a vision of the human family honouring the Great Spirit. Therefore our Mission is to implement the enduring relief of human poverty throughout Canada and also abroad in tangible advancement projects. These activities reflect the dreams and priorities of those reaching out for a vibrantly productive partnership.

Opportunities:
In Northern Canada "Operation Beaver" works in partnership with communities and volunteers to improve housing conditions and education. Most of the education projects involve volunteers working in schools in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon, assisting the students in many different ways. Housing construction and renovation take place across Canada.http://www.frontiersfoundation.ca/volunteers/opbeaver-volunteers.html

In Bolivia - For the past 28 years, Frontiers Foundation has been involved in a partnership with VEA (Voluntarios en Accion), a Bolivian Native non-governmental organization. Together, the two organizations have been attempting to improve the education of children in rural schools on the high plateau of Bolivia. By working with overseas volunteers, as well as local communities, VEA has constructed two-seater school desks for the schools. In addition, a carpentry-training program was conducted to allow people from various rural communities to learn carpentry skills and thus become more independent.

In Haiti - For the past twenty years, Frontiers Foundation and its partner ACCORD, have been working among the people of Haiti. Among some of the venerable projects include immunization campaigns, building a school for primary school children as well as adult education, and building basic water systems drawn from mountain water.

Contact Information
Homepage: www.frontiersfoundation.ca/
Email: marcoguzman@frontiersfoundation.ca
Tel: (416) 690-3930
Fax: (416) 690-3934

Global Volunteer Network

Mission Statement: The Global Volunteer Network offers volunteer opportunities in community projects throughout the world. Our vision is to support the work of local community organizations in developing countries through the placement of international volunteers. We believe that local communities are in the best position to determine their needs, and we provide volunteers to help them achieve their goals.

Opportunities: Currently GVN provides volunteer programs through partner organizations in Alaska, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Nepal, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.volunteer.org.nz
Email: info@volunteer.org.nz
Toll Free: 1-800-963-1198

Greenpeace

Mission Statement:
Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organization that uses non violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and force solutions for a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace's goal is to ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity.

Volunteering: There are many ways to volunteer with Greenpeace and many ways to support or join in their actions - see their website below.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.greenpeace.org
Canadian Homepage:  www.greenpeace.ca

Habitat for Humanity

Mission Statement: 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 invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Opportunities: Habitat for Humanity International's Global Village trips give participants a unique opportunity to become active partners with people of another culture. Team members work alongside members of the host community, raising awareness of the burden of poverty housing and building decent, affordable housing worldwide. As partners, team members help build a true "global village" of love, homes, communities and hope! www.habitat.org/gv/

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.habitat.org
Email: info@habitat.london.on.ca
Tel: (519) 455-6623
Fax: (519) 455-8479

Heart-Links

Mission Statement: To link Peruvians and Canadians through friendship and support for mutual growth and enrichment.
Vision: We will offer Work/Awareness Trips to build caring relationships with the poor of Northern Peru. We will collaborate with community initiatives in the fields of education, nutrition, health and income generation, to promote self-sufficiency. We will share with Canadians the many faces of poverty in Peru to promote change. We will ensure funding for the above activities in Peru and in Canada.

Opportunities: Heart-Links offers Work/Awareness Trips to build caring relationships with the poor of Northern Peru. We will collaborate with community initiatives in the fields of education, nutrition, health and income generation, to promote self-sufficiency.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.heart-links.org
Email: info@heart-links.org
Tel: (519) 432-3781 Ext 227
Fax: (519) 472-1190

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Mission Statement:
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.  We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.  We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable.  We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.  We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

Volunteering: There are consistent volunteer positions posted on the HRW website - see below.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.hrw.org
HRW Volunteering:  www.hrw.org

Iko Poran

Mission Statement: To implant volunteer programs that make a positive impact on the projects in which they take place, promoting a wide experience exchange between cultures and strengthening a constant and growing number of NGOs in Brazil. Iko Poran society is a civil association of private right, non-profit purposes, independent of any political party or religious link, based on the principles of democracy, peace, citizen’s rights, human rights, and non-discrimination against beliefs, race, color or gender.

Opportunities: Customize your program and the length of your stay. Duration of volunteer internship term will be agreed upon by Iko Poran, the partner NPO, and the international volunteer prior to arrival in Brazil. Previous volunteer internships have ranged from 3 weeks to 6 months, and volunteers have worked part-time as well as full-time.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.ikoporan.org

Intercordia Canada

Mission Statement: Intercordia’s mission is to provide a conceptual, experiential and relational opportunity for young Canadians to develop basic skills of cross-cultural understanding (openness, humility) that will assist them to become responsible, compassionate citizens, working towards peaceful resolutions of conflict. Intercordia’s vision is to contribute to a global climate of mutual understanding and cooperation through transformative relationships that uphold the intrinsic and adaptive value of diversity and which support moral responsiveness to those in distress.

Opportunities: Intercordia is a university-accredited educational experience that promotes cross-cultural understanding and moral responsiveness in students by placing them in contexts where they are challenged to build relationships with people  who are marginalized, and where they learn to integrate conceptual & experiential knowledge under the guidance of trained mentors.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.intercordiacanada.org
Email: info@intercordiacanada.org

Kairos (Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives)

Mission Statement: In a time such as ours…. KAIROS unites Canadian churches and religious organizations in a faithful ecumenical response to the call to “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). Informed by biblical teaching, KAIROS deliberates on issues of common concern, striving to be a prophetic voice in the public sphere. Inspired by a vision of God’s compassionate justice, KAIROS advocates for social change, amplifying and strengthening the public witness of its members. Responding to Christ by engaging in social transformation, KAIROS empowers the people of God to live out their faith in action for justice and peace, joining with those of goodwill in Canada and around the world.

Opportunities: There are many ways to become involved with Kairos.  Check with the local Kairos representative.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.kairoscanada.org
Email: info@kairoscanada.org
Tel: 416 463 5312
Toll free: 1-877-403-8933
Fax: 416-463-5569

One World

Mission Statement:  One World is dedicated to harnessing the democratic potential of the internet to promote human rights and sustainable development.

Volunteering: Volunteering generates triple bottom line results for the not for profit sector. The organization values your resource, people and the planet benefit from your efforts, and you gain valuable experience and fulfillment.  See website below.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.oneworld.net

One World Global Education Program

Mission Statement: One World is an experiential learning program. It's objective is to provide participants in its programs with the opportunity to “live themselves into a new way of thinking” resulting from cross-class and cross-cultural immersion experience—or, as our mission statement puts it: “To help North Americans discover that their lives are interconnected with those of developing nations by immersion living and working among the Third World poor.”

We hope that the cross-cultural, cross-class learning opportunities arranged by One World will help create a true global community—not a global Shopping Centre where everything and everyone is for sale, but rather an interdependent community in which people care about and care for one another.

Opportunities: One World Global Education Program facilitates yearly eight month programs running from September to April to: Central America (El Salvador, Nicaragua), Ghana (West Africa), India. The One World Global Education Program also facilitates a six week summer program to Mexico.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.oneworlded.com
Email: golden@teamwork.net
Tel: (519) 743-8448
Fax: (519) 743-4204

Oxfam International

Mission Statement:  Oxfam International is an international group of independent non-governmental organizations dedicated to fighting poverty and related injustice around the world. The Oxfams work together internationally to achieve greater impact by their collective efforts.

Volunteering:  There are many ways to become involved with Oxfam.  Check with your local Oxfam group.

Contact Information: 
Homepage:  www.oxfam.org/

Peace Brigades International

Purpose:  Peace Brigades is a non-governmental organization (NGO) which protects human rights and promotes nonviolent transformation of conflicts.  When invited, we send teams of volunteers into areas of repression and conflict. The volunteers accompany human rights defenders, their organizations and others threatened by political violence. Perpetrators of human rights abuses usually do not want the world to witness their actions. The presence of volunteers backed by a support network helps to deter violence. We create space for local activists to work for social justice and human rights.

Volunteering:  There are a number of ways to volunteer with Peace Brigades.  You can become a member, join their Emergency Response Network, help with outreach or volunteer as a team member in a country at risk (must be 25yrs or older to do so).  Check the website below.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.peacebrigades.org
Email: info@peacebrigades.org

RayJon Share Care of Sarnia inc.

Mission Statement: An ecumenical Canadian charity for development and aid to Haiti, Dominican Republic and other developing countries 

Opportunities:
Integrated Community Development Project - The project aims to assist communities, especially women, to organize themselves to access resources more effectively and to develop the skills needed to analyze, plan, implement and evaluate their actions for improving their situation. Priority is given to Education, Health Care and Community Development. The project is located in a 60 sq. mile mountainous area southeast of St. Marc with a population of 30,000

Eyeglass Program - The eyeglass Program was developed in response to a need for vision care identified in the countries visited as part of other Rayjon programs. The purpose of the program is to provide vision correction to those unable to afford or obtain either the examination or the eyeglasses they need. The program has two components; the collection of used eyeglasses in Canada and their preparation for redistribution in the developing countries; and the assembly of a team of volunteers to conduct clinics in host countries; performing eye examinations, distributing eyeglasses and making referrals for secondary care.

Work Trip Program - The work trip program evolved from a desire of previous Awareness Trip participants to develop a greater understanding of conditions and culture through "hands-on" experience working alongside community members as equals and learning from each other. Local community leaders select and manage the projects. The Rayjon team provides both skilled and unskilled labour together with a significant portion of the materials and supplies. The community and Rayjon members learn from each other as they work along side each other. 1-2 weeks in duration.

Urban Development Project - The Urban Development Program, developed by The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, is a family oriented program with a strong emphasis on community development and ownership. The Sisters of St. Joseph recognize the unique problems and opportunities of an inner city location and the need to involve local agencies in the improvement of hopeless situations. Many families live on the street and most are single parent families. The overall program consists of three components: The Nutrition Program, The Women’s Commerce Program and The Family Support Program

Awareness Trip – Destinations are normally to the Carribean island of Hispanola (Haiti and Dominican Republic). Both are easily accessible. Awareness trips are generally 7-10 days duration. You will visit several locations and participate in a range of activities. First time travellers are encouraged to visit the Dominican Republic first, since the experience in this country is less demanding than it is in Haiti. Regardless of country visited the experience is likely to be one of the most challenging and meaningful weeks of your life

Contact Information:
Homepage: http://www.rayjon.sarnia.com/
Email: rayjon@ebtech.net
Fax: (519) 383-1305

Save a Family Plan

Mission Statement: Partnering with the poor for a just world

Opportunities: There are many ways to become involved with Save a Family Plan. Visit the Save a Family Plan office in St. Peter's Seminary to find out how you can volunteer abroad.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.safp.org
Email: safpinfo@safp.org
Tel: (519) 672-1115
Fax: (519) 672-6379

Seeds of Hope

Mission Statement: Seeds of Hope is an international program for women who stand with those who struggle for justice in Peru and Canada. The purpose of the program is to facilitate connections between women in Canada and Peru by:

  • providing opportunities for Canadian and Peruvian women to meet and share concerns
  • providing learning experiences for women to deepen their commitment to justice
  • raising awareness about  local/global socioeconomic issues and their interconnectedness.
  • creating opportunities for women to experience their spirituality

Volunteering: Volunteers commit to at least one year of lived experience in Peru with the Community of Women in Peru. The volunteer is accompanied by the Community of Women in Chiclayo and participates in the various projects of Centre Hope and Centre St. Angela in Chiclayo

Contact Information:
Homepage: http://www.seedsofhope.ca/

 Email: pmaheux@uwo.ca
Tel: (519) 352-5225

Sierra Club of Canada

Mission Statement:  The Sierra Club of Canada's mission is to develop a diverse, well-trained grassroots network working to protect the integrity of our global ecosystems. The Sierra Club mission focuses on five overriding threats: loss of animal and plant species, deterioration of the planet's oceans and atmosphere, the ever-growing presence of toxic chemicals in all living things, destruction of our remaining wilderness, and spiraling population growth and over consumption.

Volunteering:  There are a large number of formal and informal positions available to people who would like to be involved with the Sierra Club's work.  There are also a number of ways to join in their campaigns or support their work.  Check the website below for the latest volunteer posting or navigate the homepage for ways to become involved.  Furthermore, check out the possible volunteer vacations advertised on the Sierra Club’s international website.

Contact Information:
Homepage: www.sierraclub.org
Canadian Homepage:   www.sierraclub.ca

United Church of Canada

The United Church of Canada seeks to share with partner churches and agencies in other parts of the world in God's mission, embodied in Jesus Christ, for wholeness, love, and justice for all people and creation.

1.      To respond to a request from an overseas partner: The initiative comes from the overseas partner; we don't create the position or need. In dialogue with our partners, we explore how, when, and where United Church personnel can be meaningfully involved with them in doing God's mission in their context.

2.      To provide solidarity and nurture partnership: As members of the Christian community, we attempt to share with people overseas in their life and mission with its struggles and victories, sorrows and joys. This involves empathetic involvement and fellowship. It helps put a human face on partnership, making it more viable and real, especially at the grassroots level.

3.      To interpret the mission of the global church back in Canada: Using our overseas experiences and learnings, we interpret the mission of the global church to Canadians.

4.      To work for global justice: By making local and global connections we assist Canadians in their understanding of economic and political structures that perpetuate injustice in all its forms. We then facilitate and support appropriate actions that lead to greater global justice.

5.      To be an advocate: We have a responsibility to advocate for the people who have shared their lives with us. We can be a voice for the voiceless in national and international fora, while we work toward the time when all will be heard.

The following page has information about the opportunities to work with global partners of the United Church of Canada: http://www.united-church.ca/opportunities

World Student Christian Federation

The World Student Christian Federation offers annual inter-regional student training programmes. These programmes are available to selected participants from every WSCF Region according to the individual's suitability for a particular programme.

Each year the inter-regional programme is linked to an annual theme set by the federation's General Assembly. Inter-Regional Programmes usually take the form of live-in conferences that bring students together for inter-cultural dialogue, common worship, critical study of theology, politics and development issues, Bible study, interaction and dialogue with grass-roots social movements and NGOs and action-planning for local or international implementation of strategies for change.

Website: http://www.wscfglobal.org/

CUSO International

CUSO is a development organization that works through volunteers.  The volunteers work on collaborative development projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. We are one of North America’s largest international volunteer-sending non-profits. Cuso International is a strategic alliance partner of VSO (http://www.vsointernational.org/vso-today/), a leading global development organization that works through volunteers.

Homepage: http://www.cusointernational.org/

Interfaith Peace-Builders

Interfaith Peace-Builders fosters a network of informed and active individuals who understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the United States’ political, military, and economic role in it. To build and nurture such a network, we lead delegations of people from diverse backgrounds to Israel/Palestine. These delegations emphasize listening to and learning from those immersed in the reality of the conflict, and advancing the work of Israelis and Palestinians committed to nonviolent struggle and peace with justice. We seek to empower delegates to educate their local communities and the media, counter unfair or inaccurate stereotypes, and advocate for a more just US foreign policy that:

  • actively promotes civil, political and human rights
  • affirms political self-determination for Palestinians and Israelis
  • fosters economic and environmental sustainability in the region
  • supports a diplomatic resolution to the conflict rather than one imposed by force of arms.

Interfaith Peace-Builders sends delegations to Israel/Palestine so that residents of North American can see the conflict with their own eyes. Participants have the opportunity to learn directly from Israeli and Palestinian nonviolent peace/human-rights activists, to spend time in Palestinian and Israeli homes, and to experience the situation of Palestinians living under military occupation. The delegations focus on seeing, listening to, and recording the experiences and perspectives of a wide range of Palestinians and Israelis.

Homepage: http://www.ifpb.org/

Delegation page: http://www.ifpb.org/delegations/default.html

The Fellowship of Reconciliation

The Fellowship of Reconciliation seeks to replace violence, war, racism and economic injustice with nonviolence, peace, and justice. We are an interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change. We educate, train, build coalitions, and engage in nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally, and globally.

Since the 1920s, the Fellowship of Reconciliation has sent delegations of peacemakers to regions of the world in conflict and to nations regarded as U.S. enemies. This people-to-people outreach, a form of civilian diplomacy, has taken Americans to such places as Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, Iraq, Nicaragua, Israel/Palestine, and the Philippines.  FOR now regularly sends peace delegations to the Middles East and to Colombia. 

Homepage: http://forusa.org/

Other Links  to Cross-Cultural Programs

Internship Resources

Internships are excellent ways of gaining valuable work experience and often needed in order to put your university learning into context.  The following list may be of use to you but be sure to search for positions beyond this website.  The databases are great places to start but there are specific opportunities listed for your interest.  This is certainly not an extensive list; any suggestions for additions can be emailed to sjpsweb@uwo.ca for consideration.

Internship Database – Canadian International Development Agency

CIDA’s webpage provides a great deal of information on employment, internships and volunteer opportunities.  Make sure to check out their website, there are hundreds of internship positions listed by category!

Mission Statement:  CIDA supports sustainable development activities in order to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable and prosperous world.

Internships:  CIDA's International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) is an employment program for young Canadian professionals, which offers post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain valuable international development work experience.  It aims to make young people aware of globalization and to make a contribution to international cooperation.  The program is part of the international internship stream of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES) which is designed to help young people make the school-to-work transition.  Participants must be Canadian Citizens.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  http://www.oic-ci.gc.ca/

Internships Database – Taking It Global and WE

Internships: WE and Taking It Global have partnered to bring you this list of multiple internships that would be of interest to Social Justice and Peace Studies students.  There are also scholarships, fellowships, grants, and awards listed on this webpage.

Contact Information:
WE Homepage:  https://www.we.org/
Internship Database:  http://www.tigweb.org/

Internship Database – Intern Abroad

Internship:  This is a very extensive database with countless internship positions.  It was created to link perspective travellers to overseas programs / opportunities.  You can search for suitable placements by region or type!

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.internabroad.com

Amnesty International (AI)

Mission Statement:
The International Secretariat, as part of the Amnesty International movement and in solidarity with those who face human rights abuses, works to: combat human rights abuses and help create a world where human rights are respected; strengthen the global community working for the defense and promotion of human rights; and ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for human rights abuses.

Internships:  There are a number of internships available with AI over the summer months - see their webpage below and be sure to search for opportunities internationally and locally.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.amnesty.org
Canadian Homepage:  www.amnesty.ca
Internships (International): From www.amnesty.org search for “internship”

CARE

Mission Statement: CARE's mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility. We facilitate lasting change by strengthening capacity for self-help, providing economic opportunity, delivering relief in emergencies, influencing policy decisions at all levels and addressing discrimination in all its forms.

Internships:  CARE internships provide students with a substantive and challenging work experience, and an opportunity to expand their knowledge and understanding of CARE.  Whether based in the U.S. or internationally, internships generally range from six weeks to nine months.  Internationally based internships are full-time.  US-Based internships are full-time or part-time, depending on CARE's needs and the student's goals.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  http://www.care.org/

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation (Ireland)

Mission Statement:  The Glencree Centre for Reconciliation is a membership-based association of individuals who subscribe to the object of fostering mutual respect, tolerance and understanding between individuals and groups in conflict, with a view to building peace and reconciliation within the island of Ireland, between Ireland and Britain and beyond. It is an autonomous organization which seeks to work together with all those trying to build peace, in whatever area of society.

Internship:  The intern program is designed to:

  • To provide interns with the training to develop their skills as facilitators, including engagement with groups, integration, listening, observation and communication.
  • To give interns an understanding of Irish, European, and international society and how it is changing and how political systems affects local communities and young people.
  • To enable students to identify and develop personal qualities which can be of value to them, such as, analysis, planning, organizational and political skills.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  http://www.glencree.ie/

Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Mission Statement:
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.  We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.  We investigate and expose human rights violations and hold abusers accountable.  We challenge governments and those who hold power to end abusive practices and respect international human rights law.  We enlist the public and the international community to support the cause of human rights for all.

Internships:  Graduate interns monitor human rights developments in various countries, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy efforts aimed at curtailing human rights violations.  Undergraduate internships are primarily administrative and clerical in nature, but other projects can be assigned as they arise and match the student's interests and abilities, including research, drafting documents, translating, and helping researchers prepare for missions. Internships are generally unpaid, although work study funds are available. Academic credit can usually be arranged, as HRW internships offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, close supervision by the HRW staff, interaction with other U.S. and international organizations and foreign and domestic government officials, and opportunities to attend lectures and special events relating to human rights.  For more information and to learn how to apply see the internship webpage below.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.hrw.org

Project Ploughshares

Mission Statement:  Project Ploughshares is mandated by Canadian churches to work in cooperation with churches and related religious organizations, as well as governments and non governmental organizations, in developing and implementing peacemaking and peace-building programs based on our biblical understanding of the call to pursue peace; and in carrying out research, policy analysis, and public discussion in developing and communicating our biblical understanding of the causes, prevention, management, and resolution of national and international conflicts, alternatives to armed conflicts, and the circumstances necessary to achieve and sustain national and international reconciliation and peace.

Internships: Project Ploughshares is an NGO with offices in Waterloo Ontario and has internship positions available to graduates who have a justice and peace related background.  Their internships provide an opportunity for Canadian youth (30 years of age and under) to work with Project Ploughshares and engage in activities related to international peace-building and security.  Please see their website for the latest posting.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.ploughshares.ca

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)

Mission Statement:  Rainforest Action Network works to protect the Earth's rainforests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.

Internships: All internships require working at RAN's office in San Francisco for a minimum of 12 hours per week for a period of three months. Interns are directly supervised by an experienced staff member who designs and oversees the completion of a special project. Interns participate in the day to day operations of a campaign or department as well.  There are over 20 different internship positions with the RAN, see their internships webpage below for the latest posting.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.ran.org

Romero House Internship Program

Description:  Romero House is community consisting of four houses and  neighbourhood centre in an area north of High Park and south of the "Junction" in the west end of Toronto. Romero House plays a critical role in the resettlement of refugees and is highly effective. Everyone who has moved out of Romero House has moved into independent housing. Besides serving the residents of the four houses, Romero House also responds to the needs of numerous other refugees who come seeking various kinds of assistance.

Internships:  Our Interns live and work within a Christian community of service in Toronto - The most multicultural city in the world. They receive room, board and a small stipend while working with political refugees who are seeking protection from persecution. In this home environment, newcomers and interns share the suffering and hopes of our global community.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.romerohouse.org

Sojourners Magazine

Mission Statement:  Sojourners is a Christian ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice.  Sojourners publish a bi-monthly magazine that reflects powerful justice and peace perspectives.

Internships:  Sojourners Internship Program is open to anyone 21 years or older who is single or married without dependents. We seek each year to have as much age, gender, class, race, and denominational diversity as possible. Sojourners interns provide new energy, enthusiasm, and vitality to our life together. You must be prepared to participate enthusiastically in issues and activities of Sojourners and Call to Renewal ministries; expecting to share a household where simple living is affirmed and caring relationships are nurtured; eager to face the blessings and challenges of new cultural and class settings and of different perceptions and outlooks; aware that learning from others is perhaps the best way to work alongside and accompany them.  Room, board, health insurance, city transportation, and an $80 monthly stipend for clothing, travel, and recreation are provided.  Sojourners internships are typically a one year commitment from early September to mid-August.

Contact Information:
Homepage:  www.sojo.net