SALT alumni have found that the first years after college are a great time to intensify their work for Christian mission and social justice. These are also opportunities to pick up some valuable skills and learn key life lessons.
Some of the organizations that would welcome your service are listed below.
Healthcare minded volunteers have worked in small clinics, regional hospitals, community health programs, midwifery and also projects assisting adults and children with special needs. Social welfare placements are based in schools, orphanages, day care centers, nursing homes as well as national parks and conservation projects. A Broader View can arrange 1-2 week placements as well as semester long options. Our programs are about 100% immersion and most include host family accommodations. Language immersion options are available in our Spanish speaking project sites.
The United Church of Christ is introducing Adese Fellowship, a catalytic experience for emerging entrepreneurs who renew the Church’s mission to create a just world for all. http://www.cblfund.org/adese/
Domestic service with an opportunity to pay off college loans.
BaseCamp Volunteer Abroad
BaseCamps Volunteer Abroad Program is one of the longest-running and most affordable international volunteer programs in the world.
A short-term alternative to the Peace Corps, with programs ranging from one to 12 weeks.
live in intentional community in a Christian setting
enter into theological study and reflection through classes at the Soteria Community School
work in one of the Church of the Saviour ministries or a similar organization
Erasmus Mundus is a scholarship and exchange program designed for master’s degree/Ph.D.-seeking students. If you browse the above link, you will see there as well that there are a number of degrees related to social justice-based themes. It’s similar to the Fulbright in that you receive tuition and a generous stipend, but it’s run through the EU and you study in at least two or three different countries.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Global Mission
One-year service opportunities around the world.
The College Gap Year
Resources for travel, volunteering and learning during time away from school
Global Engagement Studies Institute
An undergraduate program offered by Northwestern University.
Global Lutheran Outreach
The Student Mission Experience program will provide Lutheran college/university students with the opportunity to live and serve in a cross-cultural overseas setting for a period of six months to two years.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Service and community in the US and six countries abroad.
Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) World Mission
Short-term (less than six months) and long-term, even career, mission and other service opportunities. The database is searchable by type of work and duration.
Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Service and community in ten metro areas across the U.S.
The Peace Corps
An initiative of the Kennedy administration. Two-year service and development around the world.
The Student Conservation Association
SCA is America’s conservation corps. Our members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces in all 50 states.
The LSA’s Community Resilience Building VISTA Program is part of a new proactive, holistic, and measurable approach that builds upon the existing social services offered by local social service organizations that affect key resilience levers. The goal is to help low-income communities better withstand and recover from a continuum of disruptions from small to large such as home fires, economic crisis, extreme weather events, or human-caused disasters.
Volunteers for Peace
Service projects of varying lengths nearly anywhere in the world with a comprehensive online catalog.