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.
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.
Casa de Esperanza de los Niños, Inc.
Casa de Esperanza seeks applicants for the Hands of Hope Service Year Program. Casa de Esperanza provides residential foster care to children ages birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV.
For more information, please contact Darean Talmadge.
Discipleship Year is a year-long residential experience that actively engages volunteers with issues of social justice and servant leadership.
- 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
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.
Gap Year Volunteering in Europe
Contains a list of 10 volunteer organizations offering placements for a variety of social, environmental and educational projects.
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.
Hands of Hope Service Year Program
Casa de Esperanza seeks applicants for the Hands of Hope Service Year Program. Casa de Esperanza provides residential foster care to children ages birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. For a complete description visit:
For more information, please contact Darean Talmadge.
Immigration Social Worker
How to Become an Immigration Social Worker – Social work in the United States began in the nineteenth century working with immigrants and others living in poverty in settlement halls, according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). These homes served as not only residences, but provided a place for the residents to find employment, medical care, education, and other services they needed to begin a transition to living successful lives in the United States. Then as now, many immigrants found themselves facing poverty upon arrival in this country. These social work pioneers, and those who followed, believed that addressing all of the root causes of poverty would help their clients build success moving forward. The social work profession grew out of this framework. In a very real sense all social work is an outgrowth of immigration social work. The Guide can be found here – https://mastersinsocialworkonline.org/careers/immigration-social-worker/
International Social Worker
How to Become an International Social Worker – International social workers are concerned with addressing inequalities of disadvantaged individuals and communities around the world. The field works to ensure the basic needs of each individual are met, communities are equipped to be sustainable and provide services equitably, and that systems of oppression are dismantled. The Guide can be found here – https://mastersinsocialworkonline.org/careers/international-social-worker/
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.
Social Work – Master’s programs online
Consider an online MSW program that is currently taking applications.
Urban Servant Corps
Urban Servant Corps is a program of the ELCA and hosts volunteers in Denver for one year as they practice intentional community building with one another, live simply, explore spirituality and serve full-time with a nonprofit partner agency that serves marginalized and vulnerable communities.
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.