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.

A Broader View

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.

https://www.abroaderview.org/

Adese Fellowship

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/

Americorps

Domestic service with an opportunity to pay off college loans.
americorps.org

BaseCamp Volunteer Abroad

BaseCamps Volunteer Abroad Program is one of the longest-running and most affordable international volunteer programs in the world.
volunteerbasecamp.com

Cross-Cultural Solutions

A short-term alternative to the Peace Corps, with programs ranging from one to 12 weeks.
crossculturalsolutions.org

Discipleship Year

Discipleship Year is a year-long residential experience that actively engages volunteers with issues of social justice and servant leadership.
Volunteers:
  • 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.
eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/results_compendia/selected_projects_action_1_master_courses_en.php

 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Global Mission

One-year service opportunities around the world.
elca.org/globalserve/youngadults

The College Gap Year

Resources for travel, volunteering and learning during time away from school

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/gap-year/

Global Engagement Studies Institute

An undergraduate program offered by Northwestern University.
gesi.northwestern.edu/cge

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.
globallutheranoutreach.com

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Service and community in the US and six countries abroad.
jesuitvolunteers.org

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.
lcmsworldmission.org/searchopps

Lutheran Volunteer Corps

Service and community in ten metro areas across the U.S.
lutheranvolunteercorps.org

The Peace Corps

An initiative of the Kennedy administration. Two-year service and development around the world.
peacecorps.gov

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.
thesca.org

VISTA

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.
vfp.org

 

Print Friendly