Faith Based Programs
There are over 200 faith based volunteer programs offering short and long term domestic and international placements - far too many to list here. A great place to search these opportunities is on the Catholic Volunteer Network website. Although they are faith based, meaning that they are rooted in a spiritual understanding of the call to service, most are open to people of all faiths. Click here to search the database.
Stonehill alumni have served with the following faith based organizations. You can contact alums for more information about these programs by downloading the Alumni Contact List.
Secular Programs (not faith based)
Keep in mind that some secular programs require a fee to participate.
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) - a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18-24. Members are assigned to one of five campuses, located in Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Perry Point, Maryland; Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Vinton, Iowa.
The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits-secular and faith based, local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national or state parks, Indian Tribes and schools members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned. To contact a Stonehill alum who served in AmeriCorps NCCC, click here.
AmeriCorps State and National - Select a volunteer program to suit your particular skills and interests. Make a ten to twelve month commitment and make a difference in people's lives! The largest of AmeriCorps programs, AmeriCorps State and National provides funds to local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. Each of these organizations and agencies, in turn, uses their AmeriCorps funding to recruit, place, and supervise AmeriCorps members. To contact an alum who served with AmeriCorps State and National, click here.
After successful completion of their term of service, AmeriCorps members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for college or graduate school at Title IV schools, or to repay qualified student loans. Fulltime AmeriCorps members also receive a modest living allowance, health care benefits, and child care assistance.
AmeriCorps VISTA - AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you'll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. To contact an alum who served with AmeriCorps VISTA, click here.
Bilingual Education in Central America (BECA) - One or two year commitment teaching in Honduras. A six-week Summer Institute prepares teachers to succeed in both the classroom and the community. Orientation will include both teacher training elements and Spanish language classes. To contact a Stonehill alum serving in BECA, click here.
Boston Teacher Residency - Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) recruits talented college graduates, career changers and community members of all ages and gives them the tools to make an immediate impact in the classrooms of the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Combining a yearlong classroom apprenticeship with targeted master’s-level coursework, the program offers much more than just an affordable route into teaching. BTR provides every Resident with the practical learning, hands-on experience and ongoing support essential to any successful career in teaching. To contact an alum serving with Boston Teacher Residency, click here.
City Year - United in the desire to serve, you and your team members will invest your talents and energy to solve critical problems in your communities, engage volunteers, and make a difference for children and their communities. Learn more about the application process and how you are steps away from a year of changing lives - including your own. To contact a Stonehill alum serving with City Year, click here.
Congressional Hunger Center - The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, a project of the Congressional Hunger Center, is a unique leadership development opportunity for motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty.
Each year 20 participants are selected for this eleven-month program. Fellows are placed for half their term of service with urban and rural community-based organizations over the country involved in fighting hunger at the local level, such as grass roots organizing groups, food banks, economic development agencies, local advocacy groups and faith-based organizations. They then move to Washington, DC to complete the year with national organizations involved in the anti-hunger and poverty movement, including national advocacy organizations, think tanks, and federal agencies. Through this unique program, the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program develops effective leaders with a deep understanding of hunger and poverty at both the local and national level that enables them to find innovative solutions and create the political will to end hunger.
Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS) - Founded in 1995, CCS is an international not-for-profit organization with no political or religious affiliations. CCS has a worldwide staff of over 250 people, and operates in 12 countries. Our mission is to provide 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. Short-term opportunities - fees charged
FoodCorps - FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in high-obesity, limited-resource communities. The FoodCorps team first came together in California on Earth Day 2009, the day President Obama signed the Kennedy Serve America Act into law. This legislation signaled a new opportunity to engage AmeriCorps in building a more sustainable, healthful, equitable food system.
International Volunteer HQ - Based in New Zealand, IVHQ has grown to become the world's leading volunteer travel company, working in over 25 countries around the world and placing thousands of international volunteers abroad every year. Short-term opportunities - fees charged.
Massachusetts Promise Fellowship - Massachusetts Promise Fellows dedicate a year of service to build their leadership skills and make an impact on young people in Massachusetts. Through the supportive network of the Fellowship, individuals gain a lifetime of experience as they develop their organizational and communication skills and grow as leaders of their own projects. Benefits include: $14, 000 taxable living allowance ($269/week); health benefits; over 200 hours of professional development training; $5,350 Education Award; loan forbearance; free courses in Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies; monthly travel allowance. To contact Stonehill alums who served with Mass Promise Fellowship, click here.
Peace Corps - Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource - its people. Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 77 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, Volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology.
Coming from all walks of life and representing the rich diversity of the American people, Volunteers range in age from college students to retirees. Every Peace Corps Volunteer's experience is different. From teaching English to elementary school children in Zambia to launching a computer learning center in Moldova to promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in South Africa to working on soil conservation in Panama, Volunteers bring their skills and life experiences to where they are needed most. 27-month program.
To contact Stonehill alums who are currently serving or have completed service with the Peace Corps, click here.
Public Interest Research Group - offers 2-year fellowships for recent grads interested in public interest advocacy and administration. Designed to develop leaders for the public interest movement and offering a unique combination of mentorship, training, and hands-on advocacy experiences.
Teach for America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals - of all majors, backgrounds, and career interests - who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. To contact Stonehill alums who are currently serving or have completed service in Teach for America, click here.
Teach Next Year is an experimental, experiential urban school-based route to earning a master's degree in education (M.Ed.) and Massachusetts initial teacher licensure through the University of Massachusetts Boston in approximately twelve months. The program features summer courses at the university, followed by integrated teaching and graduate study on site at the three schools (Academy of Public Service, Economics and Business Academy and TechBoston) comprising Boston's Dorchester Education Complex. To contact a Stonehill alum currently serving with Teach Next Year, click here.
Volunteers for Peace - offers placement in international volunteer projects in more than 100 countries including popular destinations such as volunteering in France, India, Italy, Peru and Kenya. As part of the international voluntary service movement, Volunteers for Peace participants work with volunteers from at least four other countries on grassroots-identified projects to improve local communities. Short-term opportunities - fees charged.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - works to achieve, through peaceful means, world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, and an end to all forms of violence. WILPF offers a paid 12-month internship with the UN in Geneva and in New York.
WorldTeach - provides opportunities for volunteers to teach in developing countries. Most volunteers teach English, and students range in age depending on the placement. In some countries, volunteers may also teach math, science, computer skills, or HIV/AIDS awareness. Volunteers work as full-time teachers and live with a host family or on the school campus. WorldTeach offers year-long, semester-long, and summer programs. Applicants can apply year-round, depending on where they would like to volunteer and teach. To contact Stonehill alums who are currently serving or have completed service in WorldTeach, click here. Short and long term placements - some placement sites require financial obligation.
Alaska State Parks Volunteer Program - Help manage and maintain Alaska's State Parks. A variety of positions are available; length of service time varies with positions.
Bay Area Volunteer Information Center - Volunteer opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Conservation Corps - The Conservation Corps provides meaningful work for young people in managing natural resources, responding to disasters, conserving energy and leading volunteers. We provide training in resource management, safety, job-readiness and technical skills, and we help young people develop personal responsibility, a strong work ethic and greater awareness of environmental stewardship. Corps members are considered participants (not employees) and receive a living stipend rather than an hourly wage. All AmeriCorps members are eligible for an educational award at the end of their service, and receive training in technical and work skills as well as civic engagement and leadership skills.
Environmental Careers Organization offers paid, short-term environmental positions nationwide for seniors, graduate students, and entry-level environmental job seekers. Applications accepted year-round based on availability of positions.
Environmental Policy Internships - Work as an intern for the National Audubon Society and help lobby, research, attend hearings, meet with other environmental organizations, and write memos, briefs, newsletters, etc. Three month, full-time positions, with some flexibility.
Green Corps - Green Corps' Field School for Environmental Organizing trains college graduates to run environmental campaigns, starting by building a core group of activists and finishing by convincing decision-makers to pass laws, change policies and create reforms to protect our environment. Trainees start working on campaigns from the start of their education. Green Corps' one-year, full-time, paid Field School for Environmental Organizing includes intensive classroom training, hands-on field experience running urgent environmental and public health campaigns, and career placement in positions with leading environmental groups.
Student Conservation Association - Corps members spend 3-10 months devoted to critical environmental issues such as wildfire management and education, trail restoration and maintenance, environmental education, and invasive species eradication. This is a great opportunity to give back while you learn from the land on the land. Join the many SCA Corps volunteers who know, there's work to be done. Teamwork. Leadership. This is real get-your-hands-dirty conservation.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) connects volunteers with organic farmers both domestically and internationally. Volunteers learn organic farming techniques from organic farmers by working and living with a host family (and learning about life and culture) in another country. Application accepted throughout the year based on volunteer opportunities.
General Volunteer Programs
Community Aid Abroad - Opportunities For Volunteer Service in Australia.
VolunteerMatch - A search engine that can help you find the volunteer opportunity perfect for you.