Serving as a volunteer is an incredibly rewarding experience. There are links below for those interested in volunteering:
Two week projects designed for college students. Professionals can serve as project mentors.
Semester, summer, and year long programs to a variety of countries.
Two year programs for US citizens all over the world for everything from teaching to healthcare.
For those who would prefer to donate money rather than time, these are the organizations I can personally vouch for:
The organization I’m currently involved with, SEALNet, is great for a variety of reasons. The projects are student run, often by students from the country where the project will be carried out. All projects have a partner on the ground, such as a student group or NGO, to make sure the project is sustainable. I think the projects not only achieve their objectives, but they shape leaders in the process (both SEALNet members and in the countries where the projects are carried out). You can donate online or send checks to the address below. Including my name on the Memo line of the check or in the appropriate online field would be greatly appreciated! Donations are tax deductible.
Web address: http://www.sealnetonline.org/donate
P.O. Box 19739
Stanford, CA 94309
I can personally attest to the hard work and dedication of World Teach volunteers. If you’d like to assist a volunteer currently serving in Namibia with accomplishing a project (a field trip for the kids, setting up a computer lab, etc.) please let me know and I can put you in touch with the current field director. If you’d just like to support the organization, checks can be sent to the address below. Donations are tax-deductible.
c/o Center for International Development
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138