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Other ways to get involved in the QCA and beyond

Looking to do something a little different?  Get out of here!

Here are a couple of ideas:

Cross Cultural Solutions - Volunteer or intern abroad with Cross-Cultural Solutions and make a meaningful contribution, working side-by-side with local people and sharing in the goals of a community that warmly welcomes you.  CCS is a recognized leader in the field of international volunteering.  Visit www.crossculturalsolutions.org.

Engage the environment through Living Routeswww.livingroutes.org

Work and live at Holden Villagewww.holdenvillage.org
Holden Village
HC 0 Box 2
Chelan, WA 98816-9769

Holden Village is a center for renewal, a Lutheran ministry welcoming all people into the wilderness to be called, equipped and sent by God. The center of our lives is the Good News of Jesus Christ, which opens us to ourselves, each other and all the issues facing humankind.
Holden is volunteersEveryone gets to claim Holden as their own through volunteer opportunities. Volunteer staff play a large part in creating a place of welcome, celebration and hilarity in all aspects of Village life. The staff supports this retreat by cooking meals, cleaning lodges, doing laundry, staffing the bookstore, pool hall, and snack bar, etc. Holden is able to offer reasonable rates to all who come here because of the dedicated volunteers and donors who support this ministry of hospitality.

Our staff includes Short-Term Volunteers who work from three weeks to six months and Long-Term Staff who choose to make a one-year commitment. The majority of our volunteers are needed between April and October, but we also have openings throughout the year. Included in our short-term volunteer needs are Short-Term Area Heads and Summer Area Heads.

Other ways to get involved in the QCA and beyond:
Get involved with Equal Exchange – www.equalexchange.coop
Start a project with Foods Resource Bank – www.foodsresourcebank.org

Post – Graduation ideas
Lutheran Volunteer Corps – www.lutheranvolunteercorps.org
ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission – www.elca.org/globalserve
Peace Corps –  Contact our area recruiter, Rok Teasley at rteasley@peacecorps.gov or visit the website at http://www.peacecorps.gov
Americorps – www.americorps.gov
Teach for America – www.teachforamerica.org
Jesuit Volunteer Corps – www.jesuitvolunteers.org
Holden Village – www.holdenvillage.org

Top 10 Post Graduate Volunteer Opportunities
Americorps
Americorps is often thought of as the internal Peace Corps for the USA. This huge umbrella organization encompasses scores of agencies and thousands of opportunities. Volunteers work in a broad spectrum of public service sectors including community development, children and youth, education, environment, health, homelessness, housing, hunger and eldercare.

There is no fee for participating in these programs. Participants receive a stipend to cover living expenses, health coverage and an education award at the end of service which can help repay loans or fund future studies.

Peace Corps
The Peace Corps is a branch of the U.S government which engages volunteers in international service projects. Volunteers work in areas like agriculture, health, youth and community development, education, HIV/AIDS, the environment and food security. Participants perform service in Asia, Central and South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Mexico and the Pacific Islands.

Volunteers must commit to 27 months of service though they receive 2 days of vacation per month of service and many participants return home or travel internationally during their term of service. There are no fees to participate and volunteers receive a living allowance, medical/dental coverage, travel to and from their volunteer site, deferment/cancellation of some loans and a transition award of $7,425 after completing their service.

World Teach
World Teach is a non-profit organization which provides graduates with yearlong teaching opportunities in 15 countries including India, Thailand, China, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Micronesia, Tanzania, the Marshall Islands, Panama, Bangladesh, Guyana and American Samoa. Volunteers teach English, math, science, computer skills, HIV/Aids education and general elementary education.

Participants are required to raise funds to help pay for program costs and are furnished with materials to facilitate this process. Volunteers are provided with room, board, health coverage and a modest stipend to meet day to day expenses.

City Year
City Year operates educational support programs in over 20 cities nationwide. Corp members sign on for 10 months during which they provide one on one or small group tutoring before, during and after school to children in the third to ninth grade. Volunteers also lead and organize after school activities, celebrations and projects to improve the community and school environment.

There are no fees to participate. Volunteers receive a stipend to help cover living expenses and an education award of approximately $5500 at the end of their experience to repay loans or fund future educational endeavors. Health insurance, federal loan deferment, childcare coverage and a cell phone are also provided.

The Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association through its internship program and Conservation Corps engages volunteers for three to ten month hands on conservation projects in all 50 states. Corps members work on critical environmental issues such as wildfire management and education, trail restoration and maintenance, environmental education, and invasive species eradication.

Volunteers receive a stipend, education award, housing (in most cases) and medical coverage for longer term assignments.

The Catholic Volunteer Network
The Catholic Volunteer Network is a non-profit clearinghouse for mostly domestic and a few international Catholic volunteer organizations. Many placements provide a stipend, housing and health coverage. The search page enables users to identify programs by service focus, geographic area and factors like whether housing, stipends and health coverage are provided.

MatchCorps
MatchCorps is a full time residential fellows program which links volunteers with 6-7 elementary, middle or high school students at public charter schools in the Boston area. Volunteers conduct one on one and small group tutoring, supervise extra-curricular activities, coach sports and serve as teaching assistants to outstanding classroom teachers. Most of the students are high need, low income youngsters who otherwise would not be likely to go to college.

Match Corps fellow receive housing and a modest living stipend.

EarthCorps
EarthCorps enlists Corps members to complete environmental restoration projects in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Projects can include stream and salmon habitat restoration, erosion control, invasive plant removal, native plant installation, trail construction and maintenance, and volunteer management. Volunteers receive a living stipend of $1120 per month and are eligible for an education award of $5500 after completing 1700 hours of service. Health insurance is provided.

Teach for America
Teach for America recruits college graduates who have not completed teacher training programs to teach in under resourced schools with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students. Participants take part in an intensive summer institute to learn teaching methodology and engage in ongoing training as they complete a 2 year teaching assignment.

Recruits receive compensation and benefits consistent with teachers in their district with pay ranging from $30,000 to $51,000.

Teacher Fellows Programs
Teacher Fellows Programs with a similar structure to Teach for America exist in many states and cities including New York City, Chicago, DC, North Carolina, Arizona, Denver, Indianapolis, Georgia, and Philadelphia.