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Reunion 2007

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Explore reflections from all of the regions Sorensen Fellows have traveled to for their internships!


Internships in Africa


Internships in Europe


Internships in North and South America


Internships in Asia and Australia

Internship Ideas

These internships are provided as suggestions only, and do not imply Ethics Center endorsement of the organizations.

For more ideas, visit the University’s webpage for Undergraduate Academic Internships. There is a good selection of student reviews of internship sites at Hiatt's Brandeis Internship Exchange (bix). In addition, is a popular and highly recommended database for searching for an internship.

For a full list of past Sorensen internships by region, with links to reflections by Sorensen Fellows on their internship experiences, see the links in the right sidebar.

Argentina - see Spanish-speaking listings below


Access to Information Programme Foundation: Sofia
2006-Joshua Rosenthal
An organization that works to promote the right to information through civic education, transparency of government, and advocacy.
CONTACT: Diana Bancheva


Reyum: Phnom Penh

2004-Daniel Ludevig and Joshua Russell
A community empowerment center and art gallery dedicated to promoting and preserving Cambodian art.
CONTACT: Ly Daravuth

Womyn’s Agenda for Change: Phnom Penh

2004-Joshua Russell
Works for grassroots empowerment of Cambodian women, particularly sex workers and garment workers.
CONTACT: Rosanna Barbero


Included (began in China - now in Asia, Africa, and Latin America)
An organization that started in China and has now spread to multiple cities throughout the world, that works to help migrants in slums gain access to their cities' opportunities and services and become contributing citizens of those cities.
CONTACT: volunteer form

Hua Dan
An organization that works with the children of migrant workers to give them a chance to express themselves through improvisational theater.
CONTACT: Caroline Watson or

International Bridges to Justice
2008-Angela Tse
IBJ is dedicated to protecting the basic legal rights of ordinary citizens in developing countries. Offices located throughout the world.
CONTACT: Jennifer Smith

Media Monitor for Women Network
2015-Anni Long
An NGO that aims to promote gender equality in media and women’s communication rights. Work includes research, training, advocacy, writing, media liaison, production of alternative media and resource development. Chinese language proficiency required.
CONTACT: Ms. Xiong Jing

United Nations Development Program
An organization that fosters human development to empower women and men to build better lives. As the UN’s development network, UNDP works to assist China in reducing poverty, strengthening rule of law, promoting environmental sustainability, and fighting HIV/AIDS.

Costa Rica - see Spanish-speaking listings below

East Timor

Bairo Pite Clinic
2011- Piyawat "Paul" Sukijthamapan
BPC was founded when the bloody war for independence from Indonesia broke out in the late 1990’s. Today, BPC is still operating to provide free care to the East Timorese and working to guide the nation in the recovery from that conflict by building a self-sufficient health system.
CONTACT: via email

Ecuador - additional listings in Spanish-speaking section below

WorldTeach Ecuador
2010-Chris Lau
The Ecuador Summer Program affords volunteers a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth, while also allowing an up-close look at development work. Ecuador summer volunteers teach English in a wide variety of settings including community centers, schools, and institutions that have invited WorldTeach volunteers. Summer volunteers in Ecuador are primarily placed in communities that would not otherwise have a native speaker available to teach them English.
CONTACT: Maggie Tabach


Spirit of Youth Association for Environmental Services
2010-Madeleine Stix
The main programs within this organization are the Recycling School established in 2000, and the source segregation public awareness project in collaboration with the International Center for Environment Development inititated in 2004. One of the organization's projects is the implementation of a source segregation scheme for residential waste in a neighborhood of 72,000 households.
CONTACT: Laila Iskander


Hope Community Services
2008-Avram Mlotek
An organization that runs an orphanage for Ethiopian children, schools for the blind, and medical services for local communities.
CONTACT: Gabe Beyene

Nia Foundation 
2015 - Bezaye T. Teshome
An organization working with Ethiopian children with special needs, particularly those with autism.
CONTACT: Ms. Zemi Yenus

The Gambia

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
Promotes and protects human rights and collective (peoples') rights throughout Africa.

Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA)
Promotes respect for human rights by strengthening the human rights institutions in Africa, ensuring compliance with the existing norms and making the system widely accessible to victims of human rights violations and other actors of civil society.


Attukwei Art Foundation
2011-Jessye Kass
AAF aims to bring art projects to students living in underprivileged areas, as well as to students who have been victims of sex slavery or child labor.
CONTACT: Jessye Kass

Light for Children Ghana
2017- Michelle Dennis
A child-centered organization seeking the welfare of disadvantaged children and focusing on community and humanitarian services.
CONTACT: Mike Owusu Gyimah

Village Volunteers: Ghana, India, Kenya, Nepal
Village Volunteers is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with rural villages and capacity-building programs to support the development of sustainable solutions for community survival, education and growth. Committed to preserving autonomy and cultural heritage, Village Volunteers works in collaboration with village programs to support the achievement of their goals and objectives by integrating international volunteerism, sustainable community development projects, and program assistance.


The Kokkalis Foundation: Athens
2006-Kosmas Kaprinis
Works to promote the peaceful, democratic, and prosperous Southeastern Europe through the development of public, cultural and scientific life in the region.
CONTACT: Margarita Gogou


The Grenada Education and Development Programme

2000-Tova Neugut; 1999-Karen Hovav
A non-governmental organization focused on education issues in Grenada.

Guatemala - see Spanish-speaking listings below


Coopérative Artisanale Sisal 2: Dalaba
Promotes the well-being of women in the community. Fights poverty and illiteracy through engaging young women in dyeing, soap manufacturing, literacy, and training in information technology and communication. These economic and educational activities help women to avoid early marriages and to take control of their own destinies.

Qui Veut Peu
2014-Ibrahima Diaboula
A non-profit organization focused on children's rights and education.
CONTACT: Mr. Abdoul Aziz Diallo


Despande Foundation
2014- Shane Weitzman
This Foundation employs a “bottom up” approach to inspire local entrepreneurship in service of helping to solve systemic social problems. It engages with non-profits, academic institutions, and entrepreneurs to implement effective and scalable models of development.

Experimental Theatre Foundation
2010-Kayla Dinces
The Experimental Theatre Foundation has completed 17 years of Theatre of Relevance (1992-2009). ETF was founded in 1992 by Manjul Bhardwaj and like-minded people to practice the philosophy "Theatre of Relevance."
CONTACT: Mr. Manjul Bhardwaj

Fo Guang Shan Sramanera School
2016-Brandon Tran
Fo Guang Shan Sramanera School is a Chinese Mahayana Buddhist temple and school that trains novice monks while providing the students with academic courses. 
CONTACT: Venerable Hui Xian

Maharashtra Organic Farming Federation: Maharashtra
2007-Neena Pathak
A confederation of small NGO's and farmers promoting and disseminating knowledge about the benefits of organic agriculture, analyzing alternatives to current government and transnational corporation policies that have been connected to a rash of farmer suicides.
CONTACT: Mr. Dilip Baradkar

Observer Research Foundation (ORF)
This policy think tank works by creating publications, documentaries and holding events that help in shaping and influencing public opinion and creating viable, alternative policy options in areas as divergent as infrastructure, Urban development and public health. ORF acts as a forum between the public system, private initiatives and the NGO sector to bring forth discussions, ideas and research work to contribute to a better India.

Population Services International
2008-Hannah Janoowalla
Addresses the health problems of low-income and vulnerable populations in more than 60 developing countries, with programs in malaria, reproductive health, child survival and HIV.
CONTACT: Chandra Ramamurthy

Organization that focuses on improving the conditions of marginalized communities by promoting peace education, gender justice, and indigenous knowledge such as agricultural productivity.
CONTACT: Managing trustee Ms. Gazala Paul, Brandeis Coexistence Program alumna


All for Peace: Jerusalem
A Palestinian-Israeli Radio Station broadcasting in Hebrew, Arabic and English, which aims at a wide audience amongst both people and provides messages of peace, cooperation, mutual understanding, coexistence and hope.
CONTACT: via email

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
An institution focused on exploring a range of environmental issues from a regional, interdisciplinary perspective while teaching peacebuilding and leadership skills. The institution gives Jewish, Arab, and other students a unique opportunity to study and live together for an extended period of time.
CONTACT: Rabbi Michael Cohen

B’Tselem: The Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: Jerusalem
1998-Forsan Hussein
Analyzes and documents information on major human rights violations on the West Bank and Gaza Strip and raises issues for public debate.
CONTACT: Zvi Shulman

Ethiopian National Project (ENP)
An organization that assists the Ethiopian-Israeli community, with programs geared particularly toward Ethiopian-Israeli youth. Programs include after school scholastic assistance, neighborhood outreach centers for youth at risk, alcohol and drug prevention, domestic violence prevention, and workshops for the empowerment of parents and other community leaders.
CONTACT: Grace Rodnitzki '90

Gesher: Jerusalem
2001-Daniel Weinstein
Promotes dialogue between secular and religious Jews through the implementation of educational programs

Galilee Foundation for Value Education-Shorashim
The Galilee Foundation’s central mission is to use informal education to build the Galilee as a model of civil society. The foundation’s work is rooted in a vision of Zionism that integrates the unity of Jewish peoplehood, together with the values of equality, freedom of conscience, and religious and ethnic pluralism. Their three main areas of activity are Jewish-Arab cooperation in the Galilee, Jewish pluralism, and Israel-Diaspora relations.

Hotline for Migrant Workers: Tel Aviv
2011- Shani Rosenbaum
The Hotline for Migrant Workers is a non-partisan, not for profit organization, dedicated to (a) promoting the rights of undocumented migrant workers and refugees and (b) eliminating trafficking in persons in Israel. Their main mission is to build a more just, equitable and democratic society where the human rights of all people are paramount civic and political values.

Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions: Jerusalem
2009- Beth Bowman
ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action organization established to resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories — 24,000 as of this writing and counting.

The Jerusalem Youth Chorus
2016- Sophia Warren
Jerusalem Youth Chorus of the Jerusalem International YMCA works to empower high school singers engaging one another in musical and verbal dialogue, using skills in community building, communications strategy, and technological programming.
Contact: Micah Hendler

Middle East Non-Violence and Democracy: Jerusalem
1999-Tamara Beliak
Palestinian institution addressing issues related to nonviolence and democracy through a variety of projects focused primarily on training and utilizing innovative media techniques. MEND’s priority is to work to create a more democratic and nonviolent climate for all Palestinians.
CONTACT: Lucy Nusseibeh

Reut Sadaka: Jaffa
2005-Anna Nguyen
A Jewish-Arab youth organization for peace and democracy.
CONTACT: Genevieve Nardeau

Yemin Orde Children's Village
2008-Avram Mlotek
A home and school for 500 children aged 6-18 from difficult family circumstances. Over 55% of the children are from Ethiopia.
CONTACT: Susan Weijel

Yerushalmit Movement
2016- Yael Jaffe
Yerushalmit Movement is a grass-roots organization that works to build a more vibrant, pluralistic, and inclusive Jerusalem.
CONTACT: Sarah Weil


Students Expressing Truth: Kingston
2009-Lisa Hanania
SET is a non-governmental charity organization that focuses on social transformation within the Jamaican correctional facilities. This organization works specifically to improve educational opportunities within the prison system.
CONTACT: Kevin Wallen


CREATA (Center for Regeneration and Empowerment of Africa Through Africa)
An NGO that strives to bring Kenyans to common ground to end violent conflicts by addressing structural and social injustices. CREATA uses soccer as a catalyst for promoting peace, community development, good governance, education and leadership.
CONTACT: Paul Ogalo, MA Coexistence '09

Flying Kites
An NGO started by Brandeis alum Matthew Travis '05 that works to provide high quality residential care to some of Kenya's most desperate orphaned and abused children. Flying Kites workes with multiple other organizations to combat the cycle of poverty affecting the children and families of Kenya. 

Kakamega Environmental Education Program: Kenya
2007-Jamie Pottern
An organization aiding education and forest conservation efforts in the Kakamega rainforest, as well as promoting sustainable development.  This internship is arranged through the Foundation for Sustainable Development.

Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT)
2013- Abie Troen (placed by Kathleen McTigue of the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice)
KENASVIT works to organize and empower street vendors and informal traders of Kenya. This includes providing business training, increasing access to credit, facilitating dialogue between vendors and traders and authorities, and working to end discrimination against vendors and traders.
CONTACT:, Kathleen McTigue

Kenya Social Ventures
: Power Women Group
2013- Cynthia Wangui Charchi, 2014- Shimon Mazor
Kenya Social Ventures is an organization that works within the slums of Kenya to empower and employ Kenyans. It parters with many other organizations and individuals, including Power Women's Group, which empowers HIV positive women in the slums of Kibera and provides them with technical skills, materials, and a market to create and sell craft items.
CONTACT:, Blake Simpson

Kericho District Development Initiatives: Kericho
The Kericho District Development Initiatives encompass a plethora of projects, touching upon everything from sustainable development and micro-credit to education promotion and AIDS relief. The development initiatives also espouse the goal of ending gender-based violence, a prevalent problem in Africa.
CONTACT: Esther Keino, Member of the Kenyan Parliament

Mobile Education for Life International (MELI)
MELI is an organization focused on creating Young Entrepreneurs Societies (YES). The YES movement aims at breaking the poverty cycle among unemployed young people and a forum for discussion for children who attend school. MELI organizes training opportunities for youth to explore their entrepreneurial potential for social and economic empowerment. Additionally, MELI  works with youth for a sustainable environment and encourages entrepreneurial initiatives that reduce CO2 emission in the atmosphere.
CONTACT: Jacinta Aluoch Odhiambo 

World Agroforestry Centre: Nairobi
The Centre aims to spread information regarding agroforestry, the practice of growing trees on farms, which will aid and improve the livelihoods of the African agricultural poor and help to maintain a natural resource base. Click here to learn about Dr. Mohamed Bakarr, Assistant Director General of the World Agroforestry Centre, who visited Brandeis in February 2007 as the Ethics Center's first Distinguished Visiting Practitioner. Please note that applications  should be submitted to Training Officer, World Agroforestry Centre, PO Box 30677-00100, Nairobi, betweeen three and six months before the date that the applicant proposes to begin the internship.
CONTACT: Hellen Ochieng


Family Art and Literacy Center
2009-Lauren Kraus

Help Professor Jane Hale (ROMS) encourage the progress of this first-of-a-kind cultural center in the beautiful mountain kingdom of Lesotho, an independent nation surrounded by South Africa.  Initially funded by Rotary International, the Center brings together the work of two volunteer organizations—Family Literacy Lesotho and Children’s Art Organization of Lesotho—in a central space.  The Center provides workspace, supplies, storage, and a creative community for local artists and writers who are developing Lesotho’s first children’s picture books in the Sesotho language.  There is an opportunity to work with rural communities who have already expressed interest in replicating the project.
CONTACT: Professor Jane Hale

Morija Museum and Archives
This museum is a unique treasure - house for Lesotho’s historical, cultural and scientific heritage. Located less than an hour south of the capital, Maseru, the museum welcomes students to carry our a number of programs including artifact research, collection and preservation in disciplines of archaeology, history, art or film - making.

Mexico - see Spanish-speaking listings below


Medical Care Development International, Child Survival and Community Health Project: Cuamba
1998-Eldad Elnekave
Works to fund medical care for the underprivileged.


Asian Study Center for Political & Conflict Transformation (ASPECT)
2008-Aaron Voldman
An organization that focuses on peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
CONTACT: Manish Thapa

Tevel B'Tzedek
Students intern with local human rights, social justice, or environmental organizations in Nepal. Additionally, the program teaches about globalization and effects on developing countries, the Nepalese language, and Jewish sources and traditions on social, economic, and environmental justice.
CONTACT: Tamar Kay

Nicaragua - see Spanish-speaking listings below

Northern Ireland

Ballynafeigh Community House: Belfast
2000-Sarah-Bess Dworin
Acts as a "focal point" for local groups and projects. Current projects include welfare rights, legal advice, an after-schools club, crèche, play group, parent and toddler, journeys development program for women, young adults citizenship program, finance and IT, community facilitation, social energy and mixed links.

Beyond Skin
2012- Rachael Koehler
This organization addresses racism and sectarianism through multi-cultural arts and media.
CONTACT: Darren Furguson

Community Relations Council: Belfast
Set up to promote better community relations between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland and, equally, to promote recognition of cultural diversity. Provides support (finance, training, advice, information) for local groups and organizations; Develops opportunities for cross-community understanding; Increases public awareness of community relations work; Encourages constructive debate throughout Northern Ireland.
CONTACT: Elana Kogan

Linen Hall Library: Belfast

Oldest library in Belfast whose collections include the 250,000 items in the Northern Ireland Political Collection, the definitive archive of the Troubles. Offers cultural and political events to the community.

Nerve Centre: Derry
2005-Ava Morgenstern; 2004-Patrick Raymond
By bringing popular music, film, video, animation and interactive multimedia together under one roof, the Nerve Centre promotes creative collaboration and fusion between artists and provides a cultural outlet for many young people who feel excluded from what is traditionally regarded as the "arts sector."
CONTACTS: John Peto, Aisleain McGill

Peace & Reconciliation Group: Derry
2005-Julia Resnitsky
Works toward understanding and reconciliation in Northern Ireland through dialogue and mediation.
CONTACT: Michael Doherty

The Rural Community Network: Cookstown, Co. Tyrone
2000-Sophia Moon
Organization committed to reconciliation work through family and community
CONTACT: Marion Green


Norwegian Center for Minority Health Research (NAKMI)
2015-Tove Freeman
Organization that contributes to attaining equity in health care for immigrants and ethnic minorities with the overall aim of improving health care for all. NAKMI’s goal is to be the nexus for migrant and ethnic minority health, through research and policy development, education, training, capacity building and dissemination of research and information nationally and internationally.
CONTACT: Ms. Karin Harslof Hjelde


Museum of the History of Polish Jews
2014- Elad Mehl
The museum functions as a cultural and educational center and offers cultural programming, exhibitions, films, debates, workshops, performances, concerts, lectures, etc. It is involved in wide ranging research and attempts to tell the story of Polish Jews.


Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center
2009-Noam Shouster
A nonprofit organization in Kigali, Rwanda with a mission to testify, to study genocide through rigorous cross-disciplinary scholarship, and to understand various mechanisms and structures of violence with the goal of preventing genocide and mass violence in the future.
CONTACT: Kathy Carbone or Jean-Pierre Sadi Karegeye

WE-ACTx (Women's Equity in Access to Care and Treatment: Kigali
2007-Margot Moinester
An organization committed to supplying Rwandan women and children with AIDS medications and treatments, educating and counseling women with HIV about their legal rights and providing income generation programs.
CONTACT: Frank Mugisha


Pour Une Enfance
2013- Nelly Schläfereit
Pour Une Enfance (For a Child) is a humanitarian organization that works to create access to education, healthcare, and recreational activities for young street children and child beggars in Senegal.
CONTACT:, Souleymane "Jules" NdayeWest African Research Center: Dakar

West African Research Center
2006-Dana Sawitz
Promotes scholarly research on West Africa, and works to foster cooperation between American and West African researchers, students, and artists.
CONTACT: Abdoulaye Niang

South Africa

Artist Proof Studio: Johannesburg
2004-Darnisa Amante and Amy Schiller
Printmaking art studio in Johannesburg. Coordinates art-related poverty relief and AIDS awareness projects throughout South Africa.
CONTACT: Daniel "Stompie" Selibe

Art Therapy Centre: Johannesburg
2006-Naomi Safran-Hon; 2008-Catherine McConnell
Aims to create a society free of trauma through the medium of art counseling.
CONTACT: Kim Berman

enke: Make Your Mark
“Enke,” from the Tswana word for “ink,” empowers young leaders to Make Their Mark: on their peers, their community and their world. This is an education and peer networking initiative whose mission is to reduce inequality in South Africa by connecting across social divides and equipping and inspiring young people. Their vision is to see young people working together as a new generation of leaders for positive change in their country.
CONTACT: Ruth Orbach '11

Ikamva Labantu: Cape Town
2005-Cyanna Rodney-Hill; 2003-Deirdre Mooney; 2002-Trang Nguyen; 2001-Yaser S. Robles; 2000-Nakisha Evans; 2000-Zachary Sherwin
Supports democracy in post-apartheid South Africa by providing educational and economic resources to community members and townships.
CONTACT: Ishrene Davids, Mala, Barbara Stemmert

An organization that strives to provide bright, motivated, and potential-laden township youth with the education they need to succeed in a post-apartheid South Africa. Students begin in Inkululeko's program at grade eight and are guided through high school, where staff and volunteers work with each student one-on-one, ensuring their continual academic advancement. Inkululeko assists low-income, previously disadvantaged groups break the cycle of poverty, using education and the potential that comes along with education, as a means to achieve these ends. Inkululeko's mission is to create a positive change -- student-by-student, generation-by-generation.
CONTACT: Jason Torreano

OUT LGBT Well-being: Pretoria
2017-Paul Sindberg
OUT provides direct health services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, MSM, sex workers, and injecting drug users, including HIV testing, counselling, treatment and general lifestyle advice and support.
CONTACT: Johan Meyer

South Africa Holocaust and Genocide Foundation
This organization works to promote respect for human rights and diversity through education about the consequences of discrimination and racism. They use Holocaust education to stand against contemporary human rights abuses. (We have connections with Director Richard Freedman and Coordinator Tali Nates.)

Sri Lanka

2005-Mai Le; 2004-Lisa Kim; 2003-Marina Pevner
A grassroots organization concerned with developing a non-violent culture in a war torn society. It has a strong reputation as a training institute on conflict resolution and on extending psycho-social support for victims of violence.
CONTACTS: Kassapa Divabedanage, John Calogero

Sewa Lanka Foundation: Colombo
2002-Jocelyn Berger and Aran Lavi; 2001-Jennifer Lewey
Promotes social mobilization and institutional capacity building through economic development in conflict-affected communities.
CONTACT: Harsha K. Nawaratne


Bagamoyo College of Art: Bagamoyo
1998-Manuel Costescu
A dynamic, creative and innovative institution for high quality training, research and professionalism in the Arts. Our mission is to produce high quality professional artists, arts managers, arts products and services.

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Arusha
2007-Daniel Koosed
The tribunal is responsible for the prosecution of parties responsible for genocide and human rights violations, in the hopes of aiding reconciliation and peace in the region.
CONTACT: Suzanne Chenault

Massai Stoves & Solar
Help provide a better, healthier life for the rural world and a cleaner environment for all of us through two related projects. One entails training women to make and maintain energy-efficient stoves, the other involves providing solar systems and teaching how to install and maintain them.
CONTACT: Bob Lange

Opportunity Tanzania Limited
2012- Karia Sekumbo
This organization provides microfinance loans, savings, insurance and training  to over two million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world.

Women's Education and Economic Centre (WEECE)
2010-Tess Raser
WEECE is an NGO founded in 1999 by three women in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. The organization provides women with micro-loans to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency; education in leadership training, business practices, health issues, and legal rights; and counseling, advocacy, and litigation.
CONTACT: Vivian Unterweger


Wildflower Home: Chiang Mai
2011- Sarah Van Buren
The Wildflower Home serves as a shelter, clinic, and school for women who have been victims of sexual abuse and the sex trade. Part of their work involves leading sexual health education and women’s empowerment courses for adolescent girls, and will teach English and Japanese to the children at Wildflower Home.


Education Centre of Uganda Youth and Women’s Effort Fighting AIDS (UYWEFA)
2013- Hannah Young
UYWEFA provides support to those in Kazo living with HIV/AIDS, providing educational opportunities to children affected by the disease, as well as economic opportunities and home care for HIV-positive individuals. 
CONTACT:, Bagenda Ronald

Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU)
2008-Benjamin Bechtolsheim
This organization provides family planning and medical services to communities in Uganda. 
CONTACT: Peter Ibembe

United States

Center for Playback Theatre: New Paltz, NY
2006-William Chalmus
A nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive training in playback theatre to individuals and groups for the purposes of personal empowerment, awareness education, artistic fulfillment, community building, reconciliation, and social change.
CONTACT: Heidi Reagan

Center for Young Women's Health: Boston, MA
2015-Shaoleen Khaled
The Center for Young Women’s Health, a partnership between the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine and the Division of Gynecology at Boston Children’s Hospital, is an educational entity committed to providing teen girls and young women with carefully researched health information, educational programs, and conferences.
CONTACT: Ms. Phaedra Thomas

Children’s Association for Maximum Potential: Texas
2011- Sarah Michael
Children’ Association for Maximum Potential has a summer camp which is a series of five-day camp sessions for children and adults with special needs who may not be eligible to attend other camps due to the severity of their disability or medical condition.
CONTACT: Brandon Briery

Colonias Development Council: Las Cruces, NM
2009-Zev Rowlett
The Colonias Development Council promotes leadership development by engaging communities in civic processes. The Council works with residents to develop community-based solutions to common needs by using a community organizing approach that focuses on developing grassroots strategies to address resident-identified issues of concern.
CONTACT: Char Ullman

Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
2014- Sneha Walia
This federal department establishes policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributes and monitors those funds. It also collects data on America's schools, disseminates research, and ensures equal access to education.

Feminist Majority Foundation: Los Angeles, CA  
2015-Ariella Assouline
A non-profit organization dedicated to women's social, political, and economic equality; reproductive health; and non-violence.
CONTACT: Ms. Susie Gilligan

Friends of the Parents Circle: Cambridge, MA
2003-Ayham Bahnassi
An Israeli organization which represents a group of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved parents who have lost loved ones as a result of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
CONTACT: Maribeth Kaptchuk

Housatonic Valley Association: Cornwall Bridge, CT
2015-Wilkins Lugo
The Housatonic Valley Association is an effort to improve water quality in the Still River Watershed through education and outreach.
CONTACT: Mr. Michael Jastremski

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH): Boston, MA
2016-Jennifer Almodovar
IJDH col­lab­o­rates with grass­roots orga­ni­za­tions to coor­di­nate advo­cacy on human rights in Haiti, and net­works with sol­i­dar­ity and Hait­ian Dias­pora activists through­out the world.
CONTACT: Jennifer Chesnulovitch

The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice: Bronx, NY
2017-Max Gould
The Foundation seeks to exonerate the actually innocent, i.e., prisoners who have no connection to the crime for which they were convicted. Our team of investigators and lawyers comprehensively review court files, transcripts of prior testimony, and evidence introduced at trial to uncover uninvestigated leads, possible alternative suspects, exculpatory evidence, and similar crimes in the area.
CONTACT: Jeffrey Deskovic

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs: Chicago, IL
2017-Leah Susman
We work in partnership with coalitions and directly impacted communities to address the root causes of disparity in our city. We do this through issue-based campaigns, community investment and bridge-building with communities facing discrimination.
CONTACT: Marla Bramble

Jewish Vocational Services: Boston, MA
2017-Ece Esikara
Empowers individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, while partnering with employers to hire, develop, and retain productive workforces.
CONTACT: Amy Stein, Shakunthala Devi Shiwnath

The Millennium Campus Network: Boston, MA
The Millennium Campus Network (MCN) is a national non-profit network of university student organizations working to reduce extreme poverty and achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. The network provides networking, funding, and national campaign opportunities to existing student organizations. To date, the MCN counts 47 member organizations on 21 campuses across Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Washington D.C., and counts Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, and musician John Legend among its Board of Advisors. Brandeis alumnus Sam Vaghar '08 is executive director & co-founder.

Museum of Jewish Heritage: New York
This museum honors those who died in the Holocaust by celebrating their lives—cherishing the traditions that they embraced, examining their achievements and faith, and affirming the vibrant worldwide Jewish community that is their legacy today.
CONTACT: Bonnie Unger

NARAL Pro-Choice New York
2013- Hailey Magee
NARAL Pro-Choice NY works to increase access to reproductive health care with the goal of increasing the health and safety of the people of New York. This includes pushing state policy in favor of reproductive health and working with elected officials to pass pro-choice legislation.
CONTACT:, Christopher Casey

The Pro Bono Counseling Project: Baltimore, MD
2017- Mrudula Gadgil
The Pro Bono Counseling Project’s mission is to ensure that Marylanders with limited resources requesting mental health care are provided access to volunteer licensed mental health professionals and other necessary supportive services.
CONTACT: Amy Greensfelder, Swaran Dhawan

Roca: Chelsea, MA, and Revere, MA
2002-Susan Ulrich
A grassroots human development and community building organization that promotes social justice by creating opportunities for young people and families to lead happy and healthy lives.
CONTACT: Mary Baldwin

Rockland Conservation & Service Corps: Rockland County, NY
2016-Jake Greenberg 
Rockland Conservation & Service Corps with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County builds environmental awareness in the local community while discovering many of the natural marvels and challenges of New York’s Lower Hudson Valley.
CONTACT: Kathy Gallione


Work Room Four
2016-Marcelo Bronicer
Work Room Four is an art sudio in Hanoi, Vietnam.
CONTACT: Claire Driscoll



La Linea Fundadora de las Madres de Plaza de Mayo: Buenos Aires

1999-Wendi Adelson
Las Madres began as a group of women looking for the "disappeared" loved ones after a coup d'etat in the 1970’s by the last and most brutal military regime in Argentina’s history.
CONTACT: via email

Voluntario Global
2015-Regina Roberg
A nonprofit dedicated to developing volunteer programs in Latin America. Opportunities available with social, political, and governmental organizations, recovered factories, medical facilities, and orphanages

Costa Rica

Inter-American Court of Human Rights
The Court's Latin American headquarters is in Costa Rica.

Caritas Internationalis
A Christian-based organization that deals with refugees and human rights issues. They have a site in Costa Rica.
CONTACT: Virginia Gri Allen at Caritas Carney Hospital

Centro de Estudios para la Paz (CEPPA)
The programs of CEPPA are designed to transform violence and conflict in all areas of society: schools, families, private enterprises,  community groups, churches, and prisons. The organization runs workshops on four main themes: self-esteem, communication, cooperation, and creative management of the conflict. CONTACT: Rachel Spence

UN High Commission for Refugees (ACNUR)
Leads and coordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. The ACNUR safeguards the rights and well-being of refugees, striving to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.
CONTACT: Kazuhiro Kaneko

Inter-American Institute on Human Rights (IIDH)
One of the most important world centers for the education, investigation, and, promotion human rights.

Habitat for Humanity
A nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action.  They work with people of all faiths.


Fundacion Sinchi Sacha, Museo de Arte Etnico Amazonico: Archidona
1998-Benjamin Singerman
The Museo de Arte Etnico Amazonico is working with the minority Indian communities as well as the majority Spanish communities to better incorporate both points of view in the museum.
CONTACT: Catalina Sosa


Fundacion Turcios Lima
2003-Paul Adler and Xiomara Gomez
This organization works on reconciliation, re-insertion, and development projects with multiethnic communities in the villages of Guatemala. Members of community are people who have returned from exile in Mexico.
CONTACT: César Montes

Celas Maya: Quetzaltenango
2002-George Okrah
Works to recuperate and maintain the collective memory and history of the Quiché Maya and to develop alternative solutions to education problems for the highlands Mayan youth.
CONTACT: Carol Kunz ( or


Red de Comunicadores Boca de Polen: Chiapas

2006-Daniel Duffy
An indigenous media networking organization.
CONTACT: Eugenio Bermejillo


Newton-San Juan del Sur Sister City Project
This organization’s mission is to work alongside Nicaraguan friends to improve education and healthcare, and to employ sustainable technology at the village level. The citizens of Newton, MA are in partnership with fellow activists in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, where they have built or renovated twenty schoolhouses, constructed model homes for teachers, and rebuilt playgrounds. The organization seeks motivated students to go to San Juan to help teach English or work on Public Health projects and live with local families.
CONTACT: David Gullette or Dr. Rosa Elena Bello

Latin America: General

Public Health education program in Latin America.

Partners of the Americas

"People to People" volunteer exchange program. Links technical education and support opportunities between North and South America.