International Service Opportunities
The following organizations have partnered with the Bonner Foundation to provide international service opportunities:
Academic Programs International (API)
American College of Thessaloniki
Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS)
Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA)
Congressional Hunger Center’s Leland International Hunger Fellows Program,
Global Vision International (GVI)
Italy Center (Spring Hill College)
Pre-Collegiate Program of Yangon
SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru)
Unearth the World
The mission of Academic Programs International (API) is to transform lives by providing enriching academic and cross-cultural experiences that foster increased self-knowledge, cultural sensitivity and understanding of the global nature of our contemporary world. API has programs tailored to semesters abroad, gap years, internships, and teach/work/volunteer programs.
The American College of Thessaloniki offers students the opportunity to become immersed in an international learning environment while experiencing the hospitality and history of the Greek culture in the student hub of Greece. Courses are offered in Business, Computer Science, Humanities, and more with practicum options for both business and service learning for even more cultural immersion. The highlight of ACT is our Service Learning program where, in addition to being a non-profit organization itself, the school is partnered with over 40 NGO's throughout the city including youth centers, local schools, and refugee relief centers. All students who participate in Service Learning will receive a custom placement by our service learning experts in the student activities offices on campus. Your Service Learning at ACT takes place in groups of 2-3 students based on interests, skills, career goals and the needs of the local community.
Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) is a cultural immersion and community service program for emerging young leaders. AMIGOS offers 2-9 week summer programs, semester and year-long Gap programs, as well as educator professional development in Central and South America. AMIGOS knows young people always rise to the challenge when given the opportunity. AMIGOS also believes that cross-cultural collaboration inspires young people to positively change the world. For over 50 years we have been providing experiences for youth across the Americas to learn and grow by working with US and Latin American peers. All of the AMIGOS programs are done in conjunction with local partner agencies who do incredible work year-round in Latin America. Furthermore, participants are trained in a community asset-based model of service which teaches them to mobilize the resources and skills of the local community and focuses on building capacity within the communities in which they work.
Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA) is a non-profit organization - based in Indianapolis, Indiana - devoted to the mission of cooperating in projects for democratic, community-based social and economic development in Central America, and promoting awareness and social responsibility in the United States for more just relations with Latin America. We've worked in El Salvador and Nicaragua for the past 25 years in the focus areas of community capacity building, water and sanitation, public health and education. CoCoDA has been in the vanguard of using solar power in community based water projects. With a small, predominantly Central American staff, we connect universities, service clubs and churches to grassroots organizations in Central America in an ethically transparent process which sees Central Americans as agents of change rather than recipients of aid.
The Congressional Hunger Center works to make issues of domestic and international hunger a priority to policymakers in the U.S. government, and to raise a new generation of leaders to fight against hunger and poverty.
Through the Zero Hunger Initiative, Bonners will be able to deepen their learning around issues of food security, hunger and poverty and be exposed to ways they can become more effective advocates for promoting policies that address food security and reduce hunger in their campus communities.
The Congressional Hunger Center also operates a summer internship program and the Leland International Hunger Fellows Program, which trains emerging leaders in the fight to end hunger worldwide. The Leland Program shares with emerging leaders our vision of a world free from hunger and invests in these leaders to develop the tools they need to work toward this goal throughout their lives.
Emzingo U partners with pioneering world-class academic institutions and students who have realized we must either reinvent education or risk irrelevance. We aim to prepare the next generation of responsible leaders by engaging top-performing students through impact projects with amazing NGOs and Social Enterprises in Peru, Brazil, South Africa, USA and Spain. Our academic programs combine leadership training with social impact consulting projects in emerging markets. Through intensive leadership training including personal reflection, mentoring and coaching, our fellows are challenged to grow both as leaders and as positive contributors to society.
Global Vision International (GVI) tackles critical local and global issues by operating award-winning education and training programs on sustainable development projects around the world. We proudly partner with local and international NGO’s, government organizations and educational institutions, including Save the Children, the Red Cross, PADI and many others. We also work with the National Parks of South Africa, Costa Rica, Seychelles, Mexico and Thailand in order to provide impactful sustainable projects in collaboration with local communities. Headquartered in Cape Town, GVI offers credit and non-credit programs including internships, service learning courses, customized faculty-led programs and volunteer opportunities in Environmental Sustainability, Education, Global Health, Sports, Women’s Empowerment and Business/Micro-Enterprise. We build long-term partnerships with community leaders and measure the impact of our work according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The human rights focus of the SHC Italy Center is anchored in academic based social justice travel. The program integrates traditional classroom learning (in English) with travels that expand one’s global perspective. During a term abroad students are able to traverse Europe’s great capitals; meet with immigrants; hear from business, religious and political leaders; witness firsthand how Italians are combating climate change; intern for a human rights agency; and discover Italy’s nooks and crannies – all while living in one of Europe’s consistently top rated university towns.
The program offers a selection of twenty courses throughout the academic year. Approximately seven courses per semester meet core requirements. Courses are taught by adjunct Italian professors (Univ. of Bologna, Bocconi University) who have either taught or completed doctoral research in the United States and are familiar with American forms of pedagogy.
The Pre-Collegiate Program of Yangon’s mission is “to create a society of educated innovators, leaders, and change-makers who solve important challenges in Myanmar and beyond.”
After an intensive 16-months of academic and personal preparation, PCP has sent nearly 200 Myanmar nationals to receive bachelor degrees abroad at high caliber liberal arts institutions. As the country moves into a new era, program graduates have shown their mettle as competent leaders during this period of change; continuing to empower young people with the right skills is a necessary investment. Nurturing young people that can think deeply, critically, and empathetically about an issue, successfully seek out information, and persuasively share this information with others will be a great asset to the country as it goes forward.
Although our students primarily come from Yangon, PCP graduates increasingly have come from other cities and regions in Myanmar. Hailing from government and private high schools, their parents are doctors, architects, engineers, civil servants, merchants, taxi drivers, and farmers. Their defining qualities are a love of learning, a strong work ethic, genuine curiosity about the world, and a desire to use their skills to improve their communities.
Among PCP graduates who are not currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies, more than 70 percent are working in Myanmar: some in NGOs and some in private business. They are consultants and researchers, filmmakers and teachers. Six have started their own businesses. Each of them is working in dynamic positions made possible by the country’s current transition.
PCP is organizing a summer internship program specifically for students from the Bonner Network. Contact the Bonner Foundation to learn more.
SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru) is a non-profit organization that aims to help economically disadvantaged children get the education they deserve. Working in the impoverished districts of El Porvenir and Alto Trujillo - on the north coast of Peru - SKIP promotes quality education to empower kids and their families to be the principal agents of sustainable change in their own lives. Since 2003, SKIP has been collaborating with families through holistic programs on education, economic advancement and emotional and social development. To achieve every goal set for those programs, SKIP relies on its Peruvian and international network of volunteers, who specialized in different areas to offer each family customized support. We nurture a learning environment, challenging our volunteers to grow personally and professionally, and the wide range of nationalities the organization holds gives us the possibility to help the new members to learn English/Spanish and develop a different set of skills.
Unearth the World believes that global travel, cross-cultural exchange and volunteer service can be transformative. So, they help connect students with vetted international nonprofits throughout Latin America and Africa to collaborate in solving real issues - like poor education, food insecurity and environmental problems - in global communities. Their online pre-trip training curriculum focuses on preparing and promoting the next generation of global leaders. And their post-trip programming helps their participants bridge their international experiences into their daily lives so as to truly multiply their impact and promote local civic engagement. Part of Unearth the World’s mission is also about changing the face of those that currently participate in global service learning so we work to creatively find funding for students from underserved communities. As such, Unearth the World has offered a significant discount on their application fee to all Bonner participants.
United Planet is a non-profit located in Boston, MA whose vision is to one day create a united planet where all people understand, respect, and support one another in a community beyond borders. We connect volunteers who want to make a difference with communities in more than 25 countries, where they learn, teach, work, engage, and immerse themselves in a culture outside of their comfort zone. Our mission is to create a global community, one relationship at a time. United Planet knows that Bonners stop giving back, and therefore offers Bonner Scholars and Leaders three special scholarships for our Quest Volunteer Abroad Programs. In addition, Bonner Scholars always receive 5% off our short-term Quest Volunteer Abroad Programs year-round.