Peace Corps | www.peacecorps.gov
The Peace Corps has three goals: to help people in 77 interested host countries by providing trained individuals, to promote a better understanding of Americans by those served and to promote a better understanding of people served by Americans. There are six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment. For 27 months of service volunteers receive transition funds, free travel, living allowance, vacation days, medical and dental, and health insurance. There is no participation fee and some loans are eligible for deferment or partial cancellation.
Not sure if you would like to pursue the Peace Corps or graduate school? You may not have to choose! There are also 2 unique programs that offer a Peace Corps experience partnered with a graduate study program: Master's International and The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. With Master's International, there are 80 academic institutions that have partnered with Peace Corps so a volunteer who is accepted into both the graduate school and the Peace Corps may spend only a year on campus and then two years abroad to complete his or her master's degree. The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program is available to those who have decided to pursue graduate school after serving in the Peace Corps. This program, in conjunction with 50 participating campuses, offers former Peace Corps volunteers financial assistance.
Mercy Volunteer Corps | www.mercyvolunteers.org
With Mercy Volunteer Corps, volunteers serve in education, healthcare or social services to support those who are economically poor and marginalized in one of 8 locations in the US or in Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, South America. International commitments are for 2 years. Volunteers receive housing, medical insurance, transportation, food/personal stipends and student loan deferment. Also eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award stipend.
Volunteers for Peace | www.vfp.org
Become immersed in another culture! International Volunteer short term projects are 2-3 weeks, medium term projects are 1-6 months and long term projects are up to a year. There are over 3000 projects in more than 100 countries around the world. The registration fee is $300,regardless of the length of the project, which covers food, accommodation and work materials for the entire duration of the project. Volunteers are responsible for their transportation arrangements and expenses. There are also 40-60 projects in the United States per year.