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Global Citizens Network partners with World Savvy to offer the American Youth Leadership Program to Peru in summer 2013


The American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP) is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U. S. Department of State and World Savvy.  GCN and community partner, JIREH, in Tarapoto, Peru will collaborate to offer this exciting program to 16 U. S. High School Students and 3 U.S. Educators.

The one-month program offers an exploration of cross-cultural understanding, focused on food security and nutrition in Peru.  Following the program, participants will follow up through social action projects in their home communities.

Visit the World Savvy page (click here) to learn more about participant eligibility and application process.

All applications are due November 16, 2012.

For more information contact Laura Nuñez at 612-436-8274 or


October 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Transformative Experiences: Family Volunteer Trips

A recent article in the New York Times, titled “Volunteer Trips: Is Your Family Ready?” paints a portrait of the value of family volunteer trips that allow both the parents and children to immerse themselves in a culture, while contributing positively to the community.

The family volunteer trips allow for the guest family to spend several days living in a different culture, and participating in community development programs and living in similar conditions as the citizens of that region. In the article, Ms. Everson, a Facebook Executive writes, “the trip was a chance for us, as a family, to play a global role in helping others while also expanding our worldview.” Various other parents share the sentiment after a volunteer trip, and they see the effect of the involvement on the children’s education and perceptions of the world.

The article proceeds to provide answers by experts to essential questions that might be posed by a family seeking to plan a volunteer trip. First, parents always ask, “how do we prepare?” Ellen Sachs Alter, a psychologist, states, “[before going]…discuss the challenges [with your children] and explain that the trip could be heartbreaking at times, scary and even difficult.” In fact, it has been continuously reiterated by families who have volunteered abroad “that nothing can truly prepare someone unaccustomed to poverty for the deprivation common in developing world. Still, there are steps to mitigate the shock,” such as having an honest conversation with your children.

Second, parents’ often ask, “How young is too young?” Kristy Clum states that “she discourages parents from bringing children under 10.” It is often recommended to take kids during their teen years, when they are very self-absorbed. Third, parents’ ask, “What happens if you get sick or hurt?” It is recommended that the family visits their health care provided four to six weeks before the trip and make sure that they have all the required vaccinations or medications.

The article provides other answers to important questions, such as “Should service trips be mixed with pleasure?” and “Does the experience translate back home?” Overall, it confirms that family volunteer trips provide a lasting impact on both the parents and the children.

If you would like to plan a family volunteer trip, contact one of our IVPA members below. As Genevieve Brown, Executive Director of IVPA, pointed out in the NYT article, “[Our nonprofit members] speak the language, know the culture and the political situation,” and thus can provide you with the most immersive and impactful experience.

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Global Citizens Network

Global Service Corps

Globe Aware

Habitat for Humanity

Projects Abroad


Service For Peace

August 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment

Global Citizens Network Expanding Local Cultural Opportunities


Global Citizens Network Expanding Local Cultural Opportunities

New York, NY (August 14, 2012)  – Global Citizens Network (GCN) in collaboration with its partner organization, Intercultural Student Experiences (ISE) is happy to announce the expansion of three new programs in the Twin Cities area (Minneapolis & St Paul, MN).

La Conexión de las Americas (formerly Resource Center for the Americas), due to funding difficulties, has transitioned the following three programs to GCN:  Spanish Language ClassesCoffee Hours and Movie Nights.

Since 1992, Global Citizens Network has been providing international and domestic short-term travel programs that emphasize intercultural understanding and service learning. By expanding these local, cultural programs, GCN offers additional opportunities for individuals to gain intercultural understanding and connections.

GCN plans to hold the fall language classes in the former La Conexión facilities (3019 Minnehaha Ave, Suite 20, Minneapolis, MN 55406) using the same curriculum and corps of teachers.  The Coffee hours and Movie Nights are also scheduled to resume in the fall.

For more information about these programs, please contact Global Citizens Network  To register for Spanish classes, contact

About Global Citizens Network

In partnership with people of diverse cultures, GCN promotes cross-cultural understanding and interconnectedness through authentic immersion experiences. Global Citizens Network seeks to create a network of people committed to: the shared values of peace, justice, respect, cross-cultural understanding and global cooperation; the preservation of indigenous cultures, traditions and ecologies; the enhancement of the quality of life around the world.


August 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

International Volunteering for Teens

Volunteering abroad is a thought provoking, challenging and stimulating experience. For teens, the experience provides a new perspective on life, allowing them to perform activities in a new culture, with meaning and value.

Volunteering abroad can give a teen the opportunity to shadow people in different professions, gain insight to diverse cultures and  have a life-changing experience.

According to Simone A. Bernstein, Co-Founder and President of, students need to volunteer abroad in order to gain skills that will help them succeed in their future. For example, Shannon McNamara, began volunteering at age fifteen in Tanzania, and thus far, has donated 33,000 children’s books to girls in Africa. Her work has impacted more than 8,000 students and teachers in Africa, and has earned her numerous awards and recognitions.

However, before letting your teen volunteer abroad, it’s important for parents to ask certain basic essential questions when they contact the organization directly. These questions include:

  • Who should I email/contact in your organization to obtain more information about the volunteer program?
  • Who licenses your organization?
  • Do you have any counselors at the volunteer site? If so, whom are they licensed by?
  • What will my child be doing in the community? What are the expected tasks that my child will have to perform?
  • Where will my child be volunteering? (ask for specific location and address)
  • Is my child responsible for planning their own meals, travels and any other logistics?
  • I am concerned about my child’s safety. What policies are in place to assure that my child is safe?
  • Where and with whom will my child be residing?

Additionally, not all volunteer abroad programs provide volunteer opportunities for teens who are younger than 18 unless accompanied by a parent. But here are some international community service programs that are members of IVPA that do:

July 13, 2012 at 11:26 am 1 comment

IVPA Welcomes Child Family Health International’s New Executive Director

New York, NY (May 30, 2012) – Child Family Health International (CFHI) has announced Mirriam Rafiq Braden, MPH as the organization’s new Executive Director. Ms. Braden brings a wealth of experience including ten years in project and program management. She most recently was Program Director at the Center for Global Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley, a position she has held since 2008. 

As a member of International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA), CFHI has been active in the international community in promoting quality programing and the need for standards in international volunteering, specifically within
healthcare and medical settings. IVPA welcomes Ms. Braden as the new Executive Director and looks forward to continuing to work with CFHI on important issues around international volunteers and the communities they serve in.

Ms. Braden replaces Steven Schmidbauer as Executive Director. Mr Schmidbauer led CFHI since 2004, helping increase CFHI’s brand identity and program quality and obtaining  special consultative status as an NGO with the United Nations.

About CFHI 
Founded in 1992, CFHI ( is a non-government organization (NGO) operating at the grassroots level to provide transformative global health education experiences and community empowerment in underserved communities around the world. CFHI offers 20+ Global Health Education Programs designed to broaden students’ perspectives about global health – as well as a variety of community health initiatives and projects – in developing countries


June 5, 2012 at 8:37 am 1 comment

Upcoming Information Sessions and Webinars: CFHI

There are some great opportunities to find out more about volunteering internationally. This post highlights one of IVPA’s members upcoming webinars. More info opportunities to come!

Child Family Health International (CFHI)

CFHI Staff will be conducting live CFHI Program Information Webinars on Thursday January 19th at 1pm Pacific/ 4pm Eastern, and Wednesday January 25th at 5pm Pacific/ 8pm Eastern.

All interested in learning more about CFHI Global Health Education Programs are invited to call in and follow along online as staff and CFHI alumni talk and take questions about: 

To Participate:

About CFHI:
Child Family Health International (CFHI) offers socially responsible Global Health Education Programs for health sciences students of all levels. Through CFHI participants go on 4-16 week placements alongside local doctors in underserved communities. Participants rotate through local clinics and hospitals, attend medical lectures, and become immersed in the healthcare system of the community.

January 9, 2012 at 1:09 am Leave a comment

Global Service Corps Launches New Food Security Program in Cambodia


Next month, IVPA member Global Service Corps (GSC) will be launching their new New Cambodian Food Security Program. This program will use the successes and lessons of GSC’s 16 years in East Africa in community development, sustainable agriculture and management and will partner with the Cambodian government.

GSC says “The goal of the project is to stabilize food supply in rural Cambodia through community development, education, and training by establishing an educational and training center where community leaders, schools, local teachers, educators, families, and children can gather to learn about subsistence farming, crop diversification, feasible post-harvest methods, and sustainable agriculture techniques.”

For more information on GSC’s new programs please click here or check out GSC’s Newsletter.

Also, if you are in the San Francisco area please look into the amazing fundraising dinner GSC has organized.


“Change the Course Fundraising Dinner,”

Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (PT)

San Francisco, CA

June 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

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