Being a Global Citizen

A World of Opportunities Beyond Santa Clara

There is a world of need out there, as they say, and many students who have had their eyes opened through study abroad wish to return overseas to either offer their services as a volunteer or to teach English (or other subjects) to students of all ages. Here is a list of some resources you might consider in your search. Santa Clara University does NOT necessarily endorse any of these services. It is provided here (in no particular order of importance) only as a resource for you.

  • Transitions Abroad

    Massive database and resource of information about working abroad, overseas travel, and international living. Print version of the magazine is also available for subscription (sample copies in International Programs Office at SCU).

  • CIEE Teach Abroad

    CIEE offers paid teaching positions in six countries (Chile, China, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, and Thailand) for university graduates looking to teach English abroad and immerse themselves in a foreign community.

  • Culture Assistants in Spain

    The program is an academic "continuing education" grant provided by the Ministry of Education of Spain for Americans to each English at K-12 public schools in Spain.

  • Fabretto Children's Center, Nicaragua

    Fabretto offers hope and opportunity for low income Nicaraguan children, enabling them to get the education they need to become responsible productive adults. Fabretto operates these programs in partnership with its implementation partners, La Famila Padre Fabretto and the American Nicaraguan Foundation. Over 3,000 boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 22 participate in Fabretto programs at five children’s centers, an auto mechanics shop, a farm, and a forestry project with a carpentry shop.

  • JET Programme

    A program of the Japanese government to promote language education and regional internationalization by inviting foreign individuals to work in local government organizations throughout Japan.

  • Language Corps

    Information about teaching English abroad. LanguageCorps helps you create a personal adventure in teaching English abroad.

  • WorldTeach

    WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University which provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries.

  • Alliances Abroad

    Organized work & internship programs ("escapes"), travel and volunteer opportunities worldwide.

  • Cross Cultural Solutions

    A not-for-profit international volunteer organization that operates volunteer programs in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Russia, Tanzania, and Thailand.

  • Engineers Without Borders

    The mission of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA) is to partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineering students.

  • Global Exchange - Reality Tours

    Global Exchange is a nonprofit international human rights organization working to promote political, economic, environmental, and social justice.  Reality Tours ( are offered by Global Exchange as an accredited educational travel programs.  These short, socially responsible tours give students the opportunity to experience many issues firsthand and gain a different perspective on how the US relates to the world.

  • Jesuit Volunteers (JVC/JVI)

    Domestic and international placements for one to two years. Jesuit Volunteers serve the homeless, the unemployed, refugees, people with AIDS, the elderly, street youth, abused women and children, the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled. JVC has become the largest Catholic lay volunteer program in the country. JVC is more than just a job. Social justice, simple life-style, community and spirituality: these values provide the cornerstone for living out a commitment to faith and justice.

  • Oxfam International Open Positions

    Oxfam America is a Boston-based international development and relief agency and an affiliate of Oxfam International. Working with local partners, Oxfam delivers development programs and emergency relief services, and campaigns for change in global practices and policies that keep people in poverty.

  • Peace Corps

    An agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. which challenges individuals to work in developing countries on issues ranging from AIDS education, information technology, and environmental preservation.

  • Unite for Sight

    Unite For Sight has volunteer opportunities available in Ghana, Sierra
    Leone, Benin, Togo, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, The Gambia, India,
    China, Thailand, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Honduras. No previous medical experience is required. The Unite For Sight volunteer teams prescribe eyeglasses to children and adults, implement eye health education programs, screen for eye disease, and coordinate diagnosis, treatment, and surgery for patients in local eye clinics. HIV/AIDS educators, literacy volunteers, dentists, and microenterprise volunteers are also being sought to participate at Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana.

  • Volunteers for Peace

    International Workcamps: "Over 2400 affordable ($200-$400) international voluntary service programs in 90+ countries"

  • Working Boys' Center, Quito, Ecuador

    The Working Boys' Center- A Family of Families (WBC-FOF) is a social work of the Jesuits and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This "unique" family development movement focuses all its attention on working children and their families. The Center has many programs to achieve its goals of helping the poor become agents of their own prosperity and the prosperity of others.


    AIESEC is the international platform for young people to discover and develop their potential so as to have a positive impact on society. In addition to providing over 5,000 leadership positions and delivering over 350 conferences, AIESEC also runs an exchange program that enables over 3,500 students and recent graduates the opportunity to live and work in another country.

  • World Vision Volunteer/Intern Program

    Help make a difference in the lives of children and families around the world. As a volunteer or intern with World Vision, you will help feed the hungry and provide international aid to children and families in poverty.

Yuliana Mendozaimage

Diversity Perspective

Yuliana Mendoza

"'Exchange is not a year of your life, it is a life in a year.' During my four months abroad, I had countless unique, challenging, mind blowing, life changing, and unforgettable experiences. I had no idea the impact studying abroad would have on my life. As cliche as it sounds, I will cherish my study abroad experience forever because it was truly life changing and the opportunity of a lifetime that helped shape who I am today."

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Diversity Perspective

Olivia Chambliss

"I discovered my niche in tutoring ESL students after my morning classes. This was a fun as well as useful way to engage with the local community. I was able to use my skills to help local students practice their English while simultaneously practicing my Spanish. It turned out to be a great way to meet locals. I would say that the best way to make friends and engage with the community is to participate in school activities or look for volunteering opportunities."

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Diversity Perspective

Monet Gonnerman

"El Salvador taught me many things about myself and the world. I saw just how much I thrive off of getting to know people and hearing their stories. I learned about unconditional love, hospitality, and vulnerability. I made amazing friends, who I returned to visit during Thanksgiving break the following year. I came to further understand how the United States has affected other countries and how connected we are to the rest of humanity."