Service Opportunities & Resources

This page will present you with an extensive list of opportunities for creating meaning through service.
Here you’ll find links to organizations, volunteer pathways, meaningful work, etc.
It will start with a descriptive list, and under that will be a quick ‘short-list’ of links as well.

Travel

WorkawayVolunteer and work exchange, integrate in local cultures around the world through Workaway.

Studies Abroad ISA Service-Learning merges the concept of civic responsibility and community-based learning by connecting students and recent graduates with service opportunities abroad.

One World 365  – One World 365 is a directory of meaningful travel experiences, holidays, tours, gap years, volunteer programs, jobs, internships, TEFL, courses & study abroad programs.

Peace Corps The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

Go OverseasUse Go Overseas to discover meaningful experiences abroad. Find program reviews, connect with our community, read articles and apply for scholarships.

BunacBUNAC are volunteer abroad & working abroad experts & have been offering working adventures worldwide to USA customers for over 50 yrs.

Where There Be DragonsDragons offers authentic cultural immersion programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

DiverboDiverbo have created a great formula of mixing English learning for the Spanish students with a host of fun group activities for both students and volunteers.

Go AbroadSearch for meaningful travel programs around the world, get expert advice, read real reviews, find scholarships, and discover the world.

Transitions AbroadTransitionsAbroad.com is the travel guide for paid work, volunteering, interning, study, language learning and living abroad.

Environmental

Greenpeace – Greenpeace uses non-violent creative action to pave the way towards a greener, more peaceful world, and to confront the systems that threaten our environment.

Extinction Rebellion – Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimize the risk of social collapse.

350.org – We’re an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.

SumOfUs.org – SumOfUs is a community of people from around the world committed to curbing the growing power of corporations. We want to buy from, work for and invest in companies that respect the environment, treat their workers well and respect democracy. And we’re not afraid to hold them to account when they don’t.

Avaaz.org – Avaaz is a global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere.

World Wide Fund for Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund) – One of the largest and most effective organizations for the environment.

Highlight: WWOOF’ing

Willing Workers On Organic Farms lets youTravel and work on farms in exchange for your stay around the world.  Learn how to plant crops, tend goats, support CSAs, pull weeds, build sheds, anything or everything involved with farm life.

Environmental, Outdoors, & Guiding

Association for Experiential Education – Offers a variety of services to help expand and enrich the experiential education community, including regional and annual conferences, defining professional standards, providing accreditation to organizations, and presenting the latest news and research through AEE E-news and the Journal of Experiential Education.

The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council – Outdoor behavioral healthcare is the prescriptive use of wilderness experiences by licensed mental health professionals to meet the therapeutic needs of clients.

Independent Educational Consultant Association – The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) is a not-for-profit, international professional association representing experienced independent educational consultants.

Leave No Trace Center for Backcountry Ethics – Click on ‘Get Involved’ and you can find local efforts to minimize pollution and pick up litter.

Naropa Wilderness Therapy Program – Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, offers a masters program for wilderness therapy.

Highlight: NOLS
Widely regarded as the leader in wilderness education, the National Outdoor Leadership School offers many programs and jobs that are focused on service to others and the natural world.

Big City MountaineersBig City Mountaineers provides under-resourced youth with opportunities to have transformative experiences in the outdoors.

Headwaters Outdoor SchoolHeadwaters Outdoor School in Northern California teaches primitive skills Earth People have used throughout time to survive in kinship with the Earth. Skills include Wilderness Survival, Tracking, Edible and Medicinal Plants, Nature Awareness, Earth Philosophy and many others.

Wild Child Free SchoolWCFS is an outdoor adventure program for ages 5-12 in Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz.

Avid4 AdventureAvid4 Adventure offers summer camps in Colorado & California that reconnect kids with the natural world. Providing outdoor adventure day & overnight camps.

Esalen Work StudyEsalen is a leading center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research. We work toward the realization of a more just, creative, and sustainable world, seeking answers to questions unlikely to be explored by traditional universities and religions. We sponsor pioneering initiatives and offer personal, spiritual, and social transformation programs for residents, interns, and workshop participants.

SynergiaSynergia offers experiential education programs to people of all ages and backgrounds. Serving youth and families, school classes through the university level, and professional staff teams, Synergia Learning Ventures is a Northern California based 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

Woolman SemesterThe Woolman Semester was a semester school focused on the intersections of peace, social justice, and sustainability.

ESL AbroadA resource for finding TEFL opportunities abroad.

Eagle Rock SchoolLocated in Estes Park, Colorado, with an enrollment of 72 students, Eagle Rock School implements effective and engaging practices that foster each student’s unique potential and helps them use their minds well.

Association for Environmental & Outdoor EducationAEOE stands for the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, the first association of environmental educators in this nation. We are a statewide organization that has been created by and for the outdoor and environmental educators of our state. Working as the state affiliate for the North American Association of Environmental Educators (or NAAEE), our mission is to advance the impact of environmental and outdoor education in California.

Wolf School Founded in 1999 to provide a unique educational environment for children who are complex learners with multiple learning differences.

Sierra Nevada JourneysSierra Nevada Journeys delivers innovative outdoor, science-based education programs for youth to develop critical thinking skills and to inspire natural resource stewardship.

Outdoor AfroOutdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature.

Mount Hermon Outdoor Science Mount Hermon Outdoor Science School, located at Ponderosa Lodge, is an exciting, academic, and experiential program offering many types of adventures for students and adults.

Adventure OutAdventure Out provides programs of the highest quality and safety standards that get people outdoors, physically active, and adventuring in nature.

Thousand Pines Outdoor Ed Thousand Pines Outdoor Science School is located in the mountain community of Crestline, in the San Bernardino Mountains. Thousand Pines offers your students an outdoor classroom — promoting an understanding of the natural world through hands-on experiences.

International Aid, Rescue & Relief Services

American Red CrossRed Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.

International Rescue CommitteeIRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises in a great variety of roles.

Catholic Relief Service – CRS works with organizations around the world to help poor and vulnerable people overcome emergencies, earn a living through agriculture and access affordable health care.

World Wildlife FundWWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

Nature Conservancy –  The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Mountain Rescue AssociationMRA is an organization of teams dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education.

Non-Profit Work

SERVEnet – Find Volunteer Opportunities in Your Community

Foundation List – Foundation List is a job board specifically designed for listing opportunities within the nonprofit employment sector! It’s mission is to connect foundations, organizations, associations, and educational institutions to passionate mission-minded job seekers.

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) activates emerging leaders by connecting them with resources, people, and ideas.

Nonprofit Career Center – Nonprofit Career Network has been created to fill the needs of the nonprofit sector.

Idealist – Idealist is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration.

Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youthan advocacy group for people enrolled in residential treatment programs for at-risk teenagers.

Chronicle of Philanthropy – The Chronicle of Philanthropy is an independent news organization that has been serving leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise for more than 25 years.

Foundation Center – Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center’s website each day and are

Non-Profit Jobs – Connected to ExecSearches.com, offers a listing of national openings in the nonprofit sector.

Sustainable Business – A world where human activities live in harmony with the earth’s carrying capacity.

Work for Good – Work for Good’s mission is to help purpose-driven organizations and talented professionals connect, so together you can do the best work possible.

The Bridgespan Group – The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. We collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning.

Non-profit Jobs – An on-line gathering place where not-for-profit employers and management personnel can meet one another.

Nonprofit Job Scoop – The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) introduced Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative specifically to help people like you connect to these opportunities.

Nonprofit Oyster – A mission-focused nonprofit career site and comprehensive source for posting and finding nonprofit jobs

Social Search – Job site for social work, counseling, psychology, mental health, case management, EAP, volunteer management, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, community development, youth development, child welfare, developmental disabilities and all other areas of social services.

The Social Work Career Center – The Social Work Career Center is a career website where social workers can search national job listings and find professional development and career resources that span across the duration of a social worker’s professional career. The Career Center is also a resource to social worker employers.

Highlight: FoodCorps
FoodCorps is creating a future in which every school is a healthy school, and every child is well-nourished and ready to learn.

The National Council of Nonprofits – The National Council of Nonprofits is a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Through our powerful network of State Associations and 25,000-plus members – the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – we serve as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. We identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

New York Nonprofit Media – New York Nonprofit Media is the must-read news source for New York’s nonprofits. The publication has served the industry for 12 years as New York Nonprofit Press.

Non-Profit Job Seeker – The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management.

The Green Job Bank – The US #1 site for green jobs and green employers. The Green Job Bank’s search engine crawls the web daily to provide the most current listings available from thousands of websites.

HERC – HERC is the only non-profit organization devoted to connecting exceptional professionals with careers at higher education and affiliated employers that have a shared mission to promote equity and inclusion, support dual-career couples and create a future shaped by diversity of thought and perspectives.

Devex – A social enterprise, they connect and inform 700,000+ global development professionals through news, business intelligence, and funding & career opportunities.

Non-Profit Jobs Council on Foundations – A nonprofit membership association of grant=making foundations and corporations, with a mission is to promote responsible and effective philanthropy.

National Job Boards

Meditations

Videos About Being in Service

Happiness is helping others
An inspirational commercial from Thailand.

Help Yourself by Helping Others
An inspirational speech with Simon Sinek

The Importance of Kindness
An animated commencement speech about kindness.

The Coat
A story of Charity

It’s Not Too Late to Make a Difference
A powerful TEDx talk on the how’s and why’s of service.

The Giving Tree
A classic tale of service, circa 1973

Quotes

Kahil Gibran: On Service
You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.
For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.
When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.
Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.
But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,
And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,
And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.
But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.
You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.
And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,
And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,
And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,
And all work is empty save when there is love;
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.
And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,
And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.
Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, “he who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil.
And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet.”
But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;
And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.
Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”~ Gandhi

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

“Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.” ~ Dan Dennett

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.”  {let your service come from your heart} ~ Ayn Rand