Getting Involved

Having studied abroad, we hope you are interested in finding ways to make a positive change and contribute to the world around you. Below are some resources on civic engagement to help get your started.

Connecting Our World is a community of individuals taking action to support public policies that strengthen and expand international education. They believe that international education and exchange – connecting students, scholars, educators, and citizens across borders – is fundamental to building mutual understanding among nations; preparing the next generation with vital cross-cultural and global skills; and creating the conditions for a more peaceful world. Their site features easy ways to make a positive impact.

DoSomething is one of the largest global organizations for young people and social change, their 5.3 million members in 130 countries tackle volunteer campaigns that impact every cause. Poverty. Discrimination. The environment. And everything else. Their promise: Any cause, anytime, anywhere.

Change.org is an open platform website with room for a wide range of perspectives so people everywhere can take action on the issues they care about. People and organizations around the world use Change.org to start campaigns, mobilize supporters, and work with decision makers to drive solutions.

NAFSA Advocacy Day is an annual two-day experience in Washington, D.C. giving participants the opportunity to lobby your members of Congress on the importance of international education and creating a more welcoming and globally-engaged United States. The event comprises an integrated set of advocacy training and practice activities, anchored by visits to each member’s congressional delegation on Capitol Hill to advocate for international education and exchange.

Volunteer Match is a directory that matches volunteers with a cause they care about that needs you. They have 100,000+ nonprofits around the world who need your help.

The Youth Activist’s Toolkit is a guide that provides a clear understanding of how you can rally around the causes that are important to you.

United for Human Rights (UHR) is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at local, regional, national and international levels. Its membership is comprised of individuals, educators and groups throughout the world who are actively forwarding the knowledge and protection of human rights by and for all mankind.

A Kid’s Guide to Hunger & Homelessness Guide on how to take action to help end hunger and homelessness (grades 6 and up).

The Activist’s Guide to Fostering LGBTQ Pride in Your Community

How to Volunteer for Veterans Events in the community to help those who have served their country.

How to Volunteer Abroad as a Couple Three tips for the ultimate relationship test.

Ideas for Educating the Community About Cyberbullying Ten ideas to shed light and work on solving the problem of bullying online.

Legal Guide for Activists The Animal Legal Defense Fund provides an overview of policies to be aware of related to various types of activism.

ArtPlace America focuses its work on creative placemaking, which describes projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic.

Code for America are a network of people making government work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. How do we get there? Government services that are simple, effective, and easy to use, working at scale to build healthy, prosperous, and safe communities.

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