The Borgen Project Iowa

Organization:   The Borgen Project Iowa

Offices are not yet established in Iowa (to be established soon).  The Iowa regional directors, recruiters, and other volunteers that call congressional leaders can all work over the phone.  Internships are also available in headquarters in Seattle, Washington.

Contact:  Cody Zoss


Phone:  (515) 783-5984

Best time to contact: 8am-4pm


Student Opportunities:

The Borgen Project Iowa is a statewide campaign which builds the political will for legislation such as The Water for the World Act that benefits the world’s poorest.

Students and recent graduates can become involved as a regional director, a recruiter, or volunteer to call congressional leaders.  Regional directors work to mobilize a group responsible for writing and calling congressional leaders on a weekly basis.  Regional directors can also meet with senators and congressmen to find innovative ways to support key lesislation.

Time Committment:  Regional directors’ hours range from 2-20 hours per week.  Recruiters and call volunteers have the flexibility to create their own schedule.

Training:  Training just involves a typical two week period of familiarizing volunteers with the project’s initiatives.

Submitted by:  Ashley Crow



Organization: Rise-Africa

Address: 2520 GLASGOW RD, Fairfield, IA

Contact E-Mail:


Organization President: Marie Lehrer

Student Opportunities: Rise-Africa is an African development organization that has many grassroots programs in Africa, specifically Tanzania. Rise-Africa is constantly in search of volunteers to help at the office and with fundraising.

Other online points of contact: Facebook

Best Time To Be Reached: Anytime, because the only form of contact information provided is an e-mail address.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: As much or as little as the student desires.

Training Needed: No specific training is required for volunteers. A strong interest in international development is helpful

Regions Served:Rise-Africa has many projects throughout Tanzania, such as sustainable agriculture , infrastructure development by building schools and orphanages, introduction of machine-based grain milling, consciousness-based education, public health programs and micro-loan programs, for families to buy sheep.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? is a registered 501 C3 non-profit organization with the purpose of improving lives through education, sustainable agriculture and micro-loans. Rise Africa is currently working in the Arusha region of Tanzania. It was founded in 2007 by Marie Lehrer.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking

Organization: Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking

Address: 843 Thirteenth Ave North,  Clinton, IA 52732

Contact Phone Number: 563-242-7611

Contact Fax Number: 563-243-0007                                                                                                        

Contact E-Mail:


Organization President: Janice Cebula

Student Opportunities: After contacting this organization, I learned many things that I did not discover through my research. This is an all female advocacy organization sponsored by the sisters of St. Francis Church.While the Sisters have made lifelong commitments to the church, they do not discourage anyone, particularly students, from joining them in their efforts of advocacy for international peace, justice, environmental sustainability, humanitarian assistance, nuclear disarmament, global health, poverty, immigration and human trafficking. The sisters sponsor events to raise awareness and enlighten people to the issues faced at an international level that foster violence, war and destabilized regions of the world.  The events are also held to raise money in order to donate to large international NGO’s that work to support their beliefs, such as The Polaris Project (an anti-human trafficking organization), and the WHO, as well as UNICEF.

Best Time To Be Reached: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday by telephone, although it took multiple efforts to reach someone. Or contact the Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking via e-mail. The organization responded to my e-mail the following day.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: The contact person at the Center  for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking communicated that participation is entirely optional and the number of volunteer hours is at ones discretion. Events are not held all that often, as there is about one per month, so this is a viable option for students with only a small amount of time to spare.

Training Needed: No training needed for volunteering. The Center  for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking simply wants individuals passionate about the international issues that the organization is centered around.

Regions Served: The Center  for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking does not directly serve any regions outside of Iowa, but raise money to donate to NGO’s present in every region of the world.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? I found that the Sisters of St Francis have a constitution which states that “As women of faith, in union with Christ, we, the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa, embrace this responsibility to be revealers of God’s presence by our lives, and to be co-creators of a world of love, justice, and peace.”

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

Global Health Corps

Organization: Global Health Corps

Address: 220 Wellness and Recreation Center Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Contact Phone Number: No number listed, but reached through University of Northern Iowa                                                                                                     

Contact E-Mail:


Student Opportunities: The Global Health Corps is a student led organization at the University of Northern Iowa, that focuses on issues of public health in developing areas around the world. I was told that if Drake University students wanted to participate and volunteer for the Global Health Corps, that they would be able to. The Global Health Corps publishes a semi-annual health newsletter with student written articles on infectious disease and other endemics in developing areas. Students are also able to volunteer to assist physicians if they would like to.

Best Time To Be Reached: No telephone number was listed for this student organization. E-mail is the only way to communicate. I received a timely response, so if students are interested, and not discouraged by driving to Cedar Falls, they should contact the Global Health Corps.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: Volunteering is not compulsory. A student can put in as much time, or as little time as they would like.

Training Needed: THe Global Health Corps requires that students have some training and have a background in either biology or pre-med or pharmacy. There are four levels within the Global Health Corps, which require:

Level 1: 18-hour Certificate
12-hour Academic Course            Concentration Area
Level 2: Short Term Mission Practicum
Level 3: Short-Term International and Domestic Missions
Level 4: Long-Term International and Domestic Internships

Regions Served: The Global Health Corps has sent students to nations such as Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, Estonia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Israel, Mexico, Romania and St Lucia.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? The University of Northern Iowa established the Global Health Corps in 1996 as a field-based training program to enhance the professional preparation of post-secondary students in the area of cross-cultural community health.As globalization, economic disparity, devolution and migration become more common in the 21st century, community health and related students must be better prepared to address a wider variety of disease patterns within increasingly diverse and underserved populations internationally and domestically.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

Iowa Department of Public Health: Multicultural Health


Multicultural Internship Application:


321 E. 12th Street Des Moines, IA 50319

Contact: Janice Edmunds-Wells, Executive Officer 2


Phone: 515-281-4904

Opportunities: Volunteer opportunities, Health Internships


Participate in meetings of the Multicultural Health Advisory Council.

Assist in the development of resource documents related to health issues and concerns of the diverse minority, immigrant, and refugee populations within the state of Iowa.

Provide logistical information and resources related to meetings, assist with agenda preparation, notices, resource documents, and minutes for assigned multicultural health work groups.

Provide data research and analysis related to prevalent health-related issues.

Assist with activities, programs, and duties associated with reporting related to statewide multicultural health concerns.

Attend various community and agency meetings both locally and statewide. Statewide meetings will be accompanied by the department’s multicultural health executive officer and intern. Intern may be required to represent program staff at local meetings.

Final project of the intern choosing. Develop, implement, and complete a final project which will address as issue related to current minority, immigrant, or refugee health in the state of Iowa.

All related duties as assigned.

An intern student will gain valuable in the field experience in observing and working on projects which are collaborative endeavors between private and public entities related to prevalent health issues.

Provide needed research in the area of health-related issues which are specific to the state of Iowa.

Provide needed data collection in areas of minority, immigrant, and refugee health which are specific to the state of Iowa.

Allow the intern to network with professionals within the diverse arena of public health and gain additional expertise, knowledge, and skills related to eventual educational goals.

Provide an opportunity to coordinate with state institutions of higher education and the Multicultural Health Program of the Iowa Department of Public Health to develop projects which will expedite the knowledge base and progress of enhanced understanding of prevalent health-related issues and concerns.

Training: None

Time Commitment: Seasonal and renewed

Heartland Global Health Consortium


Great Information site for students looking to get involved with Global health issues and programs

Contact: multiple contacts at each Iowa colleges that are members

Opportunities: Volunteer opportunities, travel abroad

Group of Iowa colleges and universities that have come together around a common interest of international health.  Members include Central College, Des Moines University, Drake University, Iowa State University, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Simpson College, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa.

The consortium was established in 2007 with the underlying assumption that global learning experiences for students and faculty benefit Iowa and our country in the areas of economics, civic engagement and improvement of health outcomes.  Members of the consortium agree that to accomplish this in the most efficient manner requires collaboration and sharing of resources.  To accomplish these goals, the consortium focuses on partnerships with other countries, collaborative research, and educational programming.



The consortium was developed to foster collaboration among Iowa Colleges and Universities who offer international health learning experiences for their students. The intent of this collaboration is to explore opportunities for sharing information and resources in order to expand educational, research and service opportunities for students and faculty.


The mission of the consortium is to establish and expand multidisciplinary educational, research, and service opportunities to inspire and equip students to become leaders in global public health.


  • Central College
  • Des Moines University
  • Drake University
  • Iowa State University
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • Simpson College
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Northern Iowa

Structure of the Consortium

The Consortium has five subcommittees:

  • Education
    Explore feasibility of joint educational programs.
  • Funding and development
    Seek funding sources for the work of the consortium.
  • Service
    Locate, develop, and coordinate joint global health service opportunities for students, faculty and alumni.
  • Research
    Perform research to assess impact of global health experiences both on student learning and the health of populations served by students.
  • Annual Conferences/Workshops
    Explore and coordinate joint conferences and workshops to raise awareness of global health issues.

Jewish Community Relations Commission


Address: 33158 Ute Avenue Waukee IA 50263-7538 US

Contact: Mark Finkelstein

Phone: 515-987-0899


Volunteer Opportunities, Travel Abroad


Travel abroad to Israel and help on development projects through Partnership2gether.

Jewish Family Services- provide help to families in need also help support immigrant families in need

Working with senior citizens

Advocates for causes on behalf of the Jewish community alone and in coalitions

Assures the security of the Jewish community through working with law enforcement

Promotes relations with government officials, civic, religious, and ethnic leaders, the education community, the media, labor and business, and the general public

Maintains relations with national Jewish organizations and Jewish communities statewide

Networks and informs the Jewish community by means of electronic mail, the Jewish Press, and relevant programming

Supports the goals and values of the Jewish Federation

Areas of Involvement include:

Combating anti-Semitism

Holocaust Education

Pro-Israel Advocacy

Promoting the continued Separation between Religion and State

Intergroup Relations

Promoting Civil and Human Rights and Civic involvement

Training: None

Time Commitment: Some if traveling abroad with group