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: info@globalhealthcorps.org

Website: http://www.globalhealthcorps.org/opportunities.asp

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


Peace Education and Action Center of Eastern Iowa

Organization: The World Food Prize Foundation

Address: 26 East Market Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52245

Contact Phone Number: (319) 354-1925

Contact Person: Lori Nelson                                                                                                         

Contact E-Mail: information@PEACEIowa.net

Website: http://peaceiowa.org/peaceiowa.php

Foundation President: Lori Nelson

Student Opportunities: The Peace Education and Action Center of Eastern Iowa is a community based organization that is run and operated by all volunteers. Lori Nelson communicated that there is always room for more volunteers, as the more people a peace group has, the stronger the message.

Best Time To Be Reached: Because the PEACE: Iowa group is all volunteers, there is a small window of time to contact somebody by telephone. The hours are Wednesdays 12 to 4 PM and Thursdays 1 to 3 PM. Contacting by e-mail is probably the more effective way to make contact with this organization. I made contact with Lori Nelson through e-mail.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: The time commitment for this organization is relatively small. While the group holds events every now and then, some planning is required. I was told that the average organization volunteer puts in about 6 hours a week.

Training Needed: No training needed. The only thing needed is a will to advocate for peace all over the world.

Opportunity Descriptions: This organization holds events that try to advocate peace and  educate people about the necessity for peace. Volunteers take part in these community events by planning and participating in them. The next event is Saturday, April 21st, which is the seminar on Gandhi’s Nonviolence and Satyagraha.

Regions Served: While the organization is located in Iowa and does not leave the state, except for rare occasions, the group tries to advocate for peace all over the world by educating people and raising awareness about current events of violence.

Suggestions for other International Development Opportunities: I was told that in case students from Drake University don’t want to travel to Iowa City, there are sister organizations for peace located in Des Moines, which I have also contacted.

Do You Serve Specific Ethnic Groups or Languages? The organization serves no particular ethnic group or nationality over another. The message being relayed is of nonviolence and conflict resolution anywhere their is violence, regardless of religion, political status or economic status.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? This organization tries to make visible the way of peace, increase awareness of the presence of peace-minded individuals and groups in eastern Iowa, and support their endeavors. I also learned that the organization tries to facilitate community, common purpose, and cooperative action among diverse peace-oriented groups. PEACE: Iowa also draws from the peace traditions of many faiths and from secular movements promoting peace, as well as inspire and educate future generations of peacemakers. The closest that this group gets to the international level is when the organization connects eastern Iowans to people affected by violent conflicts around the world, in order to hear first-hand their experiences, perspectives, and needs.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

Iowa International Center

Contact Person: Ashlee Stoddard

Contact Email: astoddard@iowainternationalcenter.org (can also contact through Facebook)

Address: 319 7th Street, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: 515-282-8269

Fax: 515-282-0454

Website: http://iowainternationalcenter.org/

Student Opportunities: Internships with wide range of learning opportunities. Occasional volunteering with international visitors or cultural awareness events.

Best Time To Be Reached: 8:30am-5pm

Time Commitment For Opportunities: Interns generally work 12-15 hours per week for the Fall or Spring semester or during the summer. Exact hours depend on student availability and schedule.

Training Needed: None. They will provide any training as it becomes needed

Regions Served: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Europe

Do You Serve Specific Ethnic Groups or Languages? No, the focus is worldwide and international

Additional Notes: Interning at this organization provides knowledge about a wide range of tasks, programs, and issues. Call and ask for details as the staff is friendly and happy to help.

Willkie House Inc

Organization: Willkie House Inc.

Contact Info: Meagan Tallman (Program Coordinator)

Address: 900 17th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Contact E-Mail: mmtallman@willkiehouse.org

Website: http://www.willkiehouse.org

Phone Number: 515-243-7817

Student Opportunities: Health Internship, Volunteer Opportunities

Best Time To Be Reached: 11am-2pm

Time Commitment For Opportunities: 3pm – 6pm (Mon-Fri) during the school year
9am – 12 noon (Mon-Fri) during the summer.

Willkie House Inc. is willing to work with student schedules although it would be valuable to have student’s volunteer during the academic portions of the program

Training Needed: No

Opportunity Descriptions: Volunteer opportunities are aimed at promoting development and enrichment opportunities to children and their families through: Chaperoning participant activities; directing individual study sessions; critical review and analysis of program materials; fundraising and mentoring

Regions Served: Africa (mainly), Latin America

Do You Serve Specific Ethnic Groups or Languages? Open to all and not tailored to children (students) of specific ethnic groups. Most children in the program at the moment tend to be of African decent although there are kids of other ethnic backgrounds as well.

Additional Notes: Willkie House Inc. is an affordable non-profit organization that focuses on academics, social skill building, health, and recreation for children. The organization also partners with big corporations and institutions like Principal Financial, Mercy College, Simpson College, Drake University and Grand View University.

The best way to get in touch with Willkie House Inc. is by email and phone since the website has not been updated in awhile.

The organization loves working with college students.

Iowa United Nations Association

Organization: Iowa United Nations Association

Contact Info: Yashar Vasef

Address: 20 East Market Street
Iowa City, IA, 52245

Contact E-Mail: yashar@unaiowa.org

Phone Number: 391-337-7290

Website: http://www.iowauna.org

Student Opportunities: Hunger Internship, Health Internship, Education Internship, International Development Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

Other online points of contact: Facebook, Twitter

Best Time To Be Reached: 9am-5pm

Time Commitment For Opportunities: Interns generally work from a few hours per week to 15 hours per week depending on student availability and schedule

Training Needed: No, students are encouraged to have basic understanding of the United Nations and global issues prior to applying

Regions Served: Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East

Suggestions for other International Development Opportunities: Iowa City Foreign Relations Council
Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities
The University of Iowa center for Human Rights

Do You Serve Specific Ethnic Groups or Languages? No, the focus is worldwide and international

Additional Notes: This organization is seeking passionate students who are interested in getting involved in different humanitarian campaigns.

World Link, Inc.

Organization: World Link, Inc.

Address: 905 M Avenue, Kalona, IA 52247

Contact Phone Number: 877-808-4587

Contact Fax Number: 319-656-4587                                                                                                          

Contact E-Mail: exchange@worldlinkinc.org

Website: http://www.worldlinkinc.org/

President: Curtis Stutzman

Student Opportunities: World Link’s programs are scholarship based cross-cultural exchange programs that involve more than being visitors from another country. As an exchange student with World Link students are exposed to community development projects that the government has failed to address. These community development projects that reach across borders will effect positive change through student involvement. Students will also experience cross-cultural education to improve their international understanding in order to effectively cooperate at the international level, in order to proceed smoothly with development projects.

Best Time To Be Reached: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday by either toll free telephone or local calling. Students may also fax World Link, as well as e-mail.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: Because World Link is an international student exchange program, students should expect to dedicate a semester, or more, of study abroad wherever they may choose to go.

Training Needed: World Link is not an organization that has student volunteers or interns. Rather selection for World Link’s exchange program is competitive and completely merit-based.

Opportunity Descriptions: International opportunity and experience are provided to the exchange student through international study, community development programs, cross-cultural education as well as a comprehensive tolerance of diversity program. In turn, these all facilitate a students ability to oversee international development programs.

Regions Served: World Link international student exchange program sends students to Eurasia, Afghanistan, Balkans, Serbia & Montenegro and the Republic of Georgia.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? World Link is a unique exchange organization that conducts only publically sponsored exchange programs that serve a citizen diplomacy mission.World Link’s primary objective is to introduce exchange students to the world and facilitate learning and international understanding. By making a student a “citizen of the world,” students will be prepared for international development projects and can be an “agent of change.”

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker

US CENTER FOR DIPLOMACY

Organization Name: US Center for Citizen Diplomacy
Address: 525 SW 5th St., Suite A
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Website: http://uscenterforcitizendiplomacy.org/
Contact Name: Diane Rasmussen
Email Address: drasmussen@uscenterforcitizendiplomacy.org
Contact Number:  Cell 515-577-2404
Best time to be reached: 9am-5pm (Mon-Thurs)
Online: Facebook, Twitter, Student Blogs

Opportunities: Other Internships

Opportunity Descriptions: The organization is not an issue-specific one so internships are not focused on one global issue but rather on working with and supporting markets as well as advocating and educating on the value of participating in international activities.
Time Commitment for Opportunities: At least twice a week (mainly depends on a student’s schedule)
Training Needed: No

What Training: Organization provides all the training needed
Additional Notes: This organization is notexactly an international development organization but a professional association of organizations that are non-profit and international throughout the US.