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                                                                                                          

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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


Lutheran Services Refugee Program

Lutheran Services Refugee Program

3200 University Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Contact: Nick Wuertz
Phone: 515-271-7443

LSI is an organization that continues to provide extended support services available to the Des Moines refugee community. Through English as a Second Language classes, intensive work readiness classes, elderly services, community gardening and capacity building initiatives with local service providers and community representatives, they have been able to integrate refugees to adjust to American society.  Majority of the refugees LSI works with are from Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Sudan, Burundi, Libya, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Bosnia and Vietnam.

LSI Refugee Program offers internships and volunteer opportunities in their ESL classes, intensive work readiness classes, and even childcare. They typically look for people willing to work 10-15 hours a week for an internship and prefer a basic knowledge in excel document. The hours are typically during the afternoons from 8am-2pm. There are also other opportunities to help volunteer with citizenship classes on Saturdays, depending on the scheduling.

Contact Nick Wuertz if interested, especially for internship opportunities.

Las Americas de Comunidad de Fe

Las Americas de Comunidad de Fe
Trinity United Methodist Church

P. O. Box 41006 (1548 8th St) Des Moines, IA 50311

Contact: Wendy Vazquez
Phone: 515-771-8656
Best time to call: mornings/afternoons

Las Americas is part of a church organization aimed at helping the Spanish-speaking community. There are a lot of volunteering opportunities that Trinity United has implemented in the organization. A lot of these services include ESL classes, citizenship classes, vegetable distribution, and legal classes. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8pm during the school year starting in September, there are English classes for Spanish speakers. There are various different level classes that would love more English teaching assistance in the classroom. Proficiency is necessary but volunteers do not need any specific ESL background to provide service. Curriculum is provided as well. There is also a childcare program provided if volunteers are interested in working with children on Thursdays during the English classes. The citizenship classes are generally on Wednesdays from 6-8pm.

In addition, the church sets up various Latin American festivities and they often do spring break mission trips to Latin America regions. Spring of 2012 the church went to El Salvador for humanitarian work.

Contact Wendy with the information provided above if interested.