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: sisters@clintonfranciscans.com

Website: http://www.clintonfranciscans.com/our-mission-center-for-active-nonviolence-and-peacemaking.html

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

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.

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

Diversity Focus

Organization: Diversity Focus

Address: 222 2nd Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Website: http://www.diversityfocus.org

Contact info~

Contact name : Anthony Brown

Contact number : 319-363-3707 extension 204

Best time to be reached : 9-4

Contact email : anthony.brown@diversityfocus.org

Online networks such as Facebook or Twitter: Yes, Facebook- Twitter- LinkedIn

Opportunities with Diversity Focus: Volunteering and internships

Opportunity description: There are lots of organizing opportunities; Internships are usually customized to the intern

Time commitment for opportunities: Depends on the event and the times you can work with

Training needed: No

If yes for training, what kind and how much:

Regions served: Latin America, Africa, Asia and Iowa

Does Diversity Focus specifically serve any certain ethnic groups or languages:  No

Suggestions for other international programs: N/A

Other notes: Interested in stimulation grass root efforts for local economies