Iowa Peace Network

Organization: Iowa Peace Network

Office Address: 4100 6th Ave. Des Moines, IA 50312

Mailing Address: 4211 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Contact: Jessica Ireland

Contact Phone Number: 515-255-7114                                                                                                       

Contact E-Mail: iowapeacenetwork@gmail.com

Website: http://www.iowapeacenetwork.org/index.htm

Student Opportunities: After contacting the Iowa Peace Network, speaking with the contact person and researching the organization, I found that student volunteer opportunities were not going to pan out like I had anticipated. However there are still ways to get involved. The contact stated that volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated. There are weekly gatherings at different Des Moines locations to advocate for international peace. However, the primary objective is to raise money that can be contributed to larger NGO’s and peace advocacy groups, such as the International Peace Institute, Human Rights Watch and The Global Justice Center.

Best Time To Be Reached: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday by telephone. Contact via e-mail can also be made.

Training Needed: No specific training is required for volunteers, just an interest in non-profit humanitarian assistance, conflict resolution, and global  human rights advocacy.

Regions Served: Issues that headline the Iowa Peace Network campaign include violence in Palestine, gender equality and women’s rights, particularly in Africa, and the disarmament of nuclear capabilities in Iran and North Korea. Iowa Peace Network is concerned with advocating peace, regardless which region of the world.

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: 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

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.

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

The World Food Prize

Organization: The World Food Prize Foundation

Address: 1700 Ruan Center
666 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309 USA

Contact Phone Number: (515) 245-3783    

Contact Fax Number: (515) 245-3785                                                                                                          

Contact E-Mail: wfp@worldfoodprize.org

Website: http://www.worldfoodprize.org/

Foundation President: Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

Student Opportunities: The World Food Prize Foundation offers both volunteer and internship opportunities.The most urgent need for volunteers centers around the World Food Prize annual events week, which occurs each October on or around UN World Food Day (October 16).  At that time, volunteers play a key role in ensuring that the Borlaug Dialogue  symposium, the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony, the Iowa Hunger Summit, and all other elements of the Harvest Festival run smoothly and successfully.In addition to the annual events week, the World Food Prize greatly appreciates the generous support of volunteers year-round. Volunteer opportunities available located at the office. The World Food Prize also offers the George Washington Carver Internship, which is an unparalleled professional opportunity for students interested in global issues of hunger, poverty and development. Interns work with Ambassador Quinn and gain valuable experience and increase their understanding of the international fight against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

Other online points of contact: YouTube, Twitter, Facebook

Best Time To Be Reached: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday by telephone. Contact via e-mail can also be made. The office contact specified that inquiring e-mails will be responded to within 2-3 business days, unless it is around October 16th, the UN World Food Day when workload increases.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: While there are volunteer opportunities available in the downtown Des Moines’ Ruan Center office year round, the number of hours available to volunteer increase exponentially in the fall, around the UN Food Day, the Borlaug Dialogue symposium, the World Food Prize Laureate Award’s, the Iowa Hunger Summit and the Harvest Festival.

Training Needed: No specific training is required for volunteers, just an interest in non-profit humanitarian assistance. Internships are selective and require a strong foundational knowledge and understanding  of the international fight against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

Opportunity Descriptions: Desire for volunteers increases exponentially in the fall in assuring that the UN Food Day, the Borlaug Dialogue symposium, the World Food Prize Laureate Award’s, the Iowa Hunger Summit and the Harvest Festival run smoothly. Interns are regarded as full-time staff when working, and are important in the execution of tasks vital to achieving The World Food Prize Foundation’s mission statement, in ending world hunger.

Regions Served: The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing — without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs — the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Therefore the World Food Prize serves regions pained by malnutrition, undernourishment and scarcity of food, all over the world.

Suggestions for other International Development/Hunger Alleviation Opportunities: The World Food Prize encourages involvement with many of its sponsors, such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Mathile Institute for the Advancement of Human Nutrition, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health and the Alliance to End Hunger. These organizations operate nationally and outside of Iowa.

Do You Serve Specific Ethnic Groups or Languages? The World Food Prize is not committed to serving a specific ethnic, religious or political group. The World Food Prize is committed to serve people enduring the effects of hunger, food-shortages and malnutrition all over the world.Laureates have been recognized from countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Cuba, Denmark, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? The World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. The World Food Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply — food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences as well as serves as a method of calling the world’s attention to the necessity to improve global food security.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker