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


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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.

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.

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

IOWA SISTER STATES – Merida, Yucatan

Address: 200 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

Contact Number: 515-725-3163

Web Address: http://www.iowasisterstates.org/Iowa_Sister_States/Home.html

Program Representative: Carol Grant

There is an internship program currently taking shape between Drake and the Iowa Sister States. Take note: this internship is not yet completely established.

This internship would not be open to applicants everywhere; instead the internship would be arranged by Drake in coordination with the Iowa Sister States office. Interns would work with delegations coming in from Mexico or other groups from the Yucatan province. Some skills pertinent to the internship would include Spanish competency. This is not an internship in which students are encouraged to apply individually.

There will be occasional volunteer opportunities available, but these would also be coordinated through Drake.

Look for more information from the Service-Learning Staff or Career Opportunities staff at Drake about this great opportunity.

****Note: Iowa Sister States also has partnerships with cities in other regions.  Please visit their website for more information.