Volunteer Abroad

Civic Engagement Center
Markim Hall, Third Floor
651-696-6030 (fax)

Academic-Year Hours
Monday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-noon

The Civic Engagement Center has compiled the following list to assist you in your search for a service opportunity. We neither advocate or endorse these organizations or programs. Please use caution and discretion when seeking opportunities.

Global Citizens Network
In partnership with people of diverse cultures, Global Citizens Network promotes cross-cultural understanding and interconnectedness through authentic immersion experiences.  A trip with GCN GCNgives you the opportunity to experience life in a rural community, develop your cross-cultural and communication skills, and collaborate on a project that supports community development goals. In partnership with over 20 rural indigenous communities around the world, GCN facilitates short term experiences for teams of volunteers to work with local residents on small-scale development projects identified by the community. Participants have the opportunity to experience life in another culture by living with local people, eating local foods, and experiencing local hardships and triumphs. The team spends one to three weeks in the community, led by a trained and experienced team leader from Global Citizens Network. Partner with an indigenous community and expand your understanding of the values, traditions and languages of different cultures, as well as contribute to local and global solutions.

NGOabroad is a unique service that provides frugal, customized international volunteer options and helps people enter international humanitarian work.

AFS Intercultural Programs
AFSAFS is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in over 50 countries around the world through independent, not-for-profit AFS organizations, each with a network of volunteers, a professionally staffed office, and headed up by a volunteer board. AFS Intercultural Programs provides worldwide leadership, coordination, support, quality control and development of AFS organizations and programs.

Catholic Network of Volunteer Service
CNVSCNVS, established in 1963, is a non-profit membership organization of 200 domestic and international volunteer and lay mission programs. Currently, more than 10,000 volunteers and lay missioners serve in these programs throughout the U.S. and in 108 other countries 

Unite For Sight®
Unite for Sight Unite for Sight® is a non-profit organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. Unite For Sight is an international leader in both providing eye care worldwide and offering service and hands-on public health opportunities for volunteers.   

St. Vincent Palotti Center for Apostolic Development, Inc.
St. Vincent Palotti Center The mission of the St. Vincent Pallotti Center is to inspire volunteer service, to strengthen the faith of those who are serving or have served, and to help volunteers build community. The volunteer opportunities are full-time positions for typically 1-2 years, with shorter-term options also available. Volunteers travel to locations throughout the U.S and over 60 countries abroad.   

Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural SolutionsCross-Cultural Solutions operates volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives, and fostering cultural understanding. 

Cross-Cultural Solutions sends more than one thousand volunteers overseas every year to work in the areas of health, education and social services. They have 16 programs in 10 countries and are in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and also maintain a partnership with CARE, one of the world’s largest international humanitarian organizations.

The Civic Engagement Center is delighted to announce a partnership with Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS), a leader in international volunteer and intern programs for students. Macalester students may be eligible for the International Ralph & Iris Salomon Scholarship - a partial scholarship of $455 applicable towards a CCS Volunteer Abroad Intern Abroad program.

Students interested in Cross-Cultural Solutions should contact Karin Trail-Johnson, Civic Engagement Center Director at or 651-696-6040. The CEC will collect your contact information and confirm eligibility for the scholarship with Cross-Cultural Solutions.  CCS will contact each interested applicant to further discuss the details of the program.