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Community Involvement Center

Mailing Address for Couriers:
Rice University
6100 Main Street, MS-200
Houston, TX  77005

Mailing Address for U.S.P.S.:
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX  77251-1892

Campus Physical Location:
Rice Memorial Center
2nd Floor
Center for Civic Engagement Suite

Phone: 713-348-4970
Fax: 713-348-5885

Approved Third-Party Providers of International Service Programs

In order to facilitate the involvement of students in international volunteer work, the Community Involvement Center maintains a listing of approved third-party providers.  This list is maintained primarily for those students participating in the Loewenstern Fellowships, Rice Developing World Student Scholarship, and Group International Service but is a resource to for all students and student organizations interested in service abroad.

These programs meet and or exceed the standards set by the International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) at http://www.volunteerinternational.org.

Students researching potential providers are highly encouraged to have multiple conversations with providers to understand their mission, programs, and philosophy.

Name  Description  Approved for Loewenstern Fellowship? 
American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad (AYUDA)  Established in 1996, AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc.) is a non- profit volunteer-based organization that empowers youth to serve as agents of social change in diabetes communities throughout the world. AYUDA is dedicated to supporting local diabetes communities develop and implement sustainable programs throughout the world. AYUDA’s innovative peer learning model uses international volunteers as catalysts for motivating local youth living with diabetes to live happy and healthy lives. AYUDA’s initial focus emerged from Latin America but has expanded in scope to currently include volunteer programs in Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Bermuda.   No
Amigos de las Americas 

Amigos de la Americas (AMIGOS) builds partnerships to empower young leaders, advance community development and strengthen multicultural understanding in the Americas. Amigos de las Américas provides the perfect opportunity for university students to complement the academic world with a full-immersion experience working in a community in Latin America. To create these opportunities, we partner with international non-profits, local agencies and government ministries who share in the vision of engaging international and local students in their work.

AMIGOS has developed a unique opportunity for Rice students to serve alongside local community organizations in the countries where current AMIGOS programs exist. For more information visit AMIGOS Internships  and contact, Marta Ascherio at mascherio@amigoslink.org or by phone at 1-800-231-7796 ext. 126.

Amizade Untitled  Amizade empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning.

Through fair trade learning, Amizade recognizes that the flow of learning and service doesn’t have to be a one-way stream. It also considers that individuals in the communities where study and volunteer abroad programs take place deserve similarly empowering experiences as those who take part in these programs. Fair Trade Learning transforms the classroom into an engine of change, not only for the visitors, but also for those who host programs.

By facilitating a free flow of service and learning across borders, Amizade will be able to truly empower individuals and communities, transforming even more lives through intercultural immersion, understanding, and learning.

Child Family Health International  Child Family Health International (CFHI) is a global family of committed professionals and students who work at the grassroots level to promote the health of the world community. Child Family Health International's vision of advancing quality health care for all is achieved through various means, including: Global service learning programs for medical and other health science students that focus on cultural competency in the health setting;  and, community initiatives that support health care services for underserved communities through local medical professionals and clinics. No
Cross-Cultural Solutions 

Our mission is to operate 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.  We are an international not-for-profit organization with no political or religious affiliations. Yes

Foundations for Sustainable Development

Foundations for Sustainable Development (FSD) training programs are highly immersive, bringing students, professionals, and retirees on-site to support critical grassroots initiatives. Rather than work on aid-based, short-term projects, participants collaborate with community partners to enhance local capacity to address health, social, environmental, and economic issues. With ongoing support from FSD Site Teams, all programs include: orientation, family homestay, language and grassroots development trainings, seed Grant + access to additional funding for strong projects, hands-on project development experience, debriefing sessions, cultural activities, and access to FSD's Alumni Connect program. Yes

Global Citizens Network 



Global Citizens Network recognizes the interdependence of people around the world, and that social and economic injustice, racial and ethnic inequality, and ecological loss affect all people. But through cooperative effort, individuals of all cultures can experience and enhance their ability to make a difference in their community and their world. To foster that cooperation, Global Citizens Network sends short-term teams of volunteers to communities in other cultures where participants immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of the community. Each volunteer team is partnered with a local grassroots organization active in meeting local needs. Global Citizens Network creates a worldwide network of people and organizations committed to addressing global issues. By providing participants the opportunity to learn about the society, knowledge, art and livelihood of other cultures, Global Citizens Network seeks to honor and help preserve those cultures. By providing the resources of participating volunteers and project grants, Global Citizens Network seeks to assist human and community development in those cultures. By creating a network of people and organizations, Global Citizens Network also seeks to enhance participants' impact on issues of local and global concern.

Contact: Laura Nunez, Academic Partnership Manager; Email: laura@globalcitizens.org; Phone: 612-436-8274

Global Service Corps 

Global Service Corps (GSC) is a nonprofit international volunteer organization providing service-learning opportunities for people worldwide to live and work abroad in Camodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Tanzania. Programs are offered year-round from two weeks to six months. Enjoy a true cultural immersion by staying in a homestay with local families, while working hand-in-hand with local counterparts on community development projects. Personalized service-learning programs, including HIV/AIDS education and prevention, sustainable agriculture, international healthcare, English instruction, Buddhist immersion, begin with week long technical training and orientation sessions, and provide rewarding hands-on challenges for volunteers. GSC also offers long-term internships for students seeking academic credit and a more in-depth service learning experience, as well as career-enhancing fellowship programs for participants with advanced degrees. As an accredited NGO with a complete in-country staff, Global Service Corps has become an established part of each community it serves, and tailors its development programs to offer the most benefit to the community, while providing an unforgettable experience for its volunteers. Yes
Globe Aware 

Globe Aware seeks to promote lifelong advocates for a better world and to sustain the world's cultural and natural resources. The organization, together with the local community hosts, develops effective local solutions to global problems in non-religious, non-political, multi-international environments. The aim is to expand and foster cross-cultural peace and understanding between Americans and the rest of the world, to preserve culture and promote sustainability. Globe Aware expeditions provide volunteers the opportunity to live and work side by side with a host community. The hosts provide a safe and interesting setting in which to learn, help, and have fun. The volunteers help to empower the host communities in creating renewable, self-sufficient programs. While Globe Aware's financial assistance benefits the community economically, it is actually the involvement and collaboration between the volunteers and community that is the greatest mutual benefit. No
Habitat for Humanity  Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat is a worldwide, grassroots movement with a presence in more than 90 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.  No
Projects Abroad 

Projects Abroad sends volunteers abroad to over 20 countries to do over 100 different internships and service projects.  Founded in 1992, we have grown to a team of 200 people around the world that sends 3500 volunteers annually.  Volunteers can go at any time, for as long as they wish.  Our most popular programs include: environmental conservation, archaeology and cultural preservation, teaching English, care work in orphanages, as well as medical and nursing projects. Yes
ProWorld Service Corps 

The mission of ProWorld is to promote social and economic development, empower communities, and cultivate educated compassionate global citizens.  ProWorld offers 2-26 week internship, volunteer, and study abroad programs in Latin America.  All programs are based on hands-on community-driven development projects.  We believe that within every project decision and every community interaction there exists the opportunity for ProWorld staff and volunteers to strengthen our mission and practice our core values: commitment, integrity, vision, sustainability, compassion, and success. Yes
Service for Peace  Service For Peace involves volunteers in ongoing community development programs throughout the world. Our Global PeaceMakers and group programs are designed to further the growth and development of individuals and our Communities of Peace through the shared experience of voluntary service.  No
Social Entreprenuer Corps


Social Entrepreneur Corps is a social enterprise that leads innovative and dynamic international internship programs in Guatemala, Ecuador, Nicaragua, South Africa, Peru, and the Dominican Republic/Haiti. Social Entrepreneur Corps participants work with our sister organization Community Enterprise Solutions in the field supporting the creation, development, growth and impact of social innovations focused on intelligently and sustainably alleviating poverty. Social Entrepreneur Corps participants create sustainable impact in the field while gaining the perspectives, skills and knowledge to become the social entrepreneurs of the future.   No


UBELONG is a social venture based in Washington, DC that was founded in 2009 by Cedric Hodgeman and Raul Roman, social entrepreneurs with a combined 20 years of international development, management and teaching experience. UBELONG mobilizes individuals for one-week to six months volunteering and educational placements to advance international development efforts and promote cross-cultural understanding. Our activities are complemented by the UBELONG Fund, our philanthropic arm that supports the international volunteering movement through education, fundraising, and research.