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

Mailing Address for U.S.P.S.:
PO Box 1892
MS-200
Houston, TX  77251-1892

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

service@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-4970
Fax: 713-348-5885

Approved Third-Party Providers of International Service & Research 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 
Amigos de las Americas 
amigos   

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

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: Yes
Loewenstern Research: No
Group International Service (GIS): Yes

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.

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: Yes
Loewenstern Research: No
Group International Service (GIS): Yes

Chengdu Urban Rivers Association 

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Chengdu Urban Rivers Association is a non-profit NGO dedicated to promoting the natural, recreational, and cultural values of Rivers, especially the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. Founded in June 2003, CURA provides a unified voice representing these values on issues, such as protecting the rivers, protecting the environment, encouraging the awareness of the environment and promoting the sustainable development of both the urban and rural areas.

Service opportunities at CURA can be viewed by visiting the Omprakash website.

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: Yes
Loewenstern Research: No
Group International Service (GIS): No

Cross-Cultural Solutions 

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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.

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: Yes
Loewenstern Research: No
Group International Service (GIS): Yes

Foundations for Sustainable Development
 FSD 


 

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.

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: Yes
Loewenstern Research: Yes
Group International Service (GIS): Yes

Global Citizens Network 

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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

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: No
Loewenstern Research: No

Group International Service (GIS): Yes

Global FoodBankin Network 
 
The Global Food Banking Network is an NGO which alleviates hunger through developing food banks worldwide. GFN creates, supports, and strengthens food banks and food bank networks around the world, in countries other than the US. GFN currently supports existing and developing food banks and national food bank networks in more than 25 countries, home to more than one-third of the world’s nearly one billion undernourished people. GFN would like a group of Rice University students spend two weeks in Bulgaria to assist with a food drive during Summer 2015. More information about the SUmmer 2015 Bulgaria Food Drive project is available, here

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: No
Loewenstern Research: No
Group International Service (GIS): Yes

Projects Abroad 

projectsabroad 

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.

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: Yes
Loewenstern Research: No
Group International Service (GIS): Yes

RTI 

RTI

 

RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis. To view the civic research placements available through RTI, please navigate to the Loewenstern/RDWSS '15 OwlSpace page and click on the Resources tab. Directions to the OwlSpace page are available, here.

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: No
Loewenstern Research: Yes
Group International Service (GIS): No

Service for Peace

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. 

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: No
Loewenstern Research: No
Group International Service (GIS): Yes

Social Entreprenuer Corps

 SECorps 

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.

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: No
Loewenstern Research: No
Group International Service (GIS): Yes

 
 
ThinkImpact is offering an exciting opportunity for students interested in hands-on experiences with social innovation or social entrepreneurship projects. Students travel in groups to South Africa, Rwanda, or Panama to live in rural villages with homestay families and to work directly with locals to tackle social challenges (the ThinkImpact website has more info on student projects). In addition, if accepted into the ThinkImpact Team Lead program, Site Leaders who successfully recruit at least 8 peers to join them get half off the program fee! If you want to be a Site Leader this year and have an interest in Africa or Panama, in direct community involvement, and want support for fundraising and trip logistics, contact info@thinkimpact.com

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: Yes
Loewenstern Research: No
Group International Service (GIS): Yes

UBELONG 

UBELONG 

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.

Students interested in proposing a Group International Service trip, will work with UBelong Expeditions to develop trips that include direct service, learning, and reflection.
 

Eligibility:
Loewenstern Service: No
Loewenstern Research: No
Group International Service (GIS): Yes