Volunteer Opportunities

The Department of American Studies frequently receives information regarding opportunities for majors to enrich their professional and educational experiences.  The Department does not specifically endorse the following opportunities but provides them as a resource for its undergraduates.  Please contact Annie Coleman, Director of Undergraduate Studies, if you would like to discuss any of these items in greater detail.


Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world! 

If you're into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply by our early bird deadline on February 29th!  Space is limited.

*Financial assistance is available for all students on five- and six-week programs.

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Summer programs are open in the following countries and regions:

India – Education or Gender Rights   Southeast Asia – Conservation or Youth Empowerment  Middle East – Human Rights  Ghana – Global Health Tanzania – Social Innovation  Uganda - Development or Youth Empowerment Guatemala – Fair Trade Justice, Human Rights, or Peace & Conflict  Peru – Environment

Can’t travel in the summer? Join us for our alternative breaks in the spring!


AmeriCorps Open Door

Americorps' Community HealthCorps

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. 

Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

Community HealthCorps openings are available in Ossining and Port Chester, NY.  American Studies has a direct contact who would be happy to speak with interested individuals.  Contact Annie Coleman for more information.


Wonderland Camp, Missouri

Nonprofit camp located in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, serving children, teenagers and adults with a wide range of disabilities and special needs.  Currently recruiting paid staff to work a variety of residential summer camp positions including, but not limited to, Cabin Counselors, Cabin Leaders, Recreation staff, Lifeguards, Nursing Aids, Dietary Nutrition Interns, Arts & Crafts, Music, and Media.  Internships and volunteer opportunities may also be available.  

See website for additional information and an online application:  www.wonderlandcamp.org.


AMA Peru

Our mission is to Help, Motivate, and Learn. Our goal is to give volunteers the opportunity to help the impoverished communities of our country. Also, our volunteers are given the chance to become a part of a new culture while lending a hand to different cities in Peru. We want our volunteers to learn about Peruvian culture and fall in love with Peru and its diverse traditions, landscapes, cuisines and  people.

Please do not miss this opportunity to help, motivate and learn about another part of this beautiful world and yourself!


For more information: http://amaperunpo.org/

To apply: http://amaperunpo.org/apply-now/volunteer/