Thursday, February 3, 2011

Latin American Options
CCIDD: Cuernavaca Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development- 30 year old organization in Cuernavaca, Mexico that hosts groups from the US and Canada. Focus on social Justice
Frontera de Cristo:  organization on US-Mexico border
Cemanauhac language school in Cuernavaca; invites SW students specifically

A 1-2 month language and cultural immersion program. 4 hours of language a day, 2 hours of cultural immersion. Migrant worker interviewing opportunities available for SW students.
 El Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca
Resources for International Employment
Employment and Career Planning

American Evaluation Association (Job Bank occasionally lists international jobs)

CARE (Offers world-wide career opportunities)

Caritas (Catholic Relief Service)
Catholic Relief Services Deadline: October-November
The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) International Development Fellows Program is intended to give people who are interested in a career in international relief and development an opportunity to increase their overseas experience and gain broad exposure to CRS programs. Each year, CRS has approximately 20 to 25 placements with our country programs (based overseas). Assignments are for one year. Specific job
responsibilities vary greatly from one country to another
depending on the country programs focus (Agriculture, Health, Peace building, Education, Microfinance, social assistance or a combination of these). The goal of the IDFP is to place Fellows in positions where they can draw on their previous education and work experience, while broadening their skills. Many of our fellowships lead to regular positions with Catholic Relief Services.

Charity Village (Canada's super site for nonprofit sector includes directories for nonprofit workers, donors, vendors, etc.)

Children's Hope International (International Adoption Agency)

Columbia University School of Social Work Career Development Center International Social Work

Cross Cultural Solutions (Organization and volunteer opportunities in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, India- Delhi, India- Himalayas, Peru, Russia and Thailand)

Democracy Net (Private nonprofit grant making organizations that seeks to strengthen democratic institutions globally.)

European Social Welfare Information Network (ESWIN) (Source for social welfare information on Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, & UK)

Go Abroad (Comprehensive online source for study abroad, language schools, internships,

Habitat for Humanity International (Jobs listed by area: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean)

How To Get Work Abroad, Washington Post, November 23, 2003. (Features University of Michigan's Overseas Opportunities web site.)

Interaction (Source for paid and volunteer positions in the US and abroad)

International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) (A network of grassroots organizations which provide help for a wide range of people in need and organizationally has consultative status with the United Nations)

The International Federation of Social Workers (Promotes exchange of social work practice experience in developing and developed countries)

Medical+Recruitment Specialists (MRS) (Helps to place Social Workers, House Parents, Facilitators, Project Coordinators, Instructors, Tutors, Careers and Psychologists in Ireland.
Contact Pat Hayes 83 Merrion Square Dublin 2 Ireland Phone: 353 1 6146057 FAX: 353 1
6146041 email:

Mennonite Committee (Areas of service)

Peace Corps (Information and applications)

Student's guide to planning a career in international social work Structured approach for
preparing for career in international social work. Resources on programs, lists of international organizations that employ social workers. Richard J. Estes, 1992. In: Internationalizing Social Work Education: A guide to resources for a new century. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work.

Union of International Associations (Identifies international organizations by category and alphabetically. See also Guide to international scholarships)

United Nations (UN Job Search site: From UN Home Page, click on"Welcome", "UN Employment", "Continue". At this point the response time gets very slow. There is an encryption procedure, then click on "Login" to view the UN Employment page. (Internet Explorer version 5 or above (download) or Netscape 6 or above (download) required)

UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund employment opportunities)

UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women employment opportunities. Click on vacancies)

UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration)

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization employment opportunities)

US Government (Job Search site)

USAID (Employment Opportunities at USAID)

University of Michigan's Overseas Opportunities web site

Washington University (Job Search site)

Work Abroad: Overseas Opportunities in Social Work (University of Michigan)

World Bank PovertyNet (Selected job opportunities with the World Bank and other organizations devoted to understanding and alleviating poverty) Sample report: Two Years of Intifada, Closures and Palestinian Economic Crisis: An assessment. March 5,

World Vision International

Government Agencies

State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs:
Links to United States Embassies and Consulates Worldwide
Travel Warnings & Consular Information Sheet (Information on safety,
health conditions, etc.)

Social Movements for Peace and Justice

American Friends Service Committee (Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service)

Amnesty International (Grassroots activist organization dedicated to freeing prisoners of conscience, gaining fair trials for political prisoners, ending torture, political killings and "disappearances," and abolishing the death penalty throughout the world)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace* (A private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States.)

Conscience and Peace Tax International (Aims to obtain recognition of the right to conscientious objection to paying for armaments and war preparation and war conduct through taxes. CPTI works through international movements and through international institutions such as the United Nations and the European Union).

International Peace Bureau (Promotes global campaign for peace through participatory process of education.)

National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund and Peace Tax Foundation (U.S. advocates for rights of conscience)

Stockholm Institute for Peace Research (SIPRI)* (Conducts research on questions of conflict and cooperation of importance for international peace and security, with the aim of contributing to an understanding of the conditions for peaceful solutions of international conflicts and for a stable peace. )

U.S. Institute of Peace* (Independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by Congress to promote research, education, and training on the peaceful management and resolution of international conflicts)

War Resisters' International (Works for a world without war)

War Resisters' League (Emphasizes action, war resistance and individual conscience against all forms of militarism)

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (First international feminist peace organization in the world organized in Europe in 1915)

Note:  This is by no means a complete list of resources for international employment.   

Boise State University SSW Working with Mexicans Program
The workshop will be held at the Cemanahuac Educational Community in Cuernavaca (Morelos), and Buenavista a Cuellar (Guererro), and Mexico City (Distrito Federal), Mexico.
Using Mexican professionals as guest lecturers, the workshop will provide 60 hours of course content in the following areas:
  • ethnically sensitive practice with Latino clients
  • gender issues
  • the political, religious, historical and socio-economic context of work with Latino clients
  • Mexican/U.S. relations
  • theories of behavior and diagnostic processes sensitive to the Latino experience
Participants will take 80 hours of immersion Spanish, live and take meals with Mexican host families, and visit archeological and cultural sites in and around Mexico City.

Contact Jim Knapp,
Duke Language Partners Program
The Duke Language Partners Program (DLP) is designed to partner two people up (one normally being an English-speaker and the other a foreigner who is not a native speaker of English) in order to facilitate language and cultural exchange. The partnership is very informal with an emphasis on developing conversational skills in both languages involved in it.

Contact Aaron Brooks for more information

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

NC State summer study abroad program in Guatemala

May 27- July 16
Deadline: February 11
Students will learn about the people and culture of Guatemala, will participate in a service learning experience, will learn/enhance Spanish language skills, and will experience the socio-cultural environment of Guatemala through a homestay with an indigenous family. The program is designed for social work majors or minors or students who are looking for ways to get involved in the variety of agencies and program available in the communities around Lake Atitlán.
Financial aid may be available. 
Program Website

For more information contact Linda Williams,