Resources and Opportunities for Returning Students
See what your peers’ have accomplished as they present their study abroad research! Presentations are held in early November in Smith Hall here on campus, keep an eye on your email for an invitation!
Help out with Lewis and Clark’s Annual International Fair, held every Spring, here on campus! Take the knowledge and love of the country you visited and share it with the rest of the student body.
Open to all undergraduate students, 100 Projects for Peace is an opportunity for students to design a grassroots project for peace to implement anywhere in the world in the summer. The winning proposal will receive $10,000.
If you want to share your views on international and cross-cultural issues, then The Meridian is for you! The Meridian, apart from their spring publication, also has a year long website which you can find here! Look especially for their page entitled “stories from abroad”.
Do you have photos and artwork from your program? Did you write a poem or story in a foreign language? Do you still want to? Check out Polyglot, the foreign Language journal that Lewis and Clark publishes every spring!
Want to branch out and share your experiences and ideas with an even wider audience? Then check out Boston College’s Kaleidoscope International Journal, open to students around the world!
International Opportunities in Portland
The Mercy Corps’ mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Individuals can volunteer at the office in Portland, staff and table at community events, or help fundraise for the organization.
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Volunteers can serve at donation events, call possible donors, volunteer on a weekly basis, work at the Portland Headquarters, and more.
Green Empowerment provides villages in the developing world access to clean water, electricity through renewable energy, and sustainable solutions. Volunteers can work as field staff members in downtown or work in on-going service opportunities.
The AWC aims to mobilize, advocate and empower African Women living in Oregon and Southwest Washington by providing a culturally supportive and nurturing environment that builds the capacity of the community to help itself and allows other members of the community to reach their highest potential through support, guidance and educational opportunities. Volunteers can work at organizations sponsored events and directly with organization members.
The Harambee Centre’s mission is to help connect the people of the Pacific Northwest with the people and cultures of Africa but supporting development projects in African communities, provide educational resources about Africa for local educators and residents, and to help celebrate and share the African culture. Volunteers help with different program events and fundraisers for the organization.
The PCASC educates and mobilizes community members, workers and students around struggles for human rights and social justice throughout the Americas. Volunteers can work in various committees within the organization ranging from grant writing, translating, office work and more.
10 month fellowship in leading Indian NGOs that provides development training in education, livelihoods, public health and social enterprises. Other volunteer and work opportunities are also available through AIF.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress, that annually provides 75 American and 75 German Young Professionals the opportunity to spend one year in each others’ countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program.
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.
Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affecting different minority groups today.
The KCC Japan Education Exchange Graduate Fellowships Program was established in 1996 to support qualified graduate students for research or study in Japan. The purpose of the fellowship is to support future American educators who will teach more effectively about Japan. One fellowship of $30,000 will be awarded. Applicants may affiliate with Kobe College (Kobe Jogakuin) for award year, if selected.
The Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) supports the future global leaders and promotes the international cooperation in education by inviting talented international students to Korea for an opportunity to conduct advanced studies at higher educational institutions in Korea.
Peace Corps (Worldwide)
The Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country.
PiA sponsors over 150 fellowships and internships in 20 countries and is the oldest and largest organization of its kind, unique in its scope, size, century-long expertise and emphasis on service. The essence of PiA is to provide transformative, service-oriented experiences for bright, talented graduates and to serve the needs of Asia as determined by our host institutions and Asian partners. PiA arranges fellowships and internships with Asian host organizations in the fields of education, health, international development, environmental advocacy, journalism, engineering, technology, law and business.
PiLA matches partner organizations offering year-long socially responsible service opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean with highly qualified and motivated recent graduates from North American colleges and universities.Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, where each class of Scholars will develop their leadership skills through practical training and internships, a network of senior mentors, and travel seminars around China. We encourage you to explore the website for a tour of Schwarzman College and to hear directly from Scholars about this unparalleled experience. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Volunteer and Faith Based Organizations
JDC Jewish Service Corps (India, China, Japan, Russia, Germany, Greece, Morocco, Cuba, and more) JDC offers service opportunities for young Jewish adults who want to make an impact in overseas Jewish communities around the world in non-sectarian development work. Service programs work to meet real, pressing needs through intensive participation in JDC initiatives and peer-to-peer education.
Nine month teaching assistant experience in bilingual schools in Madrid and other cities around Spain.
Explore the opportunity to teach in South Korean, government run schools.
Work in France for 7 months teaching French students of all ages.
Twelve Fellowships are awarded to recent graduates from universities in the U.S. Fellows, who serve as young ambassadors, are expected to work with Greek students of all ages in both schools and summer camps.
InterExchange Working Abroad can help connect you with the best opportunities all over the world. We will help you through the entire process—from choosing a program to understanding visa requirements to finding assistance during your program. Programs include, Au Pair, Teach English, and Volunteer Work.
Through the Japanese government, participants can spend a year working as an assistant language teacher, sports exchange advisor or coordinator for international relations across Japan.
Work as a language assistant for 9-10 months with Spanish students of all ages in various regions throughout Spain.
Through the South Korean Ministry of Education, participants can work as a language assistant in rural, elementary schools during after school hours
Unpacking Study Abroad
This worksheet will help you to reflect upon your study abroad experience and offers some tips on how to incorporate your time overseas into your resume, graduate school applications, and future career goals.