Guidance - Service and Leadership Programs
Peace Corps: International Organization established to promote world peace and friendship. Currently 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in 70 countries working to bring clean water to communities, teach children, help start new businesses and stop the spread of AIDS. Volunteers receive intensive language and cross culture training. For more information: http://www.peacecorps.gov
Corporation for National and Community Service: Service organization. Helps strengthen communities through Americorps and Learn and Serve America programs. Opportunities to provide service in Wisconsin include: The Wisconsin Association for Runaway Services; United Way of Dane County; Children's Outing Association; Community Action Coalition of South Central Wisconsin and more. Opportunities are detailed on the website at:
Earthwatch Institute: International, non-profit organization. The mission of Earthwatch Institute is to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources by creating partnerships between scientists, educators and the general public. Volunteer field opportunities available. For more information: http://www.earthwatch.org
National Outdoor Leadership School: A leader in wilderness education. Teaches outdoor skills, and leadership through wilderness courses including the Professional Training Institute and the Wilderness Medicine Institute. Employment and volunteer opportunities available. Fore more information: http://www.nols.edu 307-332-5300.
Habitat for Humanity, International: A non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing organization. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world. Volunteers needed to help construct decent, affordable houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter. The website includes an Affiliate Search Engine for volunteer opportunities in Milwaukee. For more information:
1-800-HABITAT or http://www.habitat.org
American Field Service Intercultural Programs: Non-profit organization dedicated to intercultural education exchange. Opportunitites to travel worldwide. For more information: 1-800-AFS-INFO or http://www.afs.org/usa.
Outward Bound: A skill-based program offering wilderness courses with an emphasis on environmental stewardship and leadership development. Opportunities include: Mountaineering, Canoeing, Biking, Rock Climbing, Rafting and more. For more information on this option: http://www.outwardbound.org
The Road Less Traveled: Taking Time Off After High School: Website offers expert advice on this option. For more information: http://www.familyeducation.com
Interlochen Bridge Year Program: Located in New Hampshire. Innovative program designed to provide high school graduates with an exciting alternative to entering college immediately following high school. The program focuses on career exploration, wilderness adventures, cross-cultural immersion and experiential education. For more information: 603-438-4659, http://www.interlochen.org, or