Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling

Researching Service Opportunities

Students applying for Miller Center Service Fellowships or Summer Internships must identify a non-profit or faith-based organization through which they would like to serve.  Students are encouraged to do their own research on possible service sites, but they must also keep in mind that not all advertised organizations are honest and reputable.

The organizations below have established good reputations and most are agencies through which Hendrix students have successfully volunteered in the past.  Specific international sites where we have already sent students through these agencies are indicated.

Students need not limit their search to the organizations listed below; however, if they are applying to volunteer through a lesser-known international organization, they may need to include evidence of that organization’s legitimacy and reputation in their application to the Miller Center.

For additional information on good service agencies and sites, students should peruse the book Invest Yourself:  A Guide to Action, found in the Miller Center brochure display case, or visit with the leaders of mission efforts in their local churches, synagogues, or other worship centers.

International Placement Organizations 

Global Justice Volunteers (United Methodist Church)
Japan (International Experimental Organic Farm)
Hong Kong (Bethune House/Human Rights for Filipino Migrant Workers)
General Board of Global Ministries (United Methodist Church)
Bolivia (Methodist Ecumenical School)
Slovakia (Bratislava United Methodist Church)
Chile (La Esperanza Sheltered Workshop)
Global Volunteer Network
Ecuador (Environmental Conservation) 
South Africa (Wildlife Rehabilitation)
Thailand (Wildlife Sanctuary)
India (Orphanage)
Cook Islands (tutoring and various community projects)
i – to – i Meaningful Travel
Ecuador (teaching English)
Prison Fellowship International
Rwanda (Genocide Reconciliation)
Experiential Learning International
Ecuador (Medicine)

Cross-Cultural SolutionsCatholic Network of Volunteer Services
International Orthodox Christian Charities
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Mobility International USA Exchange Programs  (especially good for volunteers with disabilities)
The Baobab Home  (Tanzania)
Gatehouse (Oxford, England)

One Heart Source (Jamaica and South Africa)

United States Sites and Placement Organizations 
American Friends Service Committee (Quaker)
Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ)
Westmoreland Volunteer Corps (Washington, D.C.)
Catholic Network of Volunteer Services
International Orthodox Christian Charities
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Good Samaritan Center  (San Antonio, TX)
The Carroll Center for the Blind (Newton, MA)
Church Health Center (Memphis, TN)
Highline Community Elementary School (Auroro, Colorado)
Camp Aldersgate (Little Rock, AR)
Feminist Majority Foundation (Los Angeles, CA and Washington, D.C.)*
Mexican-American Ministries (Kansas West Conference-United Methodist Church)
Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church  (Little Rock, AR)
Ozark Mission Project (Arkansas Conference-United Methodist Church)
Project Transformation (Dallas, TX-United Methodist Church)
C2K College Intern Program (Dallas, TX-United Methodist Church)*
GraceWorks Community (Cheyenne,WY – United Methodist)
Lilly Summer Discernment Institute* (Sewanee, TN/workshop done in conjunction with internship)
*for Summer Internships more than for Service Fellowships 

For service opportunities in Central Arkansas, check out our Local Volunteer Opportunities packet here.