Welcome to our FAQ section. We hope you can find answers to your initial questions here. We update this page constantly, so check in often. If you have more questions, please do not hesitate and contact us. We are more than happy to help you decide which program is the right for you!

Are vegans/vegetarians welcome in your program?2020-07-01T18:48:58-04:00

Yes, vegans and vegetarians are absolutely welcome in our programs. We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies.

What is Institute for International Cooperation and Development (IICD)?2020-07-01T12:51:39-04:00

We are also the Institute for International Cooperation and Development, Michigan. In June 2013, we changed our name to One World Center to celebrate 30 years in the United States.

How do I pay the fees from outside the USA?2020-07-01T12:52:16-04:00

Your enrollment advisor will guide you after completing the enrollment process to pay via Western Union, MoneyGram, Bank Transfer or PayPal.

Do I need immunizations?2016-10-10T15:29:08-04:00

All participants in all OWC programs must have up-to-date immunizations (i.e. booster as an adult) against measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), and polio. If you have not had a tetanus booster within five years, you must get one. Please bring records of your vaccinations.

Within the preparation period, vaccinations will be given for a number of diseases specific to the area where you will be traveling. These will include Typhoid and Hepatitis A. Teams going to Brazil will also receive a vaccination for Yellow Fever. The vaccinations do not include Hepatitis B or Rabies; if you want them make sure you have completed them before you start the preparation period (they are both multi-sequence shots so plan ahead).

If you have traveled before and have a yellow international vaccination booklet, please bring it to OWC. If you can get the vaccinations for free in your home country, please do so before arriving to OWC and bring the vaccination card.

Do you teach English as a part of the program?2020-07-01T12:55:15-04:00

No, we do not offer English classes at One World Center. However, you will have plenty of opportunity to practice/learn in our English speaking environment – and there are always some students who are keen to teach!

Who are the staff at OWC?2016-12-16T19:21:28-05:00

We are a strong international team with a range of different qualifications and experiences. Some are former Development Instructors, some are not; some have many years of teaching experience or development work. We are committed people and we believe in working to eradicate poverty. You can ask to talk to any of us during the enrollment process to know our personal stories.

What happens if I enroll for the program and decide not to start?2020-07-01T13:03:36-04:00

The enrollment fee of $500 is non refundable. If you decide not to start, your place will go to another person for that team.

If you are unable to come for your originally scheduled team for emergency reasons, you can speak with your enrollment advisor about the possibility of moving to the next upcoming team.

Do you have any rules I have to follow?2020-07-01T12:59:54-04:00

Yes. We have a “No Drugs and No Alcohol” policy that cannot be waived. As a participant at OWC, you agree to this policy prior to enrollment. We have “house rules” like our food policy, rules for driving the cars, no smoking indoors, etc. We also have a set of standards for daily living such as: how to keep the kitchen clean, the laundry, recycling, etc. Once you are on campus we will go over what we call the “Book of Practicalities” where you can learn the guidelines of living in our community. If you want, you can request to get an online presentation of the book prior to enrollment.

Can I bring my pet?2020-07-01T13:06:29-04:00

Unfortunately, you cannot bring your pet to the programs. If you would like to learn more about our animal policy, please ask your enrollment advisor.

Do I have to pay the tuition fee before coming?2018-09-24T15:44:18-04:00

Yes, half of the tuition fee is due one month before you arrive at OWC. The other half  is paid on the day you start.

Is there an age limit to join?2020-07-01T13:05:03-04:00

No, there is no age limit. The minimum age is 18 years old.

How long have you been around?2020-07-01T13:07:19-04:00

One World Center has been running different programs in the United States for over 30 years. We have been training teams at our Michigan Campus since 1999.

Is OWC a non-profit organization?2020-07-01T13:14:57-04:00

Yes, One World Center was incorporated in 1997 as a research not-for-profit organization in the State of Michigan. The IRS has determined that OWC is an organization as described in the revenue code 501(c) 3. Our EIN number is: 38-3379778

Can I choose where to go in Africa?2020-07-01T13:13:46-04:00

For the Africa projects, we travel to Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. We cannot guarantee in advance which of these countries you would be placed in. We will know the positions available 3 to 4 months before departure and, you and your teammates will choose. You need to be open to travel where it is most needed.

What would I be doing in Brazil?2016-10-10T15:46:08-04:00

In Brazil, you will work with families and farmers supporting their efforts in areas such as hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, prevention of disease, education, etc. The project is focused in Community Development through youth, children and women clubs.

I have a B1/B2 visa, can I join?2016-10-08T19:56:52-04:00

Yes, you can come to the USA with your B1/B2 visa and be a volunteer with us in one of our programs.

Do I need to speak English?2020-07-01T13:12:12-04:00

Yes, you need to have an intermediate to advanced level of English to join our programs. We do not ask you to have a certificate but be aware that the entire program will be conducted in English.

Our enrollment advisors are here if you would like to practice your English and get more comfortable speaking before arriving.

Is there an interview I need to attend to be able to join?2020-07-01T13:09:36-04:00

Yes, you will have an interview with an enrollment advisor before enrolling. However, all interviews are conducted online or by the phone.

Can I visit the campus before enrolling?2016-10-10T15:49:41-04:00

Yes, you are welcome to come and visit us before making a decision. Let us know in advance so we can arrange your visit.

How do I enroll?2020-07-01T13:09:47-04:00

After you fill out a contact form, we will email you additional information and assign you an enrollment advisor. Each person takes a different amount of time and we are here to assist you. Once you have all requirements ready, we will start the enrollment process and send you the needed documentation and payment instructions for you to enroll.

What are some of the challenges or obstacles of volunteering abroad?2016-12-16T19:21:28-05:00

Volunteering takes persistence, patience, and leadership skills. It can be hard to not get frustrated when you do not see an immediate result of your actions as we are trying to establish long-term, sustainable solutions.

Time off to explore?2020-07-01T13:19:30-04:00

We encourage you to get the most out of the experience of being here and of traveling abroad. However, we will encourage you to design your activities within the framework of the program and project. During your training period here in the USA, depending on your team’s organization, you can have time for investigations. There are no holidays during the program.

Can friends and family visit me on campus?2016-10-08T19:48:50-04:00

Yes, your friends and family are welcome to visit you on campus. We just ask that you notify the staff ahead of time so their visit can be arranged.

Will I gain any credentials from completing one of your programs?2020-07-01T12:38:08-04:00

For both the 10 and 18 month programs, you will earn 2 certifications. One from One World Center that certifies you as a Development Instructor and one from Humana People to People certifying your volunteer work during the service period abroad.

If you choose the 18 month program, you get an extra certificate from One World University in Mozambique awarding you with 62 academic credits for the studies you have done during the program.

These certificates will add a lot of value and experience to your professional resume.

Do I need to learn another language?2020-07-01T13:32:11-04:00

You may have to learn basic Portuguese if you decide to do the Brazil program or to go to Mozambique.

What is the on-campus experience like?2016-10-10T15:53:30-04:00

At One World Center, you will be fully engaged in community life. You will live here on Campus and be part of all activities and decisions. The studies and courses are organized in teams. Together with your team leader, you and your team will design what to study each week and how to reach the goals. On top of those studies, the staff will give courses on general topics regarding current issues. You will be part of running the institution every day, from cooking, cleaning, and working in keeping the Campus. All participants have a responsibility area and run the routines as well as implement projects and actions to practice their leadership and mobilization skills.

Are there any college level courses that are offered to meet graduation requirements?2020-07-01T16:30:05-04:00

Yes, to meet graduation requirements of OWC you will need to: follow the curriculum and program; be an active participant of all courses given at the institute; and fulfill the requirements of the exams. Our courses and studies are part of the curriculum of One World University in Mozambique, so as a distance learner you will be able to get credits at the end and use them for furthering your education (18-Month Program only).

Do I need previous experience to join?2016-10-08T19:41:44-04:00

No, you do not need previous experience or a degree to join us.

What consideration is given to the well-being of participants during their stay in the programs?2016-10-10T15:55:37-04:00

We care about the well-being of our participants. We do not travel to dangerous areas and you will have insurance coverage while overseas. You will also have time during the program to prepare physically for the challenges that you may encounter abroad.

What about living arrangements?2018-09-24T15:24:59-04:00

The accommodation during while you are in the United States for both programs is on our campus in Michigan. We have a dormitory where you will share a room with one or two participants.

Your overseas accommodation is arranged by our partner Humana People to People; you may stay at one of their schools or at the communities where you will serve in a house together with your teammates and maybe a host family.

Where are the locations that the programs serve?2018-09-24T15:49:40-04:00

We travel to Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Brazil.

What is the program objective?2020-07-01T13:54:41-04:00

Our objective is to equip the participants with leadership and other skills they need to become Development Instructors and support others in their struggles to get out of poverty.

How soon will the next program start?2020-07-01T16:01:54-04:00

Due to safety concerns with COVID-19, we will resume our volunteer abroad programs in the Fall of 2021.


10-Month Program: October 2021

18-Month Program: September 2021

Where do most people head to after your program? Do they stay in the field of poverty and humanitarianism?2016-10-10T16:01:09-04:00

Most people continue on a humanitarian path. Some do it with us, some start their own projects and others further their education. Some have chosen to work with Humana People to People, the UN, the World Bank, UNICEF, and more.

Will these programs lead to career opportunities?2020-07-01T16:12:20-04:00

Yes, after finishing the program, many doors will open to you. If you do the 18-month program, you will have three different certificates that will help you continue your career in the non-profit sector. The 10-month program will award you with two certificates that will also enhance your resume. Some alumni have joined the World Bank, the United Nations and other global organization. Some have started their own non-profits. You may also discuss your options with our staff to continue your career together with us at One World Center.

What are the requirements for the 10 and 18 month programs?2020-07-01T16:09:47-04:00

You should be 18 years old or older. You need to have full time availability for the 10 or 18 months, be able to travel, and agree with the program elements and framework. You also need to agree to the payment of the enrollment and tuition fees. If you are not a USA citizen, you need to be eligible for a visitor visa and speak English.

How are the countries selected for the project sites?2020-07-01T16:29:00-04:00

One World Center travels to areas selected according to availability, security and need. In Africa, we work in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia where there is great need and diversity of projects. Humana People to People in Brazil also has a big need and availability for international volunteers. We look forward to reaching more areas in the future.

What is One World Center’s mission?2020-07-01T16:31:11-04:00

One World Center is a research non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower ordinary people to take action against worldwide poverty and climate change. We address the issues of our time with unique teaching and learning environments that cultivate social change and support our global vision: a sustainable future.

Are you affiliated with any religion or political group?2020-07-01T12:51:19-04:00

No, we are not affiliated with any religious or political group/organization.

Is this program strictly on a volunteer basis?2020-07-01T12:41:34-04:00

These are volunteer or study/volunteer programs. You will volunteer with different organizations nationally, with Humana People to People in Africa or Brazil, and you will also study to prepare for your travels and earn certifications. There is no compensation for doing the program. However, after finishing the program you may discuss your options with One World Center to pursue a career as a humanitarian.

What are the differences between tuition and team fundraising?2020-07-01T12:44:09-04:00

The program fee that you would pay is separate from the fundraising done by you and your team during the first period of the program.

Both sets of funds go towards covering the program expenses. Your tuition fee payment would cover all your essentials during the time you spend with us here on campus and at the project sites (i.e. housing, food, program travel).

The only things that your program fee does not cover are your personal expenses such as hygiene products, clothes, your passport, personal spending money and transportation to our Michigan campus.

I have a student visa, can I still participate?2016-10-10T16:12:26-04:00

To keep your F-1 status, you must be enrolled in your university. One World Center is not an accredited education institution, we are a non-profit 501c3. So to join our program, you can change from F1 to B1/B2 status. However,  you should do that only when you have finished your studies or if you have decided not to continue with your university. To join One World Center’s program, we will ask you to be available full time. We strongly recommend that you not be enrolled in university at the same time. Additionally, consider that our programs require extensive traveling, first here in the US and then abroad.

What is the average out of pocket expense?2020-07-01T12:45:30-04:00

We suggest you to bring between $600 and $800. Depending on your lifestyle, you may need more. This money is for personal spending, clothing, hygiene products, etc.

Your program fee has already covered your housing, food, and travel during the program.

How does the fundraising for the volunteer abroad programs work?2020-07-01T12:47:29-04:00

During the training period of each program, the teams fundraise together through various methods such as: peer-to-peer fundraising, canvasing, social media, events, etc. Normally, the teams organize based on their skills and networks.

What of travel/food/lodging expenses are covered by the tuition and fundraising?2020-07-01T12:47:51-04:00

The full costs for the programs and travel are covered by the institution’s fundraising, the teams’ fundraising and the enrollment and program fees you pay. Your personal expenses such as clothes, hygiene products, passport are not covered.

Are there scholarships or aid available?2018-12-06T14:20:18-05:00

We have recently reduced the cost of our programs by building a scholarship into the tuition fee. If any of our programs are out of your budget, we recommend that you talk to one of our enrollment advisors for information about payment plan opportunities and fundraising support.

Is there any compensation?2016-10-08T18:24:55-04:00

Our programs do not have compensation but the studies and fieldwork experience gained are a great career starter in the humanitarian and nonprofit sector, as well as a strong add-on to your resume.

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