Yes, vegans and vegetarians are absolutely welcome in our programs. We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies.
We are 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.
Your enrollment advisor will guide you to pay via Western Union, MoneyGram, Bank Transfer or PayPal. You can check our payment instructions here.
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.
No. However, you will have plenty of opportunity for learning in our English speaking environment – and there are always some students who are keen to teach!
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.
The enrollment fee of $500 is non refundable. If you decide not to start, your place will go to another person.
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 like 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.
Unfortunately, you cannot bring your pet to the programs.
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.
No, there is no age limit. The minimum age is 18 years old.
One World Center has been running different programs in the United States for 30 years. We have been training teams at our Michigan Campus for 19 years.
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
For our Africa program, we travel to Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. We cannot guarantee in advance which of these two 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.
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.
We do not offer shorter programs. However, you can come to volunteer with us for a period of one to six months. The activities will include gardening, outreach, promotions and much more.
We also partner with an organization offering 1 and 6 month programs in the Caribbean. Check their website for more information: www.RichmondVale.org
Yes, you can come to the USA with your B1/B2 visa and be a volunteer with us in one of our programs.
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.
Yes, however all interviews are conducted online or by the phone.
Yes, you are welcome to come and visit us before making a decision. Let us know in advance so we can arrange your visit.
After you fill out a contact form, we will start the enrollment process. Each person takes a different amount of time and we are here to assist you. Once you have all requirements ready, we will send you the needed documentation and payment instructions for you to enroll.
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.
We encourage you to get the most out of the experience of being here and also 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.
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.
For both the 9 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.
You may have to learn basic Portuguese if you decide to do the Brazil program or to go to Mozambique. In the case of the 9 month program, you will need to learn basic Spanish.
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.
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 months program only).
No, you do not need previous experience or a degree to join us.
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.
The places where you will travel are in safe areas. There are safety procedures you will have to follow at the projects in Africa or Brazil, and while the biking Central America. You will be covered by a traveler insurance while abroad as well so you can have easy access to medical treatment if needed.
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.
We travel to Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Brazil.
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.
The 9 month program starts in February, May and October. The 18 month program is in March and September.
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.
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 9 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.
You should be 18 years old or older. You need to have full time availability for the 9 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.
One World Center travels to areas selected according to availability, security and need. In Africa, Mozambique and Malawi are two of the countries 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.
One World Center is part of the DRH Movement, which was started in Denmark by the same group of people who started Humana People to People.
One World Center is a research non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower ordinary people to take action against worldwide poverty. 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.
We are not a religiously- or politically-affiliated organization.
This is a study/volunteer program. 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.
The tuition fee that you would pay is separate from the fundraising done by you and your team during the first period of the program. Both incomes go towards covering the program expenses. Your tuition fee payment would cover all your essentials during the time you spend with us here in the USA and abroad (i.e. housing, food, program travel). The only things that your tuition fee payment would not cover are your personal expenses such as hygiene products, clothes, your passport, and your transportation to our Michigan campus.
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.
We suggest you to bring between $400 and $600. Depending on your lifestyle, you may need more. Remember that the organization provides food and accommodation; all personal items, clothes and souvenirs are personal expenses.
During the training period of each program, the teams fund-raise together by many methods, from being in front of stores and supermarkets asking for donations and giving information out, to canvasing, social media, events, etc. Normally the teams organize depending on their skills and networks.
The full costs for the programs and travel are covered by the institution’s fundraising, the teams’ fundraising and the enrollment and tuition fees you pay. Your personal expenses such as clothes, hygiene products, passport are not covered.
The organization brings down the cost to a reasonable one through its fundraising. This along with the fundraising you will do with your team and the enrollment and tuition fees, cover the expenses of the program. Check out the programs details to see the specific fees and fundraising for each program.
The living expenses through out the programs are covered with the organization’s fundraising, the teams’ fundraising, and the enrollment and tuition fees that you cover.
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.