FAQ 2016-12-16T19:21:25+00:00

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!

What is Institute for International Cooperation and Development (IICD)? 2017-05-02T01:08:44+00:00

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.

How do I pay the fees from outside the USA? 2016-10-10T15:26:51+00:00

Your enrollment advisor will guide you to pay via Western Union, MoneyGram, Bank Transfer or PayPal. You can check our payment instructions here.

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

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? 2016-10-10T15:30:05+00:00

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!

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

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? 2018-02-27T17:57:01+00:00

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

Do you have any rules I have to follow? 2017-05-02T01:01:25+00:00

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 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.

Can I bring my pet? 2016-10-10T15:34:36+00:00

Unfortunately, you cannot bring your pet to the programs.

Do I have to pay the tuition fee for the 18 month program before coming? 2016-10-10T15:35:51+00:00

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? 2016-10-08T20:04:57+00:00

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

How long have you been around? 2016-10-10T15:37:57+00:00

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.

Is OWC a non-profit organization? 2016-10-10T15:39:08+00:00

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? 2018-02-27T18:00:13+00:00

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.

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

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 am not available for 18 or 9 months, do you have shorter programs? 2017-05-02T01:04:46+00:00

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

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

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? 2016-10-10T15:47:49+00:00

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.

Is there an interview I need to attend to be able to join? 2016-10-10T15:49:26+00:00

Yes, however all interviews are conducted online or by the phone.

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

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? 2016-12-16T19:21:28+00:00

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.

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

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? 2016-10-10T15:51:09+00:00

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.

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

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 the 18 month program? 2016-10-08T19:48:08+00:00

You will earn 3 certificates, one from One World Center that certifies you as a Development Instructor; one from Humana People to People certifying your volunteer work during the service period abroad, and one from One World University in Mozambique awarding you with 62 academic credits for the studies you have done during the program. These 3 certificates will add a lot of value and experience to your professional resume.

Do I need to learn another language? 2016-10-08T19:46:52+00:00

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.

Do I need my own bike to join the 9 month program? 2016-10-10T15:52:35+00:00

You do not need to have your own bike to join us. However if you have one, we recommend you bring it.

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

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? 2016-10-10T15:55:04+00:00

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 months program only).

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

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+00:00

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.

Are there safety issues? 2016-10-10T15:56:47+00:00

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.

What about living arrangements? 2016-10-10T15:58:11+00:00

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.
In the case of the 18 month program, 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.
In the case of the 9 month program, your accommodations abroad may vary from couch surfing to camping. You and your team will decide how best to organize.

Where are the locations that the 18 month program serves? 2018-02-27T18:01:04+00:00

We travel to Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Brazil.

What is the 9 month’s program objective? 2016-10-08T19:31:58+00:00

Our objective is to bring awareness regarding Climate Change through traveling and studying people’s reality. We want to create digital and human channels of reliable information, as a way to fight the trend of misinformation that is growing around the world.

What is the 18 month’s program objective? 2016-10-08T19:29:41+00:00

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? 2016-10-10T15:59:59+00:00

The 18 month program starts in February, May, August and November. The 9 month program starts in March and September.

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

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? 2016-10-10T16:03:33+00:00

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 9 month program will award you with one certificate 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 9 month program? 2016-10-10T16:04:49+00:00

You should be 18 years old or older. You should be fully available for the 9 months and for traveling. We will ask you to agree with the program elements and framework, and that you fulfill the fundraising goal set to join a team. If you are not a USA citizen, you need to be eligible for a visitor visa and speak English.

What are the requirements for the 18 month program? 2016-10-10T16:06:36+00:00

You should be 18 years old or older. You need to have full time availability for the 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? 2016-10-10T16:06:06+00:00

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.

How is One World Center related to the DRH movement? 2016-10-12T16:31:01+00:00

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.

What is One World Center’s mission? 2016-10-08T19:00:38+00:00

One World Center is a research non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and empower ordinary people to take action against worldwide poverty. 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? 2016-10-10T16:08:15+00:00

We are not a religiously- or politically-affiliated organization.

Is this program strictly on a volunteer basis? 2016-10-10T16:09:36+00:00

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.

What are the differences between tuition and team fundraising? 2016-12-16T19:21:28+00:00

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.

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

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? 2016-12-16T19:21:28+00:00

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.

Can I use my own funds to join the 9 month program? 2016-10-10T16:13:30+00:00

Yes, you are more than welcome to add your own funds to your fundraising goal or self-fund the full amount.

How does the fundraising for the 9 month program work? 2016-10-08T18:41:40+00:00

The 9 month program fundraising is done before the team starts. You will make a plan together with your enrollment advisor and fundraise using your skills, networks and preferable tools. We will provide you with the guidance and materials to help you fulfill the goal.

How does the fundraising for the 18 month program work? 2016-10-10T16:15:20+00:00

During the first 6 months of the 18 month 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.

What of travel/food/lodging expenses are covered by the tuition and fundraising? 2016-12-16T19:21:29+00:00

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

How much does it cost to participate in a program? 2016-10-10T16:16:41+00:00

The organization brings down the cost to a reasonable one through its fundraising. This along with the fundraising you do and an enrollment and tuition fee, cover the expenses of the program. Check out the programs details to see the specific fees and fundraising for each program.

How is our stay covered financially? 2016-10-10T16:18:11+00:00

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.

Are there scholarships or aid available? 2018-03-26T15:45:51+00:00

Sometimes we have scholarships available which will reduce the tuition fee between 25% and 40%. The availability varies a lot, we can discuss your options during the enrollment process.

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

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.

Is there a cost required? 2016-10-10T16:19:40+00:00

Yes, there are costs that you will have to cover and others that the organization will cover. The 18 month program expenses are covered by the organization’s fundraising, your team’s fundraising, and the tuition and enrollment fees you will pay to join. The costs of the 9 month program will be covered by your individual fundraising, your enrollment fee and the organization’s fundraising.