Interesting short-term post-grad opportunities:
Designed to prepare college juniors or rising seniors from diverse backgrounds for graduate studies in public/or international affairs and groom them for professional roles in public service. There is an array of opportunities under the Fellowship which span a period of development from the junior year at college to beyond the completion of a graduate degree.
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Cool Works – Seasonal jobs in the national parks, ski resorts, ranches, etc.
Foundation Grants to Individuals – Explore ways to get funding for projects that interest you.
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Nannies Plus – US-based nanny placement agency
BUNAC – For a fee, the organization arranges work permits for short-term employment in Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and arranges volunteer placements in South Africa, Peru and Cambodia.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps – Largest Catholic volunteer program in the country, offering one-year or longer commitments to work for and with people who are homeless, unemployed, refugees, people with AIDS, the elderly, street youth, abused women and children, the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled. Positions in the US and internationally at hundreds of grassroots organizations.
Mercy Volunteer Corps – One-year volunteer opportunities in the U.S. and two-year opportunities in Guyana, South America. All Mercy volunteers work with those who are economically poor or marginalized in a spirit of solidarity and mutuality, live simply in community, and commit to personal and communal spiritual growth. Volunteer positions include fundraising, administration, healthcare, education, social work and direct care.
Peace Corps – Volunteers receive a living allowance, housing, full medical benefits, and deferment of student loans while they live in another country for two years, working at the grass-roots level to help solve some of the most important challenges facing the developing world. They serve in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach, health, community development, agriculture, business, the environment, and information technology.
Volunteers for Peace – International work camps, offering over 3400 different 2-3 week service opportunities in 100 countries throughout Western & Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and North, Central & South America. Small placement fee subsidizes living expenses. Projects include construction and restoration of low income housing or community buildings; environmental projects such as trail building, park maintenance, organic farming; social services such as working with children, the elderly, physically or mentally handicapped, refugees, relief work, minority groups, drug/alcohol recovery, AIDS education and arts projects; historic preservation and archaeology.
Watson Fellowship – Year-long grant for independent study and travel outside of the United States. Requires nomination by the College; see the Office of Fellowships & Prizes, whose website lists many additional fellowships.
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – An international NGO with consultative status in the United Nations Economic and Social Council, WILPF works to achieve, through peaceful means, world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, and an end to all forms of violence. WILPF offers a paid 12-month internship with the uN in Geneva and in New York.
World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWooF) – Join a WWOOF organization in your country of interest and access host farms that welcome volunteer help.
Inner-City Teaching Corps of Chicago – Two-year teaching program that places recent college graduates as teachers in inner-city Chicago classrooms.
MATCH Corps – One year urban education fellowship in Boston. Corps members are typically matched with two students, tutoring them and providing additional academic support in particular subject areas and providing unique out-of-school activities for students.
Teach for America – National corps of recent college graduates of all academic majors, who commit to teach for two years in under-resourced urban and rural public schools with the overall aim of eliminating educational inequity. Corps members are paid directly by the school districts where they work and receive the same salaries and health benefits as other beginning teachers.
Good overviews of Teaching Abroad: