People are often looking for ways to make a difference through contributions of their time, energies, and/or resources. Below is a list of organizations compiled by Steve Reifenberg that he believes are really making a difference in building bridges internationally and transforming lives in the process.
Voluntarios de la Esperanza
- Volunteers of diverse backgrounds and nationalities work with children in schools, community centers and orphanages to develop and implement educational programs and build lasting relationships. Our projects are created out of a desire to bring equality of opportunity to the children of Chile.
- Voluntarios de la Esperanza regularly places international volunteers at Domingo Savio.
Amigos de Las Americas
- Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS) is an international, non-profit organization that provides unparalleled leadership and community service opportunities for young people while concurrently contributing to the well-being of hundreds of communities throughout the Americas. Supported by a strong network of Pan-American chapters, high school and college students from diverse backgrounds work successfully with host communities and partner agencies to address health and education priorities.
- The minimum age for participation in an AMIGOS Latin American project is 16 years of age on or before the following September 1, provided that the individual has completed his or her sophomore year of high school.
- WorldTeach is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries.
- While the majority of volunteers are somewhat recent college graduates, many volunteers are older. Mid-career and retired candidates are encouraged to apply, as their skills and experience are in great demand overseas.
Causes Worthy of Support
- This is the orphanage where Steve Reifenberg worked in the early 1980s. He is still involved today.
- Olga Diaz continues to work with underprivileged children in Santiago, as her life’s work is about creating opportunities where there are few. Domingo Savio still exists in the same house on Tupungato Street, although in the past couple of years there have been significant changes. No longer a residential home, Domingo Savio is now a children’s community center, serving a much larger number of children from the neighborhood, and integrating these programs with their families as much as possible. Kids from the neighborhood participate in a series of daily workshops after school (from theater to martial arts to computers), as well as a program for academic assistance to reinforce basic reading, writing, and math skills. Underpinning the programs are values that stress the importance of self-initiative, tolerance, and respect for others.
- Domingo Savio has been incorporated as a 501(c)(3), and it welcomes online donations.
- You can also learn more by reading the Mi Club Domingo Savio blog [in Spanish].
Partners in Health
- Partners In Health is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Boston, Massachusetts, and active in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Russia, and the United States. Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through service, training, advocacy, and research, and by establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations, PIH strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.
- Partners In Health was formally founded in 1987 by Paul Farmer, Thomas J. White, and Todd McCormack, joined soon thereafter by Ophelia Dahl and Jim Yong Kim. The history of Partners In Health is recounted in Pulitzer Prizewinner Tracy Kidder�s bestselling book, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World (Random House, 2003).
Voluntarios de la Esperanza
- VE Global recruits and trains international volunteers to implement educational programs and act as positive role models for at-risk children in Santiago, Chile.
- It does not charge volunteering fees, and it is governed by a philosophy of greater opportunity for both the volunteers and the children it serves.
- WorldTeach is a non-governmental organization that provides opportunity for individuals to make a meaningful contribution to international education by living and working as volunteer teachers in developing countries.